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Freelance Opportunity: Eden Rivers Trust & Tullie House

Brief for expressions of interest:

Phase 1 Exhibition Concept Design, branding & visual identity


Eden Rivers Trust and Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery are working in partnership to create a major new exhibition exploring the life and story of the River Eden which is part of the Cherish Eden project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The exhibition will be displayed at Tullie House from 16 June 2018 until 30 September 2018. The exhibition will be targeted at a family audience, particularly families with children aged 7 – 11 years old (Key Stage 2).

The exhibition will explore the idea that “the River Eden is an amazing place, making it a great place to explore”. This idea will be explored through 4 main themes:

  1. There are awe inspiring places to visit on the Eden
  2. The River Eden is bursting with life and home to amazing creatures
  3. We need to keep the river amazing
  4. You can take inspiration and get creative with the river

Tullie House’s natural history collection will provide an exploration of the creatures that can be seen in the river catchment, highlighting the animal’s unique features, special abilities and amazing adaptations (Theme 2.1). The total exhibition budget for design and build is approximately £40,000.

We would like to invite Design companies to tender to provide an Exhibition Concept Design for the project. This is the first design phase in the production of the exhibition. We are looking to commission an external designer with experience of working with organisations to produce high quality visitor experiences. The designer will work with Eden Rivers Trust and Tullie House to realise and establish the exhibition’s brand identity and to develop visual content.

Scope and Specification:

We require an external designer to create a Concept Design which will form the visual identity for the exhibition which will connect with and inspire our visitors. The design should shape the visitor experience within the exhibition.

Phase 1 Concept Design must include the following elements:

  • A design concept to run throughout exhibition. This will create the visual identity of the exhibition, the look and feel and visitor experience. Ideally the partnership would like to explore a range of concept options as part of the design process.
  • Design elements which will realise the exhibition concept such as colour themes, fonts and typography and other graphic elements.
  • A range of ideas for other exhibition content e.g. staging ideas, use of commissioned art work, sound, lighting and projection.
  • Creation and supply of a logo for exhibition.
  • Creation of a minimum of 3 family-friendly characters, based upon creatures to act as family guides throughout the exhibition.
  • Cost estimates for the design and build.

The above elements of the exhibition will require design, and artwork provided to the project team by the designer. The copyright for the artwork will sit with the project partners for use in promotional and commercial activity before, during and after the exhibition.

Phase 2 of the exhibition design (this is not part of this tender but provided for context)

Using the visual identity/style created above a detailed exhibition design will be created (phase 2). This will be fulfilled by a range of external contractors (which may or may not involve the phase 1 designer) and Tullie House in-house team.

We anticipate that the following elements will be produced:

  • Exhibition graphics: approx. 40 interpretation panels (text); approx. 20 graphic; panels. Approx. 100 labels
  • Exhibition staging: Lighting and projection; Sound. Structures: Display cabinets for exhibits; Temporary structures to add to the visitor experience
  • Exhibition layout
  • Detailed costings
  • Promotional material to include, but not limited to: 2-3 leaflets; Posters (with resizing); banners (print and digital and resizing); advertising (print and digital and resizing); signage; activity sheets

Budget for Phase 1 Concept Design:

Phase 1 Exhibition Design Concept Creation – £2000.00 plus vat

Key Contacts at Eden Rivers Trust:

Jane Davies, Heritage and Outreach Coordinator , jane@edenrt.org; 01768866788

Process for applying:

Submit expressions of interest to:

Jane Davies, Jane@edenrt.org, Eden Rivers Trust, Dunmail Building, Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0AH. Deadline for expressions of interest: Monday 5th of June 2017 by 12.00 noon.

As part of your expression of interest please describe your relevant experience referencing projects of a similar nature. Please include images and or references to websites where examples can be seen.

Please describe your methodology, including key stages and timescales, and a breakdown of how the specification can be achieved within this budget. If additional costs are anticipated to meet the specification please outline these.

The successful applicant will be expected to begin work on the project in June 2017 for completion by the 18th August 2017 or earlier.

If you have any enquiries regarding the project please contact Jane Davies, by email to jane@edenrt.org. An interpretation plan for the project is available on request.

