Voluntary Arts EnglandArea: South West
Deadline: 5pm, Friday 22 November 2019

Across the UK and the Republic of Ireland there are approximately 63,000 voluntary arts groups, regularly involving more than 10 million people participating voluntarily in creative cultural activities: this activity is, and will continue to be, a critical part of both the bedrock and the grass roots of the cultural life of our communities and nations.

Voluntary Arts was created in 1991, in response to a need identified by government and the voluntary arts sector, to provide a universal voice for the voluntary arts across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Today Voluntary Arts has 18 staff and more than 60 volunteers working across five nations. We provide information and advice services, undertake lobbying and advocacy work and deliver, and support the delivery of projects to develop participation in creative cultural activities. Voluntary Arts receives funding from all four UK arts councils. We have offices in Cardiff and Edinburgh, with flexible working across England.

Our support is particularly focused on those creative citizens who – beyond their own participation and beyond any remuneration – give their time to make such activity more available within their communities (of locality and interest) and to improve the quality and range of those opportunities and activities.

Voluntary Arts, having successfully secured additional Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation funding to support more public facing work to promote everyday creativity, is now in the position to recruit a new Development Officer post based in the South West.

Voluntary Arts has combined its annual Voluntary Arts Festival with Get Creative Weekend to create the Get Creative Festival, a large-scale national celebration of everyday creativity each year – a ‘Britain in Bloom’ for creativity. We aim to deliver a sustainable network of local support for everyday creativity across England, to build this new festival year on year to involve over 3,000 events by 2022, through capacity building support, roadshow events, micro grants, media coverage and themed campaigns.

The Voluntary Arts England Development Officer (South West) will be working to improve the sustainability and resilience of creative cultural activity and to promote the importance of local cultural infrastructure in supporting participation in creative cultural activities.

Salary: £10,102 (based on £25,256 per annum pro rata)
Location: Based within a partner organisation in the Bristol area.
Hours: 15 hours per week. Hours can be flexible to take account of personal circumstances. There might be occasional evening and weekend work for which time off in lieu will be given.
Period: This is a fixed-term post to 31 December 2020 with the possibility of extension.

To apply for this role, please download the application pack and return by email to [email protected] by 5pm, Friday 22 November 2019.