We are currently inviting applications for new members of our Ceramics Studio at Wysing in Cambridgeshire. Our public access programme offers members access to the studio for up to 8 hours a week for a membership fee. 


About the Ceramics Studio

Our ceramics studio was originally founded in 2014 by Grantchester Pottery and has a range of equipment including moulds, wheels and two kilns. Historically, the space has been used primarily by Wysing studio and residency artists, but we'd like to invite people who live fairly locally to enjoy the space too. 

Public access open days will be Thursdays each week between 10.00-8.00pm and the first Saturday of each month 10.00-6.00pm. 

The room can support up to a maximum of 6 people working at any one time. 

Some basic materials will be available to buy at cost in the studio, but you can also bring and store your own clay at Wysing as part of your membership. 

If you'd like to come and see the space before applying for membership, we're hosting an open day on Thursday 5th May between 11.00-3.00pm when you can come and have a look. To attend, please book a free ticket here: https://tinyurl.com/CeramicsOpenDay 


About Wysing

Wysing believes in the transformative social and personal benefits of art and creativity, and that a more just world can only be achieved if everyone has equal access to the time and space needed to imagine it. Wysing provides accessible opportunities and resources to think and create, outside the habits of daily life. We support artists to develop their talent; we advocate for the immense value they have in the world, and we work to create the conditions necessary for them to have sustainable careers.


Membership Options

£140 per month, paid by direct debit on the first day of the month. Cancel any time with 30 days notice.

£800 for six months, paid upfront

£1,500 for one year, paid upfront.


About How We'll Select Members

The studio will not be staffed by a technician during all of the public access times (although we will have technicians working regularly on firings). Given this, we're expecting all members to have a good level of understanding and experience of working with clay - this includes knowledge about the health and safety within a ceramics studio and the responsible handling of toxic materials (i.e. glazes). 

Although we have four wheels in the studio, we're a small operation and just starting out, so we won't be able to get through the firing requirements if we have too many throwers. So we'll need to balance our memberships to include a range of practices. 


How to Apply 

Please use this form to send us some further information about your experience of working with ceramics, the kind of work you make and any information you want to share about how membership to the studio will benefit you and your practice. 

If you would prefer to submit your application in audio or video format instead of written format this can be uploaded.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 25 May 2022. 


What Happens After I've Applied

The Wysing team will take a look at applications after the 25th May. If you've been selected, we'll be in touch with you to let you know how to book the space and to arrange a health and safety induction first of all. You should be able to access the studio from June onwards.



WYSING ARTS CENTRE -  HOUSEKEEPER/CARETAKER VACANCY 


About Wysing

Wysing’s vision is to cultivate the freewheeling imagination. We believe that everybody has the right to time and space for creativity.

Wysing Arts Centre is based in Bourn, Cambridgeshire. The site includes 20 studios for artists who live nearby, a 17th century farmhouse where visiting artists stay, a gallery, a ceramics studio, a recording studio, fields, woodland, and several outdoor artworks.

Wysing invites artists from across the world to stay and reflect on their practice, outside the habits of daily life. Wysing often champions artists who have not been well supported by mainstream gallery and funding systems. Several artists have gone on to win the Turner Prize or Paul Hamlyn award. Some artists go on to have exhibitions in Wysing’s gallery, and many participate in Wysing’s lively programme of events.

Wysing engages people of all ages through artist-led workshops, events, online projects, gatherings and an alternative art school called The Syllabus. Wysing is currently building a Youth Council who will have decision-making powers in the organisation and is also investigating how to be more accessible, including different ways to share its resources – land, land, buildings, skills, and knowledge – more equitably.

About the role 

Wysing’s Housekeeper / Caretaker is crucial to the smooth running of our organisation, and we are looking for someone who can support our small team to provide the warm welcome to artists and publics that we are known for. Wysing’s Housekeeper/Caretaker looks after the farmhouse and on-site accommodation; ensures it is kept to a high standard of cleanliness, and provides a hosting role in caring for artists during their time at Wysing. The role is responsible for cleaning, making beds and laundry, as well as cooking occasionally. As well as facilitating our artist residencies, the role also supports commercial hires such as AirBnb bookings and other external hires of other rooms and facilities by setting up furniture and tidying up afterwards.

