Call for applications: Lead Artist opportunity, Nottingham
Category: Commission Opportunities

Community Arts Project - Targeted mental health with young people and families

City Arts Nottingham in partnership with Arts Partnership Nottinghamshire (APN) and Gedling Borough Council is seeking to employ an artist/sculptor to plan and deliver a series of participatory art workshops in the Gedling Borough area.

  • The project is designed to enhance the overall emotional health and well-being of young people and their families
  • The young people who will be engaged in the workshops are those aged between 13 and 17 with their parents and carers
  • Timescale of project: April - July 2011.

 Artist Brief

 Working with City Arts Nottingham and identified young people:

  • To deliver community based arts activities and support the creation of a piece of public art in consultation with the young people, their parents and carers
  • To undertake a unique and inspiring arts activity that may influence future projects and new ways of thinking about or experiencing positive ‘emotional health and well-being’
  • To help produce artwork that will be enjoyed by the young people, their families and community as a whole

The workshops will be held at Arnot Hill Park Pavilion (the art work will be displayed at the Park).

Please see website for further details about the area

Dates and timescale:

Practical sessions will be delivered between April – July 2011. Sessions will be held between 5 – 7 pm. Due to other long standing venue bookings a timetable will be arranged around current bookings. This is still yet to be confirmed.

Artist specification

  • Artists must have experience/qualified in a suitable art forms. We are particularly interested in 3D work
  • Artists with an understanding of art therapy or arts and health projects are encouraged to apply, but experience in these areas is not essential
  • Experience of working with young people and in particular with groups of vulnerable young people and families who may be socially excluded, disaffected or have varied and developing emotional issues
  • Experience of making public art and inspiring interest in the arts
  • Responsible for installing work
  • Local knowledge would be beneficial
  • Knowledge on delivery of Arts Awards would be useful
  • All applicants require their own public liability insurance and will require an enhanced CRB check

Fees and Budget

The overall budget is £1,500. The budget includes all the cost of implementation and delivery including: artist’s fee (planning time and 8 workshops), travel, materials and installation of work etc. Please note that the fee will be inclusive of VAT.

How to apply

Please send a letter of interest including relevant experience, detailed proposal on your approach to the project including detailed budget (no more than 2 pages), up to 6 images of current work and CV with contact details and two referees (no more than 4 pages)

Please ensure that this is written in a way that is accessible to young people as they will be involved in the selection process and will need to understand the aims of the project.

Applications can be sent by email to  (Please consider zip files if sending large images to avoid mail box overload), or submitted by post to Alma Cunliffe, City Arts Nottingham, Ortzen Street, Nottingham, NG7 4BN

Please be aware that short listing will be organised by City Arts staff, and interviews will be done by the young people. The interview date will be confirmed following the selection of proposals and will consist of a panel as mentioned above.

If you require more detailed information about the programme this will be available on request.

Application deadline: 10am Monday 21st March.

Background to organisations involved:

City Arts Nottingham is a creative enterprise and charity based in Nottingham and founded in 1977.  Working with people from local communities, particularly those who experience social or physical disadvantage.  Creative arts build confidence, boost well-being, skills and enjoyment. The activities bring people together, stimulate change and create stronger and healthier communities.

The arts programmes support participants to develop creatively, and also build confidence, self esteem and friendships. City Arts Nottingham is a voluntary sector organisation, and is funded by a variety of trusts and foundations, as well as the Arts Council and Nottingham City Council.

Nottinghamshire Arts Partnership is partnership collaboration between all of the local government authorities in Nottinghamshire. The partnership commissions and develops programmes with and for young people across the county, across a number of strategic themes including crime and anti-social behaviour, education, skills and progression and health & well-being.