Kildare Co Council and partner organisations recently announced their successful award for the Arts Council Creative Places programme for Athy, with the town set to benefit from funding of €450,000. Through this milestone achievement, Creative Places Athy will develop the creative potential of the town and environs, through engagement with creatives and the community.
A part-time Coordinator (20 hours weekly) is being sought to lead the Creative Places programme over a three-year period (2021-2024). The hours of work will include evenings and weekends and flexibility is required. The Coordinator will be self-employed and will manage their own tax affairs; the hourly rate of pay is €30, excluding VAT.
Creative Places Athy will be developed in collaboration with project partners for maximum cultural and social impact. Underpinned by socially engaged art practice and community development principles, it will be informed by the community’s stories, experience and Athy’s social, economic and cultural traditions.
Aims include cultivating a ground up approach to arts and creative engagement, developing new opportunities for a diverse range of artists working with communities, embedding a rich, supportive and sustainable culture for socially engaged art, and creating high quality socially engaged art.
Ciara O’Keeffe, a local and award-winning ceramic artist, told the ***Kildare Nationalist*** at the time of the announcement that “having been aware and impressed with ‘Creative Places’ in Tuam Co Galway, I was delighted to hear that Athy has been awarded €450,000 in funding. Hopefully this will generate many creative local opportunities. Opportunities that artists and the community at large can embrace and enjoy. I am so looking forward to the results over the next three years.”
The Coordinator will take a leading role in all areas of project management, programme delivery, producing, marketing and communicating with artists, community members and local and national stakeholders,
As part of the role, they will work in partnership with stakeholders and agencies in the Athy area to ensure the effectiveness of the project and to augment the work that is happening in the area currently.
They will also support the establishment of the Community Arts Liaison Group who will support the decision making for programme delivery; lead the development of a long-term vision plan, beyond 2024, with strategic partners; and support the establishment of an identity, brand and website for Creative Places Athy, among other functions.
Essential skills and requirements for the post include demonstrated knowledge of working directly with artists, a proven track record of socially engaged arts and collaborative arts practice, an understanding and experience of working in socially disadvantaged communities and socially excluded groups, and experience of working collaboratively across statutory, community/voluntary and volunteer led organisations.
The application form is available online at kildarecoco.submit.com/show/58 and the deadline to be considered for the role is Monday 9 August at 5pm. It’s expected that interviews will take place on Wednesday 18 August, online.
Queries about the position should be directed to [email protected]