The role also supports the Site and Technical Manager to ensure the farmhouse and wider site is well maintained and safe for artists and visitors to enjoy.

The role will suit someone who has an artistic or other freelance practice, who enjoys working with artists and takes pride in creating a clean and welcoming home. Live-in accommodation is offered as part of this role, at a subsidised rent.

Job Description

Position: Housekeeper/Caretaker
Hours: 17 hours per week (delivered flexibly but including 0.5 hours Monday to Friday for lock up)

Salary: Living Wage standard, currently £9.90 per hour. Role includes the opportunity for subsidised on-site accommodation.

Location: Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn, Cambridgeshire, CB23 2TX (site based)

Reporting to: Deputy Director

Housekeeper/Caretaker Main Duties

· Ensure the farmhouse and other onsite accommodation is clean, cared for, well maintained, and presented to a high standard for all visitors.

· Be the first point of contact for arrivals at the Farmhouse, welcoming artists-in-residence, AirBnB / commercial hires and other visitors to the site and maintaining contact with them throughout in the role of farmhouse host.

· Ensure the farmhouse kitchen stock is organised and monitored.

· Undertake a quarterly inventory of equipment and furniture in the farmhouse and working with the Site and Technical Manager ensure appropriate repairs are completed.

· Inform the Site and Technical Manager of any maintenance or Health & Safety Issues relating to the Farmhouse and general site.

· Monitor the farmhouse oil tank and advise the Site & Technical Manager when heating oil is required.

· Working with Wysing’s Curators and Site & Technical Manager to ensure that all artwork installed in the farmhouse is cared for and monitored appropriately.

· Support the implementation of and adherence to Wysing's Environmental Action Plan by monitoring and adjusting central heating systems, ensuring lights are off and windows closed as necessary, and be active in proposing new systems to conserve energy. Also includes promoting recycling, composting and other environmental initiatives within the farmhouse.

Caretaking Duties

· Collect recycling from offices and ensure rubbish and recycling bins are put out for weekly collections.

· Assist in the daily security and safety of the site; locking up the site and buildings each evening and after events to ensure that all doors, windows and gates are secure.

· Undertake appropriate training to act as an onsite first-aider.

· In the event of an emergency out of hours, contact the appropriate emergency service, Site and Technical Manager or Operations Director as appropriate.

General

· Carry out other tasks reasonably requested, in accordance with the post holder’s skills and qualifications.

· Maintain high standards of professional delivery for everyone accessing our organisation including artists, partner organisations and visitors.

· The post-holder will be expected to work in accordance with Wysing Arts Centre’s Code of Conduct, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy, Health and Safety Policy and may be required to have a DBS check.

Hours of work

Core hours are flexible, but 0.5 hours of lock up to be done after 6.00pm Monday to Friday

Emergency call out between midnight and 8am @£10.50 per hour

Person Specification

Essential:

  • High standards of cleanliness with attention to detail.
  • Good people skills. 
  • Flexible approach and good organisational skills to accommodate changing schedules.
  • Experience of hosting and meeting artists.
  • An understanding and empathy with the vision, mission, values and aims of Wysing Arts Centre.
  • An understanding and commitment to Health and Safety in the Workplace.

Desirable:

  • An interest in contemporary art.
  • Experience of maintenance and practical skills.
  • First Aid qualification.


ADDITONAL INFORMATION

Other Opportunities

Depending on the post-holders skills and experience, there may be opportunities for additional freelance work with Wysing: 

  • Provide Reception duties and weekend reception cover during periods when our gallery is open to the public.
  • Provide support to the Site and Technical Manager with site maintenance and gallery installations.
  • Provide support to the Site and Technical Manager with room preparation and set-up.
  • Provide support with aspects of site and land management.
  • If you are a practising freelance artist or creative, there may      be opportunities to deliver workshops as part of our Education Programme.

Accommodation

· If needed, we are able to provide onsite accommodation at a subsidised rent.

