Barra Culture – Programme Director
Creative People and Places
Barra Culture is looking to appoint an exceptional individual, a well-connected creative leader to be an integral part of the cultural change in Barrow-in-Furness. Barra Culture is one of 12 Creative People and Places (CPP) projects recently awarded funding by Arts Council England with the aim of increasing participation in the arts, particularly amongst those least involved.
Those in Barrow who already engage in the arts are absolutely passionate about it, but currently the town lacks the range of opportunities for participation that people in cities and more affluent towns take for granted. Residents in Barrow face significant barriers to taking part and the level of participation in the cultural activity that does take place is amongst the lowest in the country.
This exciting, once-in-a-generation programme aims to transform the cultural landscape and infrastructure in our geographically remote but creative and proud town. The four-year intervention will spark aspiration and pride across the local populace, taking our residents on a journey to explore and celebrate their sense of selves in collaboration with established world class, exciting and innovative new artistic talent.
As Programme Director you will lead in the management of projects across the wider artistic programme, building on the framework outlined in the Barra Culture CPP application document. Working in collaboration with communities in Barrow’s five most deprived wards (Hindpool, Ormsgill, Central, Barrow Island and Walney), Barra Culture’s expected outcomes include a programme of ambitious artists’ residencies, commissions, workshops and events that will culminate in a large scale celebratory festival in Barrow’s town centre. The programme will place emphasis on working with artists, makers, and partner organisations who can help us to develop and explore ground-breaking models of practice in engagement; models that are radical, sustainable outward looking, and with international links. Using the power of the arts to delve into the issues and conversations that preoccupy residents, your goal is to get them excited, enthused and dedicated to arts and culture as both makers and consumers – a key goal is to boost participation to half the population.
Your role will also include working in partnership with our research team to devise and pilot innovative tools for engaging deprived and isolated communities with the arts and finding fresh ways to collect, disseminate and spread our learning.
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