Artist Residencies 2018
We are taking a different programming approach during 2018 and have changed how we are structuring artist residencies.
Instead of offering a fixed timeframe and fee, we want to enable residencies that might last a weekend, a month, two months, a year, or over multiple visits; however long artists think they need. We do not have a fixed number of residencies in mind and will shape our programme in response to this open call.
Our aim is to offer our site and resources to artists working across a range of practices who wish to develop new work within an atmosphere of collaboration. We are particularly keen to work with artists who have not yet been able to access opportunities at Wysing, and those whose work, or networks, empower and support diverse communities of interest.
We are interested in hearing from artists who are already working within self-organised groups who would like to use this opportunity to strengthen the group, those who want to come together for the first time to collaborate on new ideas, and artists who might want to bring their children or families.
To apply, you will need to tell us:
- Your proposed dates and timeframe
- Information on what you plan to do during the residency and why this is the right time for you/the project you are applying with
- Information on any public elements to the residency
- What other resources you need
- How much funding you need
- Our five-bedroomed farmhouse, with shared kitchen and bathrooms, that sleeps up to 10
- A self-contained live/work studio that sleeps up to 4
- Three studios
- A music/recording studio
- A ceramics studio
- A large seminar/meeting room
- Use of a vehicle
- Funding for fees, production and travel
- Access to curatorial and technical staff
- An engaged and interested context, including visitors to the site and an online audience
You will need to apply online via Submittable (once you have set up an account you can return to your application any time up until the deadline which is midnight on Monday 11 December 2017). It is recommended that you apply with enough time to approach us with any questions or queries in using the Submittable website. We are not able to accept applications after the deadline.
We are happy to accept applications that have been recorded on video or audio and uploaded onto Submittable instead of written applications.You will need to provide
- Your proposed dates and timeframe
- Information on what you propose to do during the residency and why this is the right time for you/the project you are applying with
- Information on any public elements to the residency
- Details of what resources you need from us (number of rooms, studios, etc)
- An outline budget and how much funding you need; to include fees, production and travel (we expect most residencies will be in the funding range of £500 to £5,000)
- Six examples of work by each person involved, or other relevant material
- A current CV, or if applying as a group short biographies on each person
We have prepared a FAQ sheet – download a PDF of frequently asked questions here.
We will be hosting three site open days when Wysing staff will be on hand to talk about the residencies and take questions and queries. The dates of these are 30 November, 1 December, 2 December (also the date of an event organised with current residency artists, details here).
You can also book a phone call with one of our curators.
Book a place via Eventbrite here.
The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 11 December 2017
Site and Technical Manager
Full-time, 37.5 hrs per week
£27,000 per year plus 3% pension contribution
25 days’ holiday plus bank holidays
The Site and Technical Manager plays an essential role in the delivery of projects within Wysing’s busy programme of residencies, retreats, exhibitions and events, and is responsible for the effective management of Wysing’s buildings and extensive grounds. The Site and Technical Manager communicates with a range of people including artists, the public, and contractors, and supports the Deputy Director in ensuring that all aspects of the site and programme are delivered to a high standard. The Site and Technical Manager is supported by the Caretaker/Housekeeper and a number of freelance technical staff.
Responsible to: Deputy Director
- Work in collaboration with Wysing staff and artists, alongside contractors, suppliers and others, to ensure that the necessary technical planning and preparation is carried out for all artistic activity at Wysing, and to give technical support, assistance and advice to artists undertaking residencies, exhibitions, projects and events at Wysing and at off-site locations where appropriate.
- Ensure Wysing’s site and buildings are safe, well maintained, fit for purpose and ready for use as required including, carrying out repairs, managing the cleaning, maintenance and security of the site, buildings, offices, artists’ studios and grounds, and the engagement and supervision of contractors.
- Work with the Director, Deputy Director and Head of Partnerships to implement site improvements that enhance artist and visitor experience and reduce overhead costs.
- Agree schedules of work with the Deputy Director and implement in a timely fashion and within agreed budgets.