· If needed, we are able to provide an onsite artist studio at a subsidised rent.

Wysing's Vision, Mission, Values and Aims 

WYSING’S VISION
To cultivate the freewheeling imagination.

WYSING’S MISSION
Wysing believes in the transformative social and personal benefits of art and creativity, and that a more just world can only be achieved if everyone has equal access to the time and space needed to imagine it. Wysing provides accessible opportunities and resources to think and create, outside the habits of daily life. We support artists to develop their talent; we advocate for the immense value they have in the world, and we work to create the conditions necessary for them to have sustainable careers.

WYSING’S VALUES AND AIMS

· Collaborative: Work together to build resources.

· Generous: Model change, sharing our resources equitably.

· Agile: Create and seize opportunity.

· Attentive: Listen to what people have to say and respond effectively.

· Transparent: Build trust and be open about how we work.

· Ethical: Avoid causing harm to people and the planet.

FLEXIBLE WORKING

We recognise that people have commitments and responsibilities outside of work and we support flexible working.

Application process 

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 12thJune.

We are not able to accept applications after the deadline. Interviews will be held week commencing 20thJune.

Please use this online submission form to provide:

1. Details of your previous employment and relevant work experience. List each employer and give a short description of your role alongside dates of employment and reason for leaving.  

2. What interests you about the post and working at Wysing Arts Centre? Please use this section to articulate why you want to work at Wysing in this role.  

3. Information on how your skills, abilities, and experience match the key points in the job description and person specification. 

4. Your contact details. 

5. Contact details for two referees. 

Applications can be made in video or audio format if required and if you have any other access needs to be able to make an application to us, please contact Ceri (details below).

We are committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We are particularly keen to receive applications from those who identify as from marginalised backgrounds based on age, racialisation, gender identity or sexuality, disability or long term health condition, pregnancy, maternity or marital status, religion or belief, and class background or class identity.

We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in the arts sector and we therefore encourage applications from all sectors of the community including those with more diverse backgrounds.

As a Disability Confident Leader, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. Please indicate you are d/Deaf or disabled in your application so that you can be interviewed if you meet the minimum criteria.

For an informal chat about the role, please call 01954 717104 or email ceri.littlechild@wysingartscentre.org


WYSING ARTS CENTRE -  FINANCE MANAGER VACANCY 


About Wysing

Wysing’s vision is to cultivate the freewheeling imagination. We believe that everybody has the right to time and space for creativity.


Wysing Arts Centre is based in Bourn, Cambridgeshire. The site includes 20 studios for artists who live nearby, a 17th century farmhouse where visiting artists stay, a gallery, a ceramics studio, a recording studio, fields, woodland, and several outdoor artworks.


Wysing invites artists from across the world to stay and reflect on their practice, outside the habits of daily life. Wysing often champions artists who have not been well supported by mainstream gallery and funding systems. Several artists have gone on to win the Turner Prize or Paul Hamlyn award. Some artists go on to have exhibitions in Wysing’s gallery, and many participate in Wysing’s lively programme of events.


Wysing engages people of all ages through artist-led workshops, events, online projects, gatherings and an alternative art school called The Syllabus. Wysing is currently building a Youth Council who will have decision-making powers in the organisation and is also investigating how to be more accessible, including different ways to share its resources – land, land, buildings, skills, and knowledge – more equitably.


About the role

This role is key to our organisation, and we are looking for a Finance Manager with excellent attention to detail, to work within our small team to look after day-to-day bookkeeping, monthly payroll and supporting the Deputy Director with the delivery of exemplar charity financial management.

Job Description


Position: Finance Manager
Hours: 10 hours per week (delivered flexibly)

Contract: Freelance (PAYE negotiable)

Location: Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn, Cambridgeshire (this role can be site based, remote or hybrid)

Rate of Pay: £15-18 per hour dependent on experience

Reporting to: Deputy Director

Key Responsibilities

  • Carry out all book-keeping duties for the company.
  • Manage monthly payroll including pensions and auto-enrolment.
  • Support statutory reporting.
  • Work closely with budget holders to ensure accurate budgetary information and coding.

