Job Opportunity: Homotopia Festival

Homotopia Festival Project Manager
£22k pro rata
July – November       30 hours (starting late July/early August)
30 hours across 4 days per week

Homotopia is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England. This is an exciting opportunity to join a unique cultural organisation with an international profile.

Homotopia champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives.

Homotopia produces year round engagement programmes and produces an internationally renowned arts festival every November. The organisation also has a groundbreaking social justice and heritage programme throughout the year & commissions a range of activities across the arts and museums – from theatre to digital art, to dance, live art & music to literature.


 Job description  

The role will provide organisational, curatorial and administrative support to the Artistic Director and coordinate the preparation and delivery of Homotopia Festival in Liverpool November 2017.

You will be part of a highly skilled team and will be based between the Homotopia office and occasionally work on site at various performance venues. You will be expected to work with a team of other freelancers including marketing, PR, videographer and finance officer both at the office and off site.

You will be computer literate, highly organised with excellent attention to detail.

The ability to prioritise and juggle multiple priorities & exercise effective judgement when managing tasks.

You will have first-rate interpersonal and communication skills – both speaking and in writing – and the ability to communicate in a confident and engaging manner at all levels. You will be an enthusiastic & proactive individual.

It is highly desirable that you will have strong marketing skills, an interest in popular culture, cultural diversity and the arts.

The role will be a fully interconnected structure that relies on collaboration, flexibility and the ability to operate within both formal and informal reporting relationships.

Dynamic, self-starter and strong initiative.

For more information please click here.

Teen Twitter Takeover Day

From Kids in Museums:

Log on to Twitter on Friday 11 August and you’ll find it full of young people’s voices as cultural and heritage sites across the UK have their social media accounts taken over for Teen Twitter Takeover. Will your organisation be joining in?

You can use our Twitter factsheet and Tweetsheet to help you plan and gain tips on how to take part as well as our So Where Do We Find Young People? factsheet to help you find a group to work with. 

Teen Twitter Takeover is a perfect way to get young people involved with your venue and can be used a springboard into a wider project for Takeover Day, taking place on 17 November 2017.

It’s great fun, a brilliant profile-raising activity and will help organisations understand their young visitors better enabling staff from different departments to work together.

See what happened in 2016 by reading the Storify here and in 2015 by clicking here.

Already have plans to take part? Register here!

Want to know more? Visit our website.

Art Fund research on the impact of collecting – share your experience

Do you manage a museum collection? To mark 40 years of partnership, The Wolfson Foundation and Art Fund are commissioning new research into the current state of collecting in UK museums. The findings will be published later this year in a report called Why Collect Now? A report on the impact of museum collecting in Britain, authored by Sir David Cannadine. The report aims to bring new thinking to the subject of museum collecting, and may help museums articulate how and why they build their collections.

The Art Fund is inviting colleagues from museums from around the country to share your valuable knowledge and experience of managing collections by taking part in a survey, developed by BOP Consulting, to feed into the report. It should take about 15-20 minutes to complete and can be accessed via

Thank you in advance for completing the survey by 25 July 2017.

Please note any information provided will be used in aggregate form only, or anonymised. The survey includes a question on the proportion of your organisation’s annual budget allocated to acquisitions, as well as your organisation’s collecting habits over the past 10 years. Where it’s not possible to provide precise numbers, please give your best estimate.  Please do pass this on to a colleague with responsibility for the collection if you don’t think you’ll be able to provide this information.

For more information contact Penny Bull, Senior Programmes Manager at Art Fund, via, 020 7225 4840.

Job Opportunity: Manchester Museum

Secondary and Post 16 Science Coordinator
Closing date – 17/07/2017 d/m/y
Salary – £25,062 to £29,847 per annum
Fixed term until 10th July 2020

Manchester Museum, one of the UK’s leading regional museums has an exciting career opportunity and invites applications for the role of Secondary and Post 16 Science Coordinator.

As part of the Learning and Engagement team, you will be responsible for the development and coordination of science programmes and resources for secondary schools and colleges, as part of the Real Life Science programme, ensuring that these programmes are evaluated to a high standard and reflect the University-wide Widening Participation agenda.

