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Head of Creative Learning (maternity cover)

Head of Creative Learning (maternity cover)

Warwick Arts Centre

Warwick Arts Centre is the largest arts centre outside London and, with nearly one million visitors each year, it is the leading multi-disciplinary arts centre on a UK university campus. Situated at the heart of the University, Warwick Arts Centre presents over 1500 events, films and exhibitions each year and provides a home for collaboration, innovation and creativity to thrive, an environment where ideas and talent can grow.

In forty years the Arts Centre has grown in size, scale and audience numbers, now investing in producing and commissioning work to support artists and companies regionally, nationally and internationally, securing a fantastic reputation and profile for a highly regarded programme.

Vision – to be a world class arts venue where creativity, collaboration and innovation thrive, inspiring everyone to discover the power of the arts and creativity

Our Priorities

A Programme of Distinction – working with the most dynamic and innovative artists in their field and presenting a programme that is socially relevant and distinctive through its high quality and breadth of reach.

Future Audiences – growing new audiences of all ages and from all walks of life and expanding the appetite of existing audiences making Warwick Arts Centre the most socially inclusive Arts Centre in the region.

Future Creatives – to support the development of new voices, emerging artists and … contributing to the development of a more socially inclusive sector.

Future Finances – to develop new income streams and secure sustainable resources to enable the Arts Centre to realise its plans.

Future Proofing – to invest in the development of our staff ensuring that they are appropriately skilled and resourced.

Head of Creative Learning

The Creative Learning Team at Warwick Arts Centre create hands-on learning opportunities with audiences, artists and academics, which provide schools and the wider community with new and exciting avenues of engagement with our programme of theatre, dance, music, film and visual arts.

From exciting one-off taster events to our ambitious programme of life-changing projects, our work nurtures curiosity and enriches learning, which we believe is a lifelong entitlement for all.

Our guiding principles are that creative learning should:

  • Place participants in the creative driving seat.
  • Be artist-facilitated with participants working as artists themselves.
  • Be accessible and inclusive to all regardless of age, ability or background.
  • Be fun, significant, influential and inspirational.
  • Give participants rich, inspirational encounters with the arts and artists.
  • Unite people by offering shared experiences.

Warwick Arts Centre’s Creative Learning activities aim to:

  1. Increase audience participation and engagement with young people, families and lifelong learners; identifying and developing diverse new audiences.
  2. Connect the work of the Arts Centre with the research and practice of the University of Warwick
  3. Develop and support local talent
  4. Strengthen our position as a cultural leader in the region – taking a leading role in the cultural Education Partnership for Coventry and creating strategic partnerships to deliver our aims.
  5. Ensure digital thinking and practice is embedded within our work, moving towards a ‘mixed reality’ space.
  6. Be impact driven; building an evaluation framework and responding to evaluation findings, always aiming to understand how impact is generated through our work.

Reporting to the Programme Director the post holder works closely with colleagues across the organisation to ensure that our creative learning work is fully integrated with the artistic programme, which spans all artforms. Our learning and engagement programmes draw inspiration from, are shaped by, and contribute to, the key themes of the artistic programme.

The post holder will manage the Creative Learning team in order to lead and implement our Creative Learning Strategy and will collaborate closely with stakeholders, schools, artists, communities and key funders including University of Warwick and Arts Council England (ACE). The department raises the majority of its funds through external sources and the post holder, with support from the University of Warwick’s Development Office, is responsible for securing funding opportunities and completing applications.

Whilst this is a maternity cover, it is not business as usual. You will be expected to build on what has been achieved so far and drive forward changes. Warwick Arts Centre has begun work on a gear shift in our engagement with diverse communities, contributing to making Warwick Arts Centre the leading inclusive cultural institution in the region.
Priorities for the post in the coming months are to continue to lead the team forwards, including the leadership of emerging programmes that focus on:

  • Raising technical skills and aspirations;
  • Connecting to Coventry’s past and present workforce
  • Building on partnership opportunities with The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry University and the Cultural Education Partnership.

You will also be instrumental in shaping Warwick Art Centre’s programmes for Coventry 2021.

For the full job spec, and to apply, please click here.