SCARBOROUGH STUDIOS/OLD PARCELS OFFICE ARTSPACE
FREELANCE PROJECT MANAGER – HIGH STREET CREATIVE HUB(S)
Initial contract 20 days over 10 weeks. Fee £3,000
Must be available to start immediately
Scarborough Studios/Old Parcels Office Artspace (OPO) has received Shared Prosperity Funding to manage a project that will attempt to bring empty shops into short term use as creative spaces.
Making short/medium term use of empty shop units in other coastal towns have acted as major driver for high street regeneration. Art and culture is now widely accepted as ‘a vital ingredient for successful high streets.’ Successful high streets ‘offer a combination of experiences and amenities, including culture, to attract locals and those travelling from further afield.’ (Arts Council England 2022).
This project would see the establishment of artists studios, gallery and performance spaces in empty premises on the high street. It will enable artists and creatives to showcase their artistic practice and bring a creative buzz to some of the more neglected areas of the town centre
AIMS OF THE PROJECT
Act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the town centre
Refresh and animate the window displays to reinvigorate the street scene
Increase dwell time in the area
Increase access to cultural activities for visitors and locals
Build on the connection between artists and venues such as the OPO and the Market Hall
Support emerging artists by offering low cost entry studio space
Offer local artists a commission free space to exhibit their work
Offer space for artists and creatives space to experiment with new ideas
Retain and attract more artists and creatives to the town
PROJECT MANAGER KEY ACTIVITIES AND PERSON SPECIFICATION
Chair Scarborough Studios CIO/Old Parcels Office
· Work with partners to ensure effective communication with the local businesses and the arts community about the project.
· Prepare simple business cases for each property that demonstrate how the required revenue income will be achieved over the life of the project.
· Develop a marketing plan to recruit artists for studios, gallery hire and use of performance spaces.
· Provide ongoing management of the project, ensuring performance targets including occupancy levels are achieved.
· Prepare future future funding applications.
· Other duties as required.
Good organisational skills and ability to manage projects
Broad knowledge of the visual arts
‘Can do’ attitude and able to work on own initiative
Creative approach to problem solving
Ability to schedule work and meet deadlines
Able to build partnerships and work with others
Good report writing and presentation skills
Strong interpersonal skills
Strong local connection to Scarborough
Experience in arts funding and administration
Property management knowledge/experience
Experience in writing arts funding applications
Whilst it is expected that much of the work can be done from home, local knowledge and contacts will will be key to the success of the project.
How to apply
For an informal discussion contact Sally Gorham [email protected]
To apply send an expression of interest and CV to be sent to [email protected]
Closing date 25th Jan.
Interviews will be held on Mon 30th Jan