Producer (Freelance)

Job Description
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Reporting to: Artistic Director
Location: Ort Gallery, 496 Moseley Road, Birmingham, B12 9AH and from home
Fee: £5000 (25 days x £200 day rate)
Freelance position (25 days over 5 months, September 2020 to January 2021)

About the Post

The role of the Producer will be to identify new ways of working, support artists, produce visual art exhibitions and events linked to the exhibitions. There will be additional duties including marketing, audience development and budget management.

Access underpins all aspects of work at Ort Gallery and it is therefore important to us that the post holder understands and promotes the equal opportunities, diversity and safeguarding policies of the organisation.

The Producer will work closely with the team to:

  • take the lead in overseeing specific exhibition projects and associated events
  • support the organisation to reach their goals in regards to access and inclusion
  • support the maintenance of existing partnerships as well as the creation of new partnerships in the industry and community
  • support our outreach work in the community
  • engage individuals from the local community in the creative work Ort Gallery programmes
  • aid engagement creatively
  • facilitate dialogue between people from different social backgrounds through every day interaction, social media and events
  • be a point of contact for audiences and support visitors to experience the work exhibited
  • programme new projects for the future
  • support fundraising where appropriate
  • contribute to and update policies
  • monitor visitor data, capture data, keep records and write evaluation documents

Responsible for:

The producer is responsible for the exhibitions programme and associated events. They will be co-designing and planning these with artists and community ambassadors, support artists as required, organise and budget for the different parts of the programme and liaise with partners. They will ensure exhibitions and events run smoothly and reach their potential.

The events programmed will draw on subjects found in the exhibition programme supporting audiences to connect to the work, be more likely to return to exhibitions at Ort Gallery and other exhibition spaces and feel engaged in their community. The programme will take the shape of talks, discussions, poetry performances, participatory workshops, open submission exhibitions, outreach work, performances and more.

Following covid-19 related lockdown of the gallery we are entering a new phase of our work where we will need to support our community look after their wellbeing. We are looking for a motivated and creative individual who is passionate about social justice and the role the arts can play in making our society better and fairer.

We are keen to support individuals with their professional development and we will be offering relevant training and support you throughout your time in our organisation.

This is a freelance post. Some weekend and/or evening work will be required on occasion. The working hours are fully flexible and work will take place at Ort Gallery as well as from home. We are a Disability Confident Employer and aim to adjust our working environment and methods to the needs of our staff. We are a Living Wage Employer and we adhere to the Paying Artists Guide.

Person Specification

A person specification describes the areas of knowledge, skills and experience a person should possess in order to take up the post.

Desirable

  • Experience of working in a gallery or similar organisation or experience of working with audiences or community groups
  • The ability to communicate with a wide range of people
  • The ability to remain calm in difficult situations and when faced with complaints
  • Sensitivity towards cultural differences
  • The ability to support, nurture and motivate others
  • A commitment to continuing professional development and improving their professional practice
  • A commitment to equality and diversity
  • A passion for the arts
  • A commitment to promoting arts to everyone in society
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Sound written and oral communication skills
  • Experience of writing and implementing policy for small organisation or a desire to learn

Application Guidance Notes

Ort Gallery is committed to principles of diversity and equality and this is firmly established in our recruitment process. Personal information and the equal opportunities monitoring section of the application form are removed before consideration by the panel. No job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment than another on grounds of age, disability, gender / gender reassignment, marriage / civil partnership, pregnancy / maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation (the protected characteristics under the Single Equality Act 2010).

Black, Asian, minoritised community, disabled and candidates from the LGBT+ community are particularly encouraged to apply for the role. We pledge to interview every applicant from a B10, B11 and B12 postcode and every applicant who identifies as disabled who fulfils the basic requirements for the post.

If shortlisted we will ask for adjustments needed by candidates to make the interview process suitable to all applicants.

Ort Gallery | 496 Moseley Road Birmingham B12 9AH | ortgallery.co.uk | 07938428394