Freelance Opportunities: The Atkinson

Freelance Research
Sacrifice: the impact and aftermath of conflict on lives and minds
June – October 2017

Freelance Project Co-ordinator
Sacrifice: the impact and aftermath of conflict on lives and minds
June 2017 – November 2018

From The Atkinson:

During the First World War the term shell shock was used to describe either a psychological or physical condition. This type of injury was not well understood and men who were suffering were sometimes dismissed as being cowards or weak. As the war progressed the number of cases increased, with a shell shock crisis from 1916 onwards. The increase in cases led to official recognition of this condition and treatment: the War Office decided that direct referral to specialist treatment centres staffed by trained professionals would best aid the return of men to the battlefield.

Our project is about the heritage of Moss Side Military Hospital in Maghull: the memories, the visual and written records of its role as a training as well as a treatment centre. The hospital became a focus for experiment in the developing field of psychological medicine as clinicians from diverse backgrounds and disciplines gathered at this specialist unit. Patients were first admitted to the 300 available beds in December 1914; the number of beds was expanded to 500 in 1917. Between 1914 and 1919 the hospital treated a total of 3,638 patients. The clinical staff were described as “the brilliant band of workers who at that time made Maghull the centre for the study of abnormal psychology.”

We seek a researcher and freelance project co-ordinator who will work with us to develop research, understanding and engagement with the heritage of Moss Side Military Hospital in Maghull, Sefton, which developed as a centre of excellence and innovation in the treatment of shellshock during the First World War. This hospital no longer exists, the buildings are being knocked down, and this important social and medical heritage is in danger of vanishing.

Research Project Brief

Project Co-ordinator Brief


Freelance Opportunity: Lakeland Arts

Support for museum object-inspired soft play creations for toddler group activity

Brief 2017

Lakeland Arts is one of the leading Arts organisations in the North West, managing Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Museums of Lakeland Life & Industry in Kendal, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House in Bowness and is developing the Windermere Jetty- Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories.

Lakeland Arts (LA) is seeking to contract an experienced craftsperson to make textile ‘soft-play’ objects inspired by the objects at the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry (MOLLI). The objects will accompany a programme of activities we run for toddlers and their parents / guardians.

The Programme

Known as Crawl at the Hall, this well-established programme for children and parents was suspended following the damage to Abbot Hall caused by the December 2015 floods. We are planning to re-launch this popular programme with soft play-inspired interactives created for MOLLI, inspired by the collection.

The Crawl sessions are multi-sensory and encourage expression, exploration, language and movement for under 5s and their parent(s). The successful craftsperson will need to consider the needs of this audience group when creating the soft play objects. Please note that participant children are supervised at all times by their parent / guardian and the activity leader.

Brief specification

Lakeland Arts wants to commission the creation of 8-10 ‘soft play’ items that relate to the museum collection. We are looking for large scale, high quality, 3-dimensional objects in different shapes that are colourful and tactile, made robust textiles with zip covers (so that we can wash).

Objects should be stuffed with foam and or toy stuffing and made from materials that are varied in colour, texture and pattern, whilst ensuring that no parts can be easily unravel or removed (no choke hazards given young age range of participants). The materials must be non-hazardous and comply with relevant health and safety standards including fire resistance.

For example, we have a typewriter that belonged to Cumbrian author, Arthur Ransome.

The successful contractor will to create a large scale, soft toy version of a typewriter. See example for inspiration through this link.

Though this on-line example is overly elaborate, we are looking for soft play objects that are fun and colourful and interpreted in a way that turns the object ‘on its head’. In terms of scale we want objects to be roughly the size of large throw cushions or beach balls.


Research, design and selection of fabrics to be developed by end of February 2017 (to be submitted and discussed with client for approval and so that we can test ideas with parents of under 5s).

Soft Play objects made and delivered to client by end of Easter 2017.

£1000 inclusive of VAT and expenses.

Tendering process

Please submit a proposal of no more than 4 sides outlining how you will deliver the commission together with a timetable, breakdown of costs, two referees and 2-3 photographs with examples of similar work from your portfolio (or a link to websites where this can be viewed).

For the full brief please click here.

