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Freelance Consultant/Project Manager required

Tuesday 9th March, 2010

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Embrace Arts, University of Leicester requires a freelance consultant to lead and manage its learning and events programmes whilst the Director is on maternity leave.

Embrace Arts has recently launched a new identity that reflects the breadth of its purpose and aims as the University of Leicester’s arts centre to be creative, inclusive, vibrant and welcoming. With our 180 seater hall, three studios, extensive exhibition gallery and bright foyer spaces, we are still one of the only arts centres in the UK that can boast a fully-accessible facility. Our commitment to offer opportunities without barriers in ways that challenge and inspire is clearly stated in our strapline “open to all”.

We continue to be very proud of our association with Lord Attenborough and all that has been achieved since the centre opened in 1997.

Vision To be a nationally recognised regional centre of excellence for arts and inclusion

Funding Embrace Arts is funded annually by the University of Leicester and is in receipt of project funding from Arts Council England, Leicester City Council and Trusts and Foundations.

Learning Embrace Arts has an annual Creative learning programme of accredited and non-accredited 10 week courses across visual arts, music and dance. It is also developing a programme of shorter courses and workshops.

Events From September 2010 it is planned to anchor our other events programming around 3 festival points: Black History season (October), Leicester Comedy festival (February) and Spark Children’s Festival (May/June). Events programmed during these periods will be disability focused.

There is a year-round music programme which consists of a classical music series, professional jazz series, “Introducing” and Arts Bar music – these are programmed by the Music Manager. There is a series of 5 exhibitions per year with associated education and project work. We are currently extending our remit to other venues across campus.

Projects Embrace Arts is starting to develop its disability-focused projects to enable high quality work involving its local and regional communities. This often takes the form of outreach activity.

Skills/experience needed:

• Excellent leadership, communication and people management skills • Ability to programme disability-focused events and events • Financial management and ability to work within a tight budget • Experience of managing a small-scale venue • Understanding of marketing campaigns/strategies • Ability to build partnerships both within the university and externally • Track record of successful fundraising • Knowledge of local/regional arts context

The successful applicant will report to Jackie Dunne, Director: Institute of Lifelong Learning.

Fee: £24,000 for average of 3 days per week for 40 weeks commencing 7 April 2010. Office space is provided at Embrace Arts, Richard Attenborough Centre, University of Leicester

Applicants are required to send a CV detailing relevant experience/skills and a short proposal (maximum 2 sides A4) highlighting how they would ensure that Embrace Arts continues to flourish whilst the Director is on maternity leave.

For further information and to apply on-line, please visit our website http://www2.le.ac.uk/jobs

Louisa Milburn: Director can be contacted on 0116 252 2455 or lm128@le.ac.uk for an informal discussion.

Application deadline: 19 March Interviews on Thursday 25 March Start date: 7 April

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