Creative Assistant

The Creative Assistant role is an opportunity for a recent performing arts graduate or an artist at the early stage of their career, a response to an incredibly difficult landscape for those considering how to begin their careers. It is suited to a person interested in learning more about how artist-led organisations work, and the varied work required of those in small independent companies.

The six-month part-time opportunity includes:

  • Sustained experience of work in a professional environment and time for the successful candidate to prepare themselves for a role working as an independent artist or in an independent organisation.

  • Formal training support, tailored to the successful candidate

  • A £7,523 fee

This is a freelance position, working across a number of our projects, mainly in the north of England. Much of our activity during the role relates to our artist support strand, FIELD; we are also planning a significant socially engaged project and working towards touring activity for 2022. A small number of touring performances may take place during the engagement period.

The successful candidate will work alongside Two Destination Language’s directors as they plan and deliver creative projects while managing the charity, supporting the organisation’s ambitious plans and contributing to the cultural sector. This includes:

  • Administrative and production management tasks which may include research, venue liaison, partner liaison, artist liaison, logistics

  • Fundraising: planning, writing and reporting on applications

  • Development and implementation of marketing plans including social media

  • Work with professional artists and non-professional community members on creative projects

  • Working with other artists and the public on engagement and delivery activity

The successful applicant will be someone who:

  • Has a degree in a performance discipline, or can demonstrate equivalent experience

  • Has begun to establish their own artistic practice, and wants to broaden their experience of other methods and approaches to making (this could be a practice in live art, contemporary performance, movement, creative producing, interdisciplinary work, video and photography -- but the role is less suitable for someone focused solely on static visual art practices)

  • Wants to develop their understanding of running a small artist-led organisation

  • Can demonstrate an interest in working across cultural differences, learning from the different perspectives our partners and collaborators bring

  • Feels confident working alone and within teams, showing initiative and taking direction

  • Has strong communication skills and is personable, with the ability to bring joy and energy to bear on their work

As an organisation interested in intercultural dialogue, we take an inclusive approach and particularly encourage and prioritise applications from people whose experience or background is under-represented in the arts.

Practical

This is a freelance role across six months, with an average time commitment across the contract of 3 days per week, with exclusive services in the 6-17 September period. September 6-17 is a residency at East St Arts in Leeds, which will require the Creative Assistant’s attendance; other work can be performed at locations by mutual agreement but since the company is based at ARC Stockton, and the directors live near Berwick-upon-Tweed, it is likely to suit candidates based in the northeast. (This is not a barrier to applying from other places, but please consider how you would travel for in-person meetings/events, and the time commitment involved.)

Starting date is negotiable, but as soon as practically possible.

The fee for this contract is £7,523. This is a freelance post and applicants should understand that they are responsible for their own tax and national insurance.

The role will involve working from home or another space the candidate can access; good internet access will be needed.

To apply

Send a CV (or link to website) with one-page covering letter explaining why you’d benefit from this opportunity to producing@twodestinationlanguage.com If you prefer, you can send us a voice or video application, of no more than three minutes.

Applications will be open until 9th August, although we encourage early submissions. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview.

This role is made possible by support from the Garfield Weston Foundation and Arts Council England.