You will work closely with staff from the University’s Science Faculties, Widening Participation staff, curatorial staff, teachers and regional museum colleagues to develop, coordinate, and deliver the Real Life Science programme, as well as sustaining and developing these partnerships.

With teaching, further qualification or experience developing and delivering science-based training (ideally in a museum or gallery environment) you will have a thorough knowledge of the science curriculum and developments in Secondary and Post-16 learning.

You will have excellent oral and written communication skills, together with creativity in generating new partnerships, projects and programmes.

Interviews are expected to take place on 26 and 27 July 2017.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from men and the black and minority ethnic (BME) community, who are both currently under-represented at this level. All appointments will be made on merit.

Please note: this post is subject to appropriate DBS clearance

For further details or to apply via The University of Manchester website.

Job Opportunity: Museum of Science and Industry

Explainer Team Leader
Job reference – SMG00332
Application closing date – Sunday 23rd July
Salary – £23,695 per annum

Job description

Are you passionate about leading a team to deliver life enhancing learning experiences? At Science Museum Group, we are passionate about the interactive spaces our museums offer and aim to ‘think big’ when creating new, informal, learning activities which enhance our visitors learning experience and grow their science-capital.

To support this continued commitment of inspiring futures, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester are looking for a passionate Explainer Team Leader to join the Learning and Public programmes department on a permanent basis.

In this role, you will be responsible for the daily running of our Explainer team, leading and motivating them to deliver inspirational, informal, learning experiences through shows, storytelling, live-action demonstrations and events, igniting our visitor’s curiosity with the science that shapes our modern world.

You will bring experience of managing and developing large, diverse, teams to ensure effective operational delivery of our public programme offering. You will harness your strong communication and time management skills to work on several projects, using your understanding of diverse audiences and learning needs of adults and young people to make sure we continue sharing authentic stories.

You will be offered excellent benefits, including 24 days holiday plus bank holidays, a contributory company pension scheme, an annual season ticket loan and numerous staff discounts whilst developing your career in a world class museum group.

To start your journey, please view the Vacancy Information Pack which provides you with details of the role and explains how to complete your supporting statement.

For more information click here.


Job Opportunity: Cheshire West and Chester Council

Fundraising Officer – Cultural Services
Salary: Grade 8 £25,694-£29,854 per annum
Job Type: Permanent
Hours Per Week: 37
Deadline: 17th July

Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) brings a fresh and energetic approach to providing top quality services for its many customers and communities. West Cheshire is a place where everyone can Thrive – through core values of Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Innovation, Value for Money and Empowerment.

The cultural services bring together museums, heritage, arts, events, archaeology, archives and local studies with the following shared vision:

“West Cheshire will be a place where culture transforms people’s lives. We will therefore create a Cultural Services that engage, inspire and enable people to express themselves and connect with others.”

CWAC are seeking a creative and ambitious fundraiser with a proven track record of generating income in the cultural sector. The successful candidate will lead the creation of a fundraising strategy, manage and develop existing funding relationships and help secure new sources of funding from a range of supporters. Identifying potential trusts and foundations and making funding applications in line with the priorities of the service to meet service targets will be an essential part of the role. The post will work with staff across the service and will need to be proactive and resourceful. Developing excellent relationships with external stakeholders will be critical and the postholder will need to be an outstanding communicator and networker.

For further details see 00006O&lang=en_GB

For any enquiries please email or call 01244 972503. Alternatively please see FAQs for candidates

Please quote job reference number WK 00006O in all correspondence.


Catalyst Small Grants Programme opens for applications 13th July

Arts Council England’s Catalyst Small Grants programme supports organisations to build fundraising capacity to enable them to attract more private giving to arts and culture. It does this by supporting organisations to invest in systems training and developments for staff, volunteers and boards or to cover the costs of external expertise to support their fundraising. The programme offers one off investment of between £10,000 and £30,000.

It is open to small to medium arts and cultural organisations, including Accredited museums, which have an annual turnover of between £100,000 and £750,000.