Please submit your proposal by noon on Monday 13 February 2017 to: Jennie Pitceathly, Head of Learning jpitceathly@lakelandarts.org.uk

Freelance Oppotunity: Ancoats Dispensary Trust, Manchester

Short-term fundraiser

Ancoats Dispensary Trust (ADT) have a requirement for a professional fundraiser and bid writer for 24 days between week beginning 6th February and the end of May 2017. An interim review will take place in March 2017.

The Dispensary is a unique community led redevelopment project in the heart of Manchester. The project is currently in round one of an HLF grant funding programme. For further information on the project please visit: http://www.manchester-dispensary.co.uk

You can find out more about ADT, the Trust who look after The Dispensary, here: http:// http://www.ancoatsdispensarytrust.co.uk

A list of fundraising targets and a basic fundraising schedule have already been composed, with both national and local grants. The Trust has also successfully completed the first stage of the Power to Change Community Business Fund.

Working alongside an additional part-time fundraiser, the key responsibilities of the post will be:

• Bid writing as directed by the Chair of the Board and based on current target list of priority potential funders. This includes completing the process from start to finish and acting as liaison with funders on any questions regarding the applications

• To devise the longer-term fundraising plan including identifying any additional targets and opportunities and prioritising key grants

• To use and develop our social media presence and project website (alongside the Comms team) to promote key project developments associated with fundraising

• Supporting the Board in engaging with and identifying any high net worth supporters

• Work with the key development team and Ancoats Dispensary Ltd Board as necessary

• To report to the Chair of the Board with a weekly fundraising report and formally to the Board on a monthly basis

• To liaise and input into other work on an ad hoc basis as needed and directed by the Chair of the Board (which may include fundraising events and meetings)

Management Structure:

The fundraiser will work alongside an additional part time fundraiser. The fundraiser will report to the Chair of the Board of Directors.

The fundraiser will be expected to attend key project meetings, work with our partners and attend ADT and ADL Board meetings as necessary.


No. of days: 24 (subject to adequate progress and reporting)

Total fee: £7,200.00. (£300 per full day including VAT and all expense)

This role is a freelance position.

Key Dates:

Application deadline: Sunday 5th February 2017 at 5pm
Appointment: week commencing 6th Feb with immediate start
Briefing: TBC as soon as possible after appointment (subject to team availability)
First report to Chair: 17th Feb
First report to Board: 13th March
Review: End of March (date tbc)

To apply:

Please send a CV to info@manchester-dispensary.co.uk with “Fundraiser application [your name]” in the RE window.

Please outline key relevant experience and previous success in securing grant funding, a short statement of interest and a brief overview of your intended working pattern.

ADT will consider applications from fundraisers anywhere in the UK, but a good working knowledge of relevant sectors and the North West an advantage.

Freelance Opportunity: Lakeland Arts

Support for the learning and engagement programme Creative practitioner brief 2017

Lakeland Arts is one of the leading Arts organisations in the North West, managing Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Museums of Lakeland Life & Industry in Kendal, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House and is developing the Windermere Jetty- Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories.

Lakeland Arts (LA) is seeking to contract creative practitioners to support the delivery of the learning and engagement programme at Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry (MOLLI), Kendal, in 2017 to develop our family audience. We are seeking proposals from experienced creative practitioners to work in our venues to deliver high quality art activities, primarily for children and families, but also with general visitors.

Lakeland Arts is interested in working with a range of creative practitioners from different disciplines including art, craft, theatre, dance, music, storytelling and digital / creative media who take inspiration from art and museum collections as basis for their work. We also welcome submissions from artists from Protected Characteristic groups. As a creative practitioner, this is your opportunity to work with a world class art collection with work by George Romney, John Ruskin, JMW Turner and Bridget Riley and an exhibition programme that includes art by David Hockney, Julian Cooper, Richard Hamilton and Peter Blake and Pauline Boty.

There are four engagement programmes that we are committed to delivering in 2017. These are numbered and outlined below. As a creative practitioner, you can bid for one or multiple programmes. You must be able to commit to all of the dates and times specified for the programme that you are bidding for as these will be advertised to the public in advance.

