Arts Facilitator Job Opportunity (Freelance)

Live Well Make Art and Women’s Footprints Co-Design Project


This post is open to women only.
(Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9 (Part 1) Occupational Requirement.)

Click the link for a downloadable PDF version of this brief:

Brief for Arts Facilitator for Live Well Make Art and Women’s Footprints draft


Live Well Make Art (LWMA) is an informal network of arts professionals and activists, health professionals and activists, academics and people who care passionately about the health of Greater Manchester. We want a healthier Greater Manchester, where all its people can share the benefits of engaging in and enjoying the arts and creative activities with each other and we want to make our streets, neighbourhoods and communities better places to live. LWMA has received funding from Greater Manchester Combined Authority, through its Great Places initiative, for a programme of work over the next 18 months.  One strand of this programme aims to co- design an arts, heritage and health pilot project with communities in small geographical areas of Greater Manchester, which experience poor health.

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Women’s Footprints is a new inter-generational group for women living mainly in the Brunswick and Ardwick area of Manchester (just south of the city centre) and is based at Brunswick Parish Church. The women who take part are aged between 23 and 80 and are from culturally diverse backgrounds. Some of the women have children under the age of 5, who are encouraged to sit and play in the room where their mothers are meeting. Women’s Footprints is one year old this October and wants to encourage well-being, confidence-building and creativity. The group meets weekly, on Mondays, between 10 and 12 and has enjoyed workshops in flower arranging, beauty pampering, art therapy and visits to Southport, Youlgreave and a local garden centre.


We are looking for someone from an arts development, community engagement or community producer background, who is experienced in working with groups and has a broad knowledge of the arts, and can:

  • Talk with the women who attend Women’s Footprints about what they think is most important for their health and well-being – their personal health, the health of their families and the health of their neighbourhoods.
  • Explore what kinds of arts they are already interested in or might be interested in learning more about. This should include a very wide range of art forms and ways of experiencing the arts – from singing to textile design and from workshops to visiting arts venues and performances to campaigning using the arts.
  • With the support of Women’s Footprints organisers and Live Well Make Art, put together a high-quality, enjoyable and inspiring programme which will enable the group to explore what interests them, in terms of arts and health. This might be one project with one or more artists or a number of smaller events, such as Taster workshops and visits and should bear the group’s health priorities firmly in mind. Brunswick is close to several professional arts venues, such as the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester Museum and HOME and this may be useful in terms of planning.
  • Develop realistic costings for the programme and agree budget with Live Well Make Art.
  • Co-ordinate the programme, once this has been agreed with the group and deliver as appropriate. This could mean (for example) selecting and liaising with professional artists, with arts venues and with transport providers and attending sessions as relevant.
  • Support the group in developing funding applications which could be submitted if the group wanted to continue to a second phase of the programme.
  • Co-operating with LWMA’s evaluator if required to do so.
  • It would be good if the programme was designed in such a way that a connection was made between Women’s Footprints and the wider geographical neighbourhood, but this is not essential, if this is not what the group itself would wish.Time-Scale
  • The final time-scale will be agreed with Women’s Footprints and LWMA, but is likely to begin in December 2018 and end in October/November 2019
    The budget available for this work is as follows:

    • There is a fee for the facilitator of £3,000 inclusive of travel costs and VAT. This is expected to cover meeting and liaising with Women’s Footprints and with LWMA, researching arts activities which might be of interest to the group, co-designing a programme with the group, co-ordinating the programme once agreed and delivering and/or attending sessions as appropriate, helping the group and the group’s organisers develop funding applications for a second phase of work ( if the group wish to do this) and working with LWMA’s evaluator if requested to do so. Payment will be in three instalments; at the beginning, middle and end of the programme
    • There is a budget of £3-4,000 available for delivery of the programme, subject to agreement with LWMA

How to apply

Please send:

  • Your CV
  • An estimated outline of how you would allocate your time against the proposed fee
  • An answer to the following question on one side of A4. This is an exercise in demonstrating your experience and imagination, as the final programme will be co-designed with the group.

Imagine you are having your first session with Women’s Footprints. What kinds of health priorities do you think the women might have for themselves, their families and their neighbourhoods? What kinds of arts experiences do you think might be interesting to suggest to the group and how would you go about doing this?’

These should be sent to by Friday 30th November.

Women’s Footprints and Live Well Make Art will then short-list applicants and ask those short-listed to come for a short interview on the morning of 13th December




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