Makerspace Artist Creative Brief

Makerspace Artist Creative Brief

Six Libraries in Rotherham will become a Makerspace this year as a pilot project. The project is a collaboration with Brightbox, Rotherham Libraries and FLUX Rotherham.

Brightbox have delivered previous makerspace projects related to circular economy and have recently launched their own tool hire service.

We are looking for 5 artists/creatives to work alongside Brightbox Makers to deliver all the creative sessions in the libraries.

We want to bring the tools, experience and expertise of making and creating to libraries in Wath, Dinnington, Mowbray Gardens, Maltby, Greasbrough and Central Rotherham. We believe that these are communities beaming with aspiration and creativity and want to showcase their work through a series of pop-up makerspaces.

What’s a makerspace? It’s a place where tools, equipment, knowledge and experience are shared. It could be scissors and cardboard or 3D printers and laser cutters. What is important is that people come together to share their creative ideas, passion and inspiration in a welcoming environment.

In the five community libraries, we’ll invite 6 school groups to visit their library during October to create art in multiple sessions with a local artist, that could be you! We’ll repeat this same workshop during half term so that more children can contribute. There will be 2 workshops per day and each workshop will be 1 – 1.5 hours dependent on the artists plans.

The final workshop during half term will be followed by a celebration event for the families to see a showcase of the artwork created by the children and artist.

The works produced at all 5 libraries will come together at Riverside House in the centre of Rotherham for 2 weeks in November. While visiting the exhibition, members of the public can have a go at using equipment and materials in the makerspace, participate in your workshop and ask you about being an artist and working in partnership with Rotherham young people.

We’re looking for artists who:

  • Are multi skilled and able to work across different mediums with a wide range of techniques and making skills.
  • Have a practice that centres around 3-dimensional artwork- sculpture, 3D Design, textiles or ceramics.
  • Have a minimum of 3 years working in community arts or education.
  • Have the ability to co create and facilitate with sensitivity and leadership.
  • Have previous experience of working with children and young people.
  • Can co-produce work with other people.

Please apply by;

  • Sending us a short paragraph about why you fit the role.
  • Visual examples of your work with other groups.
  • Links to your work and other information you think may be useful.
  • Details of two references.

Please ensure that your application is no longer than two sides of A4 including images.

You are able to apply by video if preferred (no longer than 5 minutes). Please send all applications to [email protected]

Deadline for applications is 10am on Monday 7th August 2023- Artists will be selected by a youth panel by Friday 11th August. Artists may be invited for an online chat by the panel if they have any questions. If you are invited for a chat you will be paid an hourly rate of £34 per hour for the meeting.

Artists will be paid at a day rate of £250 and will be expected to take part in:

  • 1 training day at Hull Makerspace to learn about makerspace equipment
  • 1 artist panel event to meet Young Producers (1 event)
  • 1 test workshop with children and young people (1/2 day)
  • 8 workshops (4 days) for young people at 1 of the community libraries
  • 1 Exhibition and celebration at the library you have been working at.
  • 2 days of workshops, exhibition and tinkering at Riverside House Makerspace
  • Planning will also be paid at a day rate of £250

If you would like a quick chat prior to applying, please email [email protected]

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