For more information and the full brief please click here

Administration and Finance Officer
Closing date: 29th January
Job type: Full time
Salary: £20,000

This is an exciting opportunity to play a crucial role in supporting the day to day running, as well as the development, sustainability and growth, of Sulgrave Manor Trust. In this role you will report to the CEO of Sulgrave Manor Trust.

Additional Information: 3-month probationary period, stakeholder pension scheme, 28 days holiday entitlement including bank holidays

Main Purpose of this Job is to assume responsibility for: 

1. Financial administration and inputting 

2. Systems related to policies and procedures 

3. General administration and tasks 

For more information and to apply for the job, please click here.

Erewash Museum: Collections Officer
Closing date: 20th January
Job type: Full time, job shares will be considered

Salary: £18,560 – £21,057 

Erewash Museum Service is looking to appoint an experienced museum professional who is enthusiastic about enabling wider access to the museum and its collections through exhibition and event programmes.

The role will have a strong focus on the development of our education and community service. The position offers an opportunity for contributing to and supporting the Museum Service Manager in developing an inspiring and quality service.

You should have a degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline and you need to be organised, enthusiastic, and flexible, self-motivated and have good team and communication skills.

For more information please click here.

Project Director – Other Stories, LGBT History Project
Closing date: 17th January
Job type: Freelance contact
Salary: £24,000

Derbyshire LGBT+ is the longest established and foremost advocate for the LGBT+ community in and around Derbyshire; representing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and other communities of sexuality and sexual identity.

We have recently begun work to establish a history project and are seeking a talented, motivated and experienced individual to lead and successfully manage the project on a freelance basis.

The successful applicant will have significant project management experience and an excellent understanding of both heritage projects and the LGBT+ community.

They will be expected to devote as much time as is necessary to ensure successful delivery of the project; implementing the project plan and meeting key agreed milestones.

The successful appointee should note that the time requirement for the role is likely to vary significantly to accommodate peaks in activity (e.g. LGBT history month), however overall we estimate this to comprise an average of 2-3 days/week throughout the project period.

The project will be based at Derbyshire LGBT+ premises in Derby and involve frequent evening and weekend work in and around Derby and Derbyshire, the East Midlands and nationwide.

– Project duration – 2 years. Extension of the appointment beyond the project period will be subject to funding.

– Location – the project will be delivered from the Derbyshire LGBT+ office in Derby with activities taking place around Derby and Derbyshire requiring frequent travel around the county and beyond. The successful applicant will be expected to work from the Derbyshire LGBT+ office at least once per week.

– Remuneration – £24,000 per annum fixed fee (excluding reasonable travel and expenses).

– Application deadline – applications must be received by 9am on 17 January 2016

Applicants are requested to submit their CV together with a supporting statement outlining how they meet the criteria for the post (2 sides maximum) to Andy Brown, Chair, at AndyB@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk


Project Support Office – Lincolnshire County Council
Closing date: 15th January
Job type: Full time
Salary: £21,745 – £23,935

The project, entitled ‘Lincolnshire: Bastion in the Air’, has an opening for a Project Support Officer to work on the project management and exhibition programme related to this World War One project.

To work within own area of responsibility to develop and deliver the exhibition programme. To be responsible for the co-ordination of the touring exhibition programme creating and co-ordinating a calendar of activity by working collaboratively with partners. Be responsible for developing new partnerships and venues for the exhibition programme.

This role may support multiple projects and will require a pragmatic mind set, a commitment to delivering quality and an ability to prioritise and problem solve.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Museum Consultant – Stoke Bruerne
Closing date: 13th Jan
Job type: Freelance

An Invitation to Tender dated 22 December 2016 will be issued to Consultants and Organisations who may be interested in providing consultation services to the Canal & River Trust in scoping an informed and costed Interpretation Strategy to be used for future applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund, for the development of Stoke Bruerne Canal Corridor and a Forward Plan, to be used to apply for museum accreditation for the Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum.

The project will run to 31 March 2017.

Full details are available by emailing: sarah.brown@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

Barrow Hill Roundhouse – Volunteers Opportunities
Closing date: On going
Job type: Volunteer

As part of our exciting project funded by Heritage Lottery, we are looking to recruit new volunteers onto our team.

