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Assistant Artist (Fife)

Website Starcatchers

Title of post: Assistant Artist (Fife)
Accountable to: Lead Artist (Fife), Community Engagement Manager
Responsible for: No line management responsibilities.
Contract type: Freelance
Fee: £3000; £100 per day for 30 days between August 2022 and March 2023
Location: Scotland-based and working from home

Starcatchers are looking for a socially motivated, collaborative artist to support the delivery of our arts-based programme in Fife.
Starcatchers run weekly arts sessions for young parents (16 -25 years) and their little ones. We will create beautiful, exciting and responsive experiences for adult and child, and provide a space for parents to socialise and support each other. This project is run in partnership with Fife Gingerbread.

You will have experience working with children, or in a community setting, and have a personable nature that makes people of all ages feel welcome and at ease. You will be keen to develop your skills in the delivery of arts session, and have an interest in one or all of: theatre and drama, music, visual art, or dance and movement. This role would suit someone based in (or within easy access of) Fife.

As the Assistant Artist you will work closely with the Lead Artist who will lead on the logistical, practical and creative project planning. The Assistant artist’s role will be to support delivery of the work with families each week, contribute to creative planning, and to connect and communicate effectively with families.
The fee will be £3000 – planned at £100 per day for 30 days between August 2022 and March 2023. This includes supporting the delivery of 26 morning and afternoon sessions and 4planning days, travel time to storage unit in Dunfermline before and after sessions and travel time to sessions. Working day 9am till 4pm.
Sessions are held in Cowdenbeath 11-12 and Dunfermline 2-3pm on a Tuesday.

The Assistant Artist will be required to undertake a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland.

Purpose of the role
Duties & responsibilities
• To support the delivery of Starcatchers’ weekly sessions in Fife, this includes
setting up and re-packing the activities, greeting participants, providing
refreshments and enabling families to take part in the activities
• Work side-by-side with the Lead Artist to ensure smooth running of the project
• To support the project in achieving excellent artistic and social outcomes
• To nurture and grow strong trusted relationships with the families, and helping
to plan responsively to their interests, needs and long-term benefit
• Contribute weekly reports capturing what was delivered, artistically, and the
responses from participants
• To work with the Starcatchers team to ensure evaluation, reporting and funding
targets are met
• Attend relevant training as and when required
• Positively represent Starcatchers at events
• Any other duties appropriate to the post and organisation
Skills and abilities

Essential
• Experience collaborating with other artists and practitioners
• Experience working on high-quality arts engagement activity, or other activity in
a community setting
• Excellent communication skills, interpersonal, organisation and planning skills.
An approachable, enthusiastic presence
• An ability to deliver activities for a variety of groups and participants with
varying needs
• An ability to work as part of a small team and show initiative
• Knowledge of the children’s arts sector in Scotland and how arts can support
social change

Desirable
• Degree (or equivalent professional experience) in the arts: theatre, music, dance,
visual art, poetry/literature etc
• Experience working with Early Years children or families
• Additional training or qualifications in community engagement, arts for social
change, trauma-informed practice, working with additional needs
• A full driving licence and access to own car

To apply
Recruitment schedule
13th June Recruitment launched
11th July Application deadline
18th July Interviews/ selection event
w/c 23rd August 2022 Start date

To apply please send covering letter detailing why you are interested in the position and the skills you have along with a copy of your CV to lead artist Roz McAndrew on roz.mcandrew@starcatcatchers.org.uk by 11th July 2022.
For more information on the role please contact Roz McAndrew.