Detailed Responsibilities

  • Process and maintain accurate and up-to-date electronic records of all day-to-day accounting transactions on Xero.
  • Raise invoices to artists and other customers, process receipts, maintain the sale ledger and pursue debts as necessary.
  • Post purchase invoices from paperless system, process supplier payments and maintain the purchase ledger.
  • Manage petty cash, credit card and other bank payments and receipts.
  • Complete bank reconciliations on a weekly basis.
  • Prepare regular cost reports for budget-holders, including tracking movements in restricted funds and projects.
  • Manage the monthly payroll, process wages payments (including PAYE and pension contributions), deal with HMRC and the company pension scheme.
  • Input of quarter end journal entries such as depreciation, accruals and prepayments, and reconcile the balance sheet.
  • Assist in the preparation of quarterly management accounts.
  • Process quarterly VAT returns and associated payments to HMRC.
  • Support the Deputy Director in the submission of Gift Aid claims, reports to funders and annual tax relief returns (e.g. Museums and Galleries Tax Relief)
  • Liaise with the company’s auditors, assist during the audit process and ensure subsequent statutory deadlines are met.
  • Take part in communicating financial policies and procedures to staff and make recommendations for improvements in line with best practice.
  • Attend training courses where appropriate.
  • Carry out other tasks reasonably requested, in accordance with the post holder’s skills and qualifications.
  • Work in accordance with Wysing Arts Centre’s Code of Conduct, Health & Safety, Environment and Equal Opportunities Policies at all times.

Essential requirements

  • At least three years’ bookkeeping experience.
  • Proficiency in using digital accounting software and running a paperless service. (preferably Xero and hubdoc).
  • A sound understanding of accounting principles and practice.
  • Highly numerate including Maths qualification (at least to GCSE level).
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills.
  • Able to work using own initiative with the ability to prioritise.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience of preparing management accounts.

Desirable

  • Experience of charity accounting.
  • Experience of using Xero.
  • Experience of preparing statutory accounts.
  • Experience of the audit process.

WYSING’S VISION, MISSION, VALUES AND AIMS:

VISION: To cultivate the freewheeling imagination.

MISSION: Wysing believes in the transformative social and personal benefits of art and creativity, and that a more just world can only be achieved if everyone has equal access to the time and space needed to imagine it. Wysing provides accessible opportunities and resources to think and create, outside the habits of daily life. We support artists to develop their talent; we advocate for the immense value they have in the world, and we work to create the conditions necessary for them to have sustainable careers.

VALUES AND AIMS:

· Collaborative: Work together to build resources.

· Generous: Model change, sharing our resources equitably.

· Agile: Create and seize opportunity.

· Attentive: Listen to what people have to say, and respond effectively.

· Transparent: Build trust, and be open about how we work.

· Ethical: Avoid causing harm to people and the planet.


Application process 


The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 30th May 2022. 


We are not able to accept applications after the deadline. Interviews will be held week commencing 6th June.


Please use this online submission form to provide: 


1. Details of your previous employment and relevant work experience. List each employer and give a short description of your role alongside dates of employment and reason for leaving.  
2. What interests you about the post and working at Wysing Arts Centre? Please use this section to articulate why you want to work at Wysing in this role.  
3. Information on how your skills, abilities, and experience match the key points in the job description and person specification.
4. Your contact details.
5. Contact details for two referees. 


Applications can be made in video or audio format if required and if you have any other access needs to be able to make an application to us, please contact Ceri (details below).


We are committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We are particularly keen to receive applications from those who identify as from marginalised backgrounds based on age, racialisation, gender identity or sexuality, disability or long term health condition, pregnancy, maternity or marital status, religion or belief, and class background or class identity.


We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in the arts sector and we therefore encourage applications from all sectors of the community including those with more diverse backgrounds.


As a Disability Confident Leader, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. Please indicate you are d/Deaf or disabled in your application so that you can be interviewed if you meet the minimum criteria.


For an informal chat about the role, please call 01954 717104 or email ceri.littlechild@wysingartscentre.org

Wysing Arts Centre