We have a range of roles on offer including:

  •  Learning volunteers
  •  Costumed interpretation
  •  Events volunteers
  •  Site maintenance

Volunteers will also get the chance to be involved with projects at the Chesterfield Canal Trust Hub in Hollingwood.

If you are interested and would like to find out more, please contact Grace Escott Tebbutt.

Email: learning.barrowhill@gmail.com>

Tel: 01246 281635

Or download our leaflet: volunteer leaflet Barrow Hill

Board Member – Health and Safety: Nottingham Industrial Museum
Closing date: 20th Jan
Job type: Board Member – Volunteer

We are looking for a Board member to support/lead and execute our Health & Safety policies.

– To immediately implement the policies we have in place across the museum.

– To refresh them as and when new legislation arises.

– To advise on additional policies, considerations or areas of risk as our museum’s collection, and events schedule, develops.

– To be the first point of contact for any Health & Safety related issues or concerns.

The right candidate should have willingness to commit time for board meetings, implementing the policies in hand themselves and by delegating tasks to other volunteers.

Someone who listens well, is thoughtful in considering issues, and enjoys working with a diverse group of people.

The right candidate needs experience & knowledge of Health & Safety in the workplace (not specifically a museum, though that would be ideal), and have completed a NEBOSH / ISOSH qualification.

We are a newly formed Board, and one of the first museums in the East Midlands to be 100% volunteer-run and established as its own company, so this is a truly an exciting time to join us.

If you’re not sure it’s for you, ring us for a friendly, no commitment chat. Contact: Helen Bowen nim.marketing.comms@gmail.com

Do look at our website at  (please note its currently being upgraded)

If you’d like to apply, please send us a brief overview of your experience and skills, and why you’d like to undertake this opportunity.

Visitor Welcome Assistant – Delapre Abbey
Closing date: 20th Jan
Job type: Seasonal
Salary: £7.20ph

The Visitor Welcome team at Delapre Abbey will be the first people to meet and greet our new visitors as we open our newly restored building to the public for the first time in its 900 year old history.

Your role will be to make sure all our visitors are met with a warm welcome. You’ll mainly be working in our visitor reception or ‘Visitor Welcome’ space where you’ll be sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm for Delapre Abbey and its stories and actively promoting our events and activities.

About you:

– You’ll have excellent customer service skills

– You’ll enjoy speaking to the general public, children and young people

– You’ll have some experience of working in a shop and/ or heritage environment

– You’ll have some experience of handling cash and working with tills/ EPOS systems

– You’ll also be a team player

– You’ll have a passion for history and sharing your enthusiasm with others

Further information about the Abbey and the jobs, please visit our website.

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Freelance Opportunity: Revealing Rochdale

Link4Life (the Rochdale Borough-wide Cultural Trust) in partnership with M6 Theatre are inviting quotations from freelance artists, organisations and/or cultural consultants to deliver research, consultation and engagement with communities, stakeholders and the wider cultural, education and health sector relating to the Borough of Rochdale (Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton and Pennines Townships).

Rochdale Borough has some of the lowest arts engagement in the country and faces a number of challenges around economic conditions, health and wellbeing, cultural diversity and education which affect cultural ambition, engagement and sustainability. However, it also has strong grass roots activities, an Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) M6 Theatre and a commitment by the local authority to voluntary arts grants and an active portfolio holder for Culture, Health and Wellbeing.

Their aim is to deliver a step change in artistic engagement, ambition, and investment which will increase access to cultural opportunities for our communities and capitalise upon culture as an opportunity to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for local people. Delivery of our vision requires that we not only transform our own services, but that we provide wider cultural leadership on behalf of and for Rochdale Borough Council, in partnership with the local, regional and national cultural sector.

Link4Life and M6 Theatre have together secured investment from Arts Council England through the Grants for the Arts lottery programme in order to fund this action research project. Match investment has been allocated from Link4Life from the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) section 48 Strategic Arts Grant and from M6 Theatre reserves.

