Writing East Midlands
Writing East Midlands is looking for an experienced Artist to respond to the themes and ideas explored throughout the Elder Tree Creative Writing Project.
The Artist will be required to respond creatively to the Elder Tree project as a whole. The Elder Tree project is a region wide, creative writing residency programme designed to empower groups of older people across the East Midlands to create new work stimulated by museums, archives, heritage spaces, and professional writers. Residencies will take place in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. Each group will be led in part by the participants, and will have individual, differing creative outputs reflecting the themes which will have been explored during the residency.
It is hoped that an artefact, object or creative piece or number of pieces reflecting the project’s ethos and celebrating the project will be produced, which will be accessible and able to be openly interpreted, understood and shared with the participants and partners of the Elder Tree project. Such output will act as a lasting legacy to the project as a whole, will be celebratory and may be exhibited/showcased in the residency settings, libraries and local art galleries/theatre/museum settings which are associated with the project. We are open to the medium/artform which is used to create and exhibit the commission at this stage.
It is envisioned that the final output will be shared at the final celebration event of Elder Tree, which at this stage is due to commence in September / October 2020. If you have links to other exhibit areas, please do stipulate on the application.
The successful applicant will also be able to demonstrate how they will gain an understanding of the participant groups and contexts, and how they contribute to the commission. For example, this might mean site visits, taking part in workshops, using the new work and stories generated by the participants as stimuli, or even using learning from the evaluative interviews and process.
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The successful candidate will ideally have:
- Proven artistic ability and artistic quality as evidenced by a history of commissions and/ or exhibitions, or history of performance and/or public outputs
- Sensitivity and understanding of community arts programmes
- The ability to talk about their work and experiences to groups of varying sizes and backgrounds
- A flexible and welcoming creative approach. With the ability to adapt their style and approach to suit various participants and project partner’s needs.
- Experience of working with older people creatively and knowledge of the needs and best open-creative approaches for this demographic of participants.
- An inclusive approach, with sensitivity to the special demands of working with diversity and across generations and cultures.
- Experience of working with or in museums or heritage settings or using artifacts as springboards for creativity.
- Experience of working with and responding to community groups as a springboard for creativity and the ability to interpret and respond to the themes and ideas explored through a particular project.
- The capacity to act as an advocate for the values and benefits of the project, and to the connection between arts, literature, community cohesion and health and wellbeing.
- A sensitive, diplomatic and approachable nature and a willingness to nurture creativity regardless of ability.
- In keeping with the ethos of the Elder Tree project, we particularly welcome applications from artists who are 55+, please stipulate on your application if this is the case.
Start: March 2019
End: Oct 2020
A fee of up to £5000 is available for this Artist Commission. Please note that the Elder Tree project is a region wide project and some travel will be required. The fee is inclusive of travel to each residency venue to observe and partake in the writing workshops, and subsequent sharings and talks of the output at the end of the Elder Tree project in September/ October 2020. The fee is inclusive of all materials required for the finalised creative output.
All fees are inclusive of VAT
When applying for this opportunity please provide:
- A one page proposal on how you would creatively respond to the ethos and themes explored throughout the Elder Tree project. This would give an indication on what the creative output could potentially be and also your creative approach.
- A letter covering your reasons for applying, and an indication of your general artistic approach and recent experience of working with communities on and delivering similar projects. This would include details of how your abilities, skills and experience are suited to deliver this project – images and/or links to websites welcomed. A CV or biography can be supplied as supplementary information.
- A breakdown of fees to complete the project including approximate hours and hourly rate for both visiting the community sessions and uniting the final piece; mileage allowance; materials and “toolkit” costs – please highlight any other costs you feel relevant, but the overall costs must not exceed the maximum budget available.
- The contact details of two referees.
Please apply to firstname.lastname@example.org by 24 February 2019
The Elder Tree
About Writing East Midlands
Writing East Midlands is the writer development agency for the region and supports, promotes and champions writing from the East Midlands to create opportunities for practicing writers and to discover new writers of quality.
To do this we:
* Find and develop new talent;
* Raise awareness of writers and writing in the East Midlands;
* Support publishing in the region;
* Encourage writing from all cultural backgrounds;
* Expand the writer economy in the region and
* Develop partnerships and broker new relationships.
* Promote East Midlands’ writers locally, nationally and internationally.
We value openness, equal access to the means of creativity, freedom of expression and the removal of barriers to creative thought and writing. These values underpin the agency’s development work with writers, literature events, projects, and relationships with partners.
About Write Here Residencies
Our Write Here residencies team up writers with venues and organisations to nurture and develop creative talent.
Write Here is Writing East Midlands’ Writer in Residence Programme. Since 2009 we have run over 40 residencies and placed writers in all the major cities and towns in the East Midlands. We’ve worked with primary and secondary schools, as well as with a range of organisations and institutions including a three year project working with the Roma community in Leicester experiencing high levels exclusion and low levels of access to artistic activity and also delivered writing residencies in Nottingham Contemporary, HMP Sudbury and New Walk Museum Leicester. In schools our writing projects help children and young people to discover their creative skills. The value of Write Here residencies can’t be overstated, both for the local communities and audiences and for the writers in place.
About Elder Tree
Writing East Midlands three-year project, the Elder Tree aims will empower groups of older people across the East Midlands to create new work stimulated by museums, archives, heritage spaces, and professional writers. Activity will include story-telling, reminiscence writing, poetry, group reading and role-play, and embody an ethos of celebration and fun. As part of Writing East Midlands wider interest in evidencing how literature can make social change, The Elder Tree, will evaluate ‘how participating in creative writing activity affect feelings of social isolation and wellbeing in older people’ and inform our, and our partner’s, future work.
The project aims to address issues of social isolation and wellbeing in older people, encouraging them to join in group activities focused around arts and culture. It will encourage participants across the region to take inspiration from museums, archives, heritage spaces and professional writers, and create new work in response to them. Elder Tree will consist of a total of 12 Writing Residencies throughout the region and will aim to embody an ethos of celebration, encouraging older people to join in group activities such as story-telling and reading.
The region-wide project will also celebrate the wealth of experience, knowledge and talent older people bring to communities, especially in the former coalfield areas of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, rural parts of Lincolnshire, former steelwork centre Corby, and inner-city areas in Leicester.
Elder Tree will use creative writing to provide opportunities for social interaction among older participants, while empowering them to choose artistic activity that enriches their lives. It will introduce new audiences to heritage and cultural venues, develop networks and relationships between venues and audiences, and will celebrate literature, particularly from Older People from the region.
Led by Writing East Midlands, the project will be delivered by a consortium which includes Creative People and Places, First Art and Made in Corby, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, and Museums and Development East Midlands, working with non-arts focussed organisations Age UK, Extra Care Charitable Trust, Orders of St John Care Trust and University of the Third Age.
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