Deadline for applications is 10th August 2017. For further information see






Freelance Opportunity: Curious Minds

Researcher for LCEP Evaluation

From Curious Minds:

We’re looking for an experienced researcher with knowledge of participative evaluation practice, to support the evaluation of the Liverpool Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP). 

We need your help to capture and tell the story of the LCEP so far by:

  • Undertaking broad ranging stakeholder consultation and data analysis to create an evaluation framework and evidence base of qualitative and quantitative outcomes across all LCEP activity
  • Working with LCEP partners to review current approaches to measuring the positive impact on learning when children and young people have participated in arts and cultural activities
  • Producing a final report and recommendations that can be used to communicate and celebrate the achievements of the LCEP to funders and other stakeholders, and to inform future planning and impact assessment

The value of the contract is up to £5000 and the deadline for applications is Monday 17 July.

For the full brief and details of how to apply, please visit our vacancies page.

Job Opportunity: Venture Arts

Project Coordinator
Part-time, permanent (subject to 3-month probation period)
Salary £19,500 (pro rata)

We are entering an exciting period in our development and we have a fantastic opportunity to join our team. We are seeking a highly organised individual with a methodical approach to work, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills. They will have at least 2 years’ experience of project coordination, and a working knowledge of evaluation methodologies. The Project Coordinator will have a strong passion for the arts and will work closely with our Studio Manager to coordinate, administrate and evaluate our in-house studio programmes, outreach programmes, exhibitions and events.

This post is for 3 days a week (18 hours, 9:30am-4:00pm) based at our studio office in Hulme with some travel in the Manchester area.

To apply please visit

Closing date: July 26th 2017, 5pm

Interviews will be held in the week beginning August 8th 2017

For further details contact Emma:

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately we will not consider CVs

AIM Biffa Award Announce New Round Of ‘History Makers’ Funding

AIM Biffa Award have just launched the second round of funding to be released through the ‘History Makers – People who shaped our world’ programme.

Funded by Biffa Award with support from the Landfill Communities Fund, the programme will provide AIM member museums and heritage sites with grants of up to £75,000.

This round of funding will support the creation of new exhibitions which will enable the public to learn about and be inspired by the lives and achievements of extraordinary, historical figures who have made a significant impact on the industrial, scientific, commercial or social history of the UK, shaping the world we live in today. Successful applicants will contribute to a ‘virtual trail’ linking the projects and making them accessible to people across the UK.

The programme is open to AIM members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, whose sites are in geographic proximity to Biffa operations and licensed landfill sites, as required by the Landfill Communities Fund. An expression of interest form of no more than 200 words must be submitted as soon as possible and no later than 2 October 2017 for panel review. The final deadline for full applications is 31 October. 2017.

Successful applicants will be required to complete their projects by April 2019 and to create a strong marketing plan to promote their projects and funding locally and nationally. Full information on how to apply is available at: AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme

Kat Tudor, Community Learning & Volunteer Officer at the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust, who were successful in Round 1 said:

“We applied for the AIM Biffa Award History Makers Grant because we had two prominent engineers that were under represented in our Visitor Centre here at the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Through the AIM Biffa Award History Makers grant, we will now be able to give our visitors a better understanding of the history of the bridge, the engineers behind it and present new objects from our collection. The additional information will not only be displayed on interpretation boards, but will support a new interactive which will be a great tool for education workshops. We would encourage anybody who has a history maker that they feel is under represented to apply for the grant, as it is a great opportunity to tell their story!”

 Key Dates For Applicants
2 Oct 2017 Expression of Interest (EOI) deadline – but the sooner the better
31 Oct 2017 Application Deadline
Jan 2018 Application results and conditional offers made
Mar 2018 Terms of conditional offer met
April 2018 Formal offer and project start
April 2019 Project completion

The assessment panel is chaired by Bill Ferris OBE DL, Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and includes members of AIM Council and independent experts from the museum community, including Diane Lees CBE, Director General of Imperial War Museums.

For further information please see the AIM website at AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme