12 x Freelance Community Engagement Artists

Making Time by Mark Murphy, Blast! Festival 2019 © David Rowan

Role duration: 3 months; start date: 18 January, 2021

Fee: £175.00 per day (for the number of days specified for each project)

Please note: the roles are open to all West Midlands artists but we will prioritise those who live in Sandwell and the Black Country. 

Multistory is developing a digital, community engaged arts programme as part of the Wednesbury High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ), funded by Sandwell Council and Historic England, to take place between January 2021 and March 2021. To do this, we will co-produce a creative programme that explores Wednesbury’s past, present and future with local partners, groups and artists.

We are looking for 12 artists with a background in community engagement /socially engaged practice to work with a range of local groups to co-create 9 digital art projects that explore the historic past and future of Wednesbury High Street.  By ‘digital’ we mean the projects and workshops will need to be delivered online and the content created will also be digital (e.g. photographs, audio, film, moving images, etc) so that it can be shared on social media platforms and on the interactive map. Given the pandemic, and the short time frame of this programme, you will need to be able to work remotely and send images/sound/content digitally.  A Creative Producer will work with all of the artists to curate and support the production of the content and the interactive map.

We are seeking applications from artists regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, religion and/or belief.  We particularly encourage applications from those who identify barriers to their practice and with lived experience of inequality.

How to Apply

Make sure you’ve read the full Job Specification before applying: Community Engagement Artists Job Description

The deadline for the application is Friday 11 December 2020, at 10 am.

Send a written proposal (max two sides of A4) stating the project(s) number(s) that you are interested in and outlining your ideas; what excites you about it; what relevant skills and experience you can bring to the specific project(s); how your practice would inform the project(s); and if relevant what your relationship is to Sandwell and/or the Black Country.  If you prefer you can send a sound recording or video proposal instead (max 5 minutes).

Please also send us up to three examples of your work (this could be photographs, audio, film, a website link, text or other documentation) that you’ve done or been part of.

Please provide two references (or names and email addresses for two referees).

Please complete and return the Monitoring Form

Email your proposal, along with the monitoring form to info@multistory.org.uk  with ‘Community Engagement Artist’ in the subject line, along with your name, address, email and mobile number.

If you’d like to talk with someone in the team about the project or the role before you apply, please email caronwright@multistory.org.uk

Please also let Caron know if we can do anything to make the application process more accessible for you.