The fee for this project will be in the region of £15,000, an additional project budget of £8,000 has also been allocated to cover activity. The deadline for quotations is 5pm, 14th November 2016, with work commencing on Monday 28th November 2016.  A suitable completion date will be negotiated with the successful bidder however it is anticipated that the full project and associated activity will be completed no later than May 2017.

For further information. please contact Christine.clancy@link4life.org.uk.


Consultancy Opportunity: Cumbria Museum Directors’ Group

You are invited to submit a proposal for undertaking the following study for the Cumbria Museum Directors Group (CMDG). A written submission is to be made in accordance with the following brief.

1. Background.

The newly constituted CMDG is a body consisting of the Directors of the 22 accredited museums within Cumbria.

The aim of CMDG is to ‘support and promote the Accredited museums within Cumbria’.

The means by which it proposes to achieve these aims is through collaborative working. In particular, it proposes to focus on:

  • Developing audiences
  • Raising the profile of the museums as custodians of the cultural heritage of Cumbria
  • Influencing regional policy
  • Improving effectiveness by sharing resources
  • Acting as a vehicle for joint strategic funded projects.

The members of the group are currently the directors of:

Armitt Museum & Library The Dock Museum, Barrow The Beacon Museum Brantwood
Cumbria Museum of Military Life Helena Thompson Museum Kendal Museum
Keswick Museum
Lakeland Arts Trust
Penrith & Eden Museum
Quaker Tapestry Museum
Ruskin Museum
Senhouse Roman Museum
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Wordsworth Trust
Millom Discovery Centre
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Museum

English Heritage sites: Furness Abbey Museum, Brougham Castle
National Trust sites: Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hill Top, Townend, Wordsworth House

2. Objectives

As a newly established organisation we would like to identify ways in which we can work together focusing on audiences, stakeholders, funding opportunities and collaborative projects, in order to strengthen our collective voice and better plan for future projects. This project will achieve this by analysing existing data, facilitating consultation between museum directors and summarising the results.

Part 1:

Desk based research will include:

  • A review of other consortia projects (HIDDEN, MOC, CMC etc) and lessons learned relevant to Cumbria
  • review of MDNW regional benchmarking data for Cumbrian museums; Viewpoint data; local (and regional) tourism data and produce a SWOT analysis based on this
  • Gathering ideas for collaborative projects from members in the areas of programming; audience development; income generation; service provision; stakeholder engagement; funding provision etc
  • consideration of whether additional future Cumbria-specific information needs to be collected and collated eg AIM toolkit for assessing economic impact

Part 2:

Facilitated discussions will include:

  • presentation of results from above
  • refining potential collaboration ideas – at least 3 focus group meetings in geographically
  • diverse locations – concluding in one idea which the group would consider taking forward from each of the areas considered

Part 3:

Written PDF report including summary of the results of part 1&2 and description of final list of feasible collaborative projects.

3. Timetable

The work should begin as soon as possible after and is to be completed within three months of the start date.

4. Monitoring and Reporting

The lead member for the project is Elizabeth Kwasnik, Director at Beacon Museum. Regular verbal/email updates should be communicated to her to be agreed on award of the commission.

5. Budget & Payments

A total of £3000 is available inclusive of VAT and expenses.
50% available on completion of research; 50% on receiving final report and presentation.

6. The Proposal

Your proposal should include:
a) Your CV including previous studies undertaken
b) A methodology of how propose to meet the requirements of the brief.
c) A programme indicating key dates for undertaking the various tasks

The lead and another member of the group will shortlist candidates and may interview them if necessary. Other members of the group will have a chance to comment on applications. The lead will appoint the successful candidate.

Your proposal should be returned to Sue Mackay (Curator, Keswick Museum, and Secretary CMDG) at sue.mackay@keswickmuseum.org.uk, to arrive no later than 5pm 01.11.16. Interviews will be held if necessary on 11.11.16.

Consultancy Opportunity: Isle of Wight Cultural Strategy

In July 2016 a group of seven heritage / cultural organisations from the Isle of Wight were successful with a collaborative bid to the Arts Council of England Museums’ Resilience Fund.

The bid’s stated objective was to “…identify a new, collaborative, fit-for-purpose, business model capable of challenging – and changing – the IW cultural sector’s current ‘direction of travel’.”