- Work in collaboration with the programme team to ensure good forward planning is in place for the programme, and to ensure it is delivered effectively and efficiently.
- Ensure that artists have a positive experience of working at Wysing through good planning and a flexible and ‘can-do’ approach.
- Oversee maintenance and security of the site, including line management of the live-in Caretaker/Housekeeper.
- Maintain and develop a network of freelance technicians and specialists that Wysing works with to assist in delivering projects and site maintenance works.
- Work collaboratively with external programme and organisational partners on the planning and delivery of projects, where appropriate.
- Undertake management and budgetary responsibilities for site repair and maintenance.
- Maintain an inventory of tools and equipment and manage systems for the effective loan and hire of equipment and resources, such as the recording studio.
- Arrange regular maintenance and safety inspections of the buildings, site, site artworks, machinery and equipment, as required and in line with current legislation.
- Support the ongoing maintenance of IT for the organisation, working with other staff and external consultants.
- Support funding applications through soliciting quotes and providing information as required.
- Perform general administrative tasks related to the post and carry out other tasks reasonably requested in accordance with the post holder’s skills and qualifications.
- Support and inform the implementation and delivery of site improvements and development, in line with Wysing's Business Plan and Environmental Action Plan.
- Deliver all technical aspects of the artistic programme including supporting artists to make their work and realise exhibitions and projects, music and education programmes.
- Undertake the installation of all projects and exhibitions to the highest possible standard.
- Set up audio visual equipment for events, including online live streaming and the recording of events.
- Ensure technical support is in place for the recording and ceramics studios, and manage the repair and maintenance of equipment.
- Undertake repairs to site artworks, buildings and site where it is within the skill of the post-holder.
- Prepare rooms for meetings, workshops, private hires and other activities and ensure rooms are properly cleaned and maintained.
- Be the on-site first aider and ensure first aid boxes are kept up to date and stocked.
- Be the on-site fire warden and supervise weekly tests and regular fire drills.
- Ensure that all artists, visitors, participants at Wysing Arts Centre receive the highest possible standards of care and customer service.
- Work in accordance with Wysing Arts Centre’s Health & Safety and Equal Opportunities Policies at all times.
- Carry out other tasks reasonably requested by the senior management team, in accordance with the post holder’s skills and qualifications.
- A practical and positive ‘can-do’ approach
- Good communication and negotiation skills
- Excellent organisational skills and the ability to meet deadlines
- Able to work using own initiative with the ability to prioritise
- Able to work collaboratively as part of a team
- Able to be adaptive and flexible
- Experience of project or exhibition installation
- Experience of technical support to artists
- Experience of managing budgets
- A good level of computer literacy
- Willingness to work at height, and experience with the use of access equipment
- Willingness to work evenings and weekends as required
- An understanding and empathy with the aims of Wysing Arts Centre
- An understanding and commitment to Health and Safety in the Workplace
A DBS check will be required for this role
The post-holder will be expected to work in accordance with Wysing Arts Centre’s Equality and Diversity Policy and within the organisations Health and Safety Policy
HOW TO APPLY
The deadline for applications is midnight, Monday 15 January 2018
Interviews will take place on Monday
29 January 2018 at Wysing Arts Centre.
Once you have set up a Submittable account you can return to your application any time up until the deadline which is 11.59pm, Monday 15 January 2018. Please allow enough time to approach us with any questions or queries in using the Submittable website. We are not able to accept applications after the deadline.
- Details of your previous employment and relevant work experience. Please list each employer and give a short description of your role. Please also include dates of employment and reasons for leaving.
- Information on how your skills, abilities, and experience match the key points in the job description and person specification.
- Information on what interests you about the post and working at Wysing Arts Centre.
- Your contact details
- Contact details for two referees
- A current CV
We will not accept CV’s alone and the application procedure must be adhered to in order to be eligible.
If you have any access or other issues that you wish to discuss with us before applying, please contact us on 01954 718881.