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Project Lead required for Carnival Arts Training Program

Cowley Road works, the charity that runs Cowley Road Carnival, is seeking expressions of interest from experienced creative facilitators and project managers with an enthusiasm for carnival arts, experience in developing exciting training programs for artists and the energy/vision to really push a team of 10 trainees to imagine and create processional work for this year’s carnival theme of Space is the Place

As the leader of the Rocket Project: Carnival Arts Training program you will recruit and train 10 new and emerging artists from Oxford to gain experience working with community groups creating Carnival costumes and structures over the course of 3 months. The course will be open to 18-25 year olds from a range of backgrounds and applicants will need to show that they have at least 2 years previous training or have worked within a visual, not Performance, arts based background. As part of a wider project, looking to break down the barriers for people with disabilities engaging in carnival arts, applicants with conditions and imparements and/or from BAME backgrounds will be encouraged to apply to take part in this inclusive project.

We are looking for a Project Lead who has experience working in the community arts sector, with particular experience and skills for working in schools, vulnerable people and those with conditions and imparements.

At this stage we are solely looking for expressions of interest as we await the outcome of a funding bid to Arts Council England.

Rough outline of the role of lead artist/Project manager

The Lead artist will oversee all elements of the course, including
· Work with the Carnival Creative producer to design an exciting and interesting training course to include masterclasses by visiting artists and practitioners,
· Mentoring and training up to 10 applicants in good practice when working with schools and vulnerable people
· Inspiring the trainees, to use their newly acquired skills to create pieces inspired by this year’s carnival theme Space is the Place, for the carnival procession.
· Monitoring the levels of artistry, and helping the trainees to understand how to create the best pieces that they can in the time given at the schools.
· Use the materials budget to ensure that each pair of artists working with the schools has the best possible outcome.
· Securing venues for the different elements of the course
· Being the contact for all venues, trainees and visiting artists
· Hosting the visiting Artists
· Organise transport if needed, to and from Carnival
· Work with the trainees and community groups to document the work and processes achieved.
· Be part of the Rocket project evaluation process.

Please note this opportunity is very much subject to funding, as soon as we know the outcome of our application we will be in touch with applicants for more information and suitable dates for interviews.

Once funding has been received and the position filled, discussions as to the exact content of the course and what can be attained in the time frame, will be had between the successful applicant and the Creative producer of Carnival. CRW has already provisionally engaged the services of some potential visiting artists with experience in both carnival arts and working with community groups.

The fee for this position is £2800,

Please click on the link below to fill in the Expression of interest form.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sHE4FbOYVPZkMc5GvaZVnCSTKhf93PPFlH4KHEo_Br8/edit?usp=sharing
Any questions please contact Anya Fox artistic_producer@cowleyroadworks.org


Rocket project-Trainee artists- Expression of interest

Are you an artist aged between 18 and 25 years old?
Have you been in doing your practice for over 2 years? Whether as an arts student or as an early career professional.
Would you like to be a part of the next generation of professional carnival artists?

Cowley Road works, the charity that runs Cowley Road Carnival, has applied for Arts Council England funding to create the Rocket Project, an exciting intensive training scheme for 10 new and emerging artists from Oxford to gain experience working with community groups creating Carnival costumes and structures.

The course will be open to 18-25 year olds and applicants will need to show that they have at least 2 years previous training or have worked within a visual, not Performance, arts based background. The funding application is explicitly to work with artists from Oxfordshire and we encourage people from BAME backgrounds and also applicants with  conditions or impairments to take part in this inclusive project.

The trainee’s course will include, but is not limited to-
2 days training with the lead artist, learning making skills, systems and best practice when working with schools and vulnerable people, ways to encourage group inspiration and designing for carnival.
5 days training with visiting carnival artists from across the UK
1 day of talks and discussion about the history of carnival, its traditions and how that has influenced the UK carnival scene.
Discussions with the Rocket project lead artist about this year’s carnival theme and the best way to begin interpreting that to take into schools. This year the theme is Space is the Place.
Guidance and training in working with young, vulnerable or disabled people
Trainees will then go on to lead carnival arts projects in pairs, each pair will be allocated a school, 2 of which are SEN schools.

An enhanced DBS check.

The course is likely to take place between April and June and all successful candidates would be expected to attend carnival itself on July the 7th to support the schools/groups that they have been working with.

All artists, from all backgrounds are very much invited, trainees will be expected to work in an inclusive manner and will be given training to be able to do so where necessary.

The trainees will each receive a fee of £500

Please note this opportunity is very much subject to funding, as soon as we know the outcome of our application we will be in touch with applicants for more information and suitable dates for interviews.

Please click on the link below to register your expression of interest for taking part in the project.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_R6LrdvmlMb_kTt1ALEoDs3Qhpfz8OmPCFikIbUiLSY/edit?usp=sharing

Any questions please contact Anya Fox artistic_producer@cowleyroadworks.org

Board of Trustees

A board of enthusiastic trustees with time, skills and experience to give is what helps small charities like Cowley Road Works to thrive. The charity is currently looking to enhance the Board by appointing several new Trustees to take them forward into its next exciting chapter. T

Cowley Road Works are on the look-out for new Trustees including a Treasurer. We are interested in hearing from professionals with a range of skills that will drive the organisation’s expansion and development: people with a background in law, wealth management or fundraising; hands-on experience in outdoor arts, education or marketing; and local residents and traders in a personal investment in the community.

If you’re interested in finding out more about becoming a Cowley Road Works trustee, contact Executive Director Micaela Tuckwell by emailing director@cowleyroadworks.org

Treasurer

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Volunteers

We always have interesting roles for volunteers, especially as we approach Carnival Day itself. Find out more about how you can get involved as a volunteer