At the core of the bid was an undertaking to commission an independent agency that would bring forward recommendations for collaborative working and new practices that would radically improve the reach, fortunes and resilience of the Island’s heritage and cultural sector.

The partnered organisations are now seeking to appoint an experienced consultant / agency able to re-shape the Island’s heritage and cultural landscape.  The partners are seeking an appointee who will be able to bring forward recommendations for:

  • Re-modelling the sector on a more collaborative, joined-up, basis.
  • Maximising the use of scarce financial, human and environmental resources.
  • Fostering an environment that is conducive to innovation and invention.

For full details of this opportunity, please download the briefing document available from here.

Deadline for submissions: 9am Monday 10 October 2016.

Freelance Opportunity: Lakeland Arts

Lakeland Arts Photography brief 2016-17

Lakeland Arts manages three sites: Abbot Hall Art Gallery (AH) and The Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry (MOLLI) in Kendal, and Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts House (BW) in Bowness. The Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories (WJ) will open in Summer 2017 in Windermere.

Lakeland Arts is seeking to contract a photographer to work with us over the 12 months to capture a range of evocative and informative images of our annual programme. The images will be used in our marketing, publicity and on our website. The aim of this brief is to create a bank of high quality images that reflect the breadth of our programme, events, activities and the range and diversity of the visitors that engage with our venues.

Photo specification

When taken as a collection of images, the photo bank will encapsulate the following:

  • Photos will capture the people, gallery spaces and art work / museum collections
  • Exhibition galleries; a variety of shots in galleries, building shots, landscape, retail and café facilities including people in these spaces.
  • Paintings, museum objects must to be in focus.
  • People’s faces will be visible (no backs of heads).
  • When capturing activity, it will be clear that it is taking place in a gallery / museum / historic house setting.
  • Photos will capture a range of people in terms of age, sex and ethnicity as well as different combinations of people (in groups, families, couples, alone, inter-generational etc.)
  • People will be photographed actively engaging with art / museum collections in avariety of ways (not simply grinning and pointing at paintings).
  • Photos will capture the unique atmosphere, quality and character of the different sites while retaining an overarching ‘style, look and feel’ that is true to the Lakeland Arts brand.


    We envisage that the photographer will attend about 20 events / activities lasting between 1.5 and 2.5 hours throughout the year across all sites as follows:

  • 4 exhibition openings
  • 3 formal learning (schools) activities (BW, AH / MOLLI and WJ)
  • 4 family activity events (October Half term at MOLLI, Easter at AH, Museums at Night at BW, Summer Holidays)
  • 2 community /people living with Dementia activities (Kendal / Bowness)
  • 1 adult craft / making master-class (BW)
  • 2 young persons’ (16-24 year olds) events (AH / Jetty TBC)
  • 2 evening events with adults (ACE lecture, AH café launch? TBC)
  • Site shots including buildings and landscape in different seasons
  • 4 miscellaneous events


    Contract runs from October 2016 – October 2017.
    Dates a briefs for each event will be supplied with at least two weeks’ notice; most dates will be supplied much further in advance.

    Following each event, contact sheets of all images to be supplied within three working days. LA contact (below) will make selection of 6-10 images for retouching. Final images to be supplied in high (print quality) and low resolution within 5 working days.

    We envisage that by year end, the photo bank will have between 150 – 200 quality images.

    Further details

    Photography permission forms will be provided for sessions / events involving children. These will to be returned to our LA marketing contact and should be easily cross-referenced with images.

    Photographer will be credited where images appear in our publicity.
    Lakeland Arts retains copyright and publishing rights of all images.
    Photographer may use images in their portfolio but not in public promotion without permission from LA.

    Budget – £5000+ VAT (including all expenses)

    Tendering process

    Please submit a proposal of no more than 4 sides outlining how you will deliver the commission together with a timetable, breakdown of costs, two referees and 10-12 examples from your portfolio (or a link to websites where this can be viewed) including work from similar commissions.

    Submit by noon on Monday 3 October 2016 to:
    Jennie Pitceathly, Head of Learning and Acting Head of Marketing jpitceathly@lakelandarts.org.uk