Lead Artist Opportunity- Rotherham Central Library



Contract type:

We are looking for a lead artist to engage with a small number of young people aged between 12-24 years, in creative and disruptive activities using books and literature as the inspiration, at the Central Library space in Riverside House, Rotherham.

The project will also work with library staff to demonstrate and encourage risk taking and to use libraries as creative and cultural spaces offering activities that are unexpected and surprising, as a tool for further engagement.

The resulting 'artwork' work will have been co-created with the young people participating. It is anticipated there will be a core group of regular attendees but the project also need to accommodate young people who may drop in only once. It is expected to be able to generate an exhibition, possibly at multiple venues, so the resulting work can be one large thing, lots of smaller things or a large component work that can be separated. There will also be some digital distribution of images.

The majority of the delivery will be during the October half term: 27th October - 3rd November, the remainder of the sessions are negotiable but will need to take place on Saturdays or after school until 6.30 on Mondays and Thursdays.

There will be a celebratory event at the end of the project.

You will also be provided with delivery support, where you will take on a mentoring role to two local artists as part of the skills legacy, who will then be able to support the library staff in future projects. Once appointed we will work with you to recruit your support.

  • Artist fee = £3,500
  • 10 days delivery (will be split into some half days @ £250 a day) , 3 days preparation, 1 day completion.
  • Indicative materials budget = £500
  • Application Deadline : 4th September 2018
  • Project completion: December 20th 2018
  • Return and enquiries: team@rotherhamroar.org
How to apply: 

To apply please send a covering letter (no more than 2 sides of A4 equivalent) explaining how you would work with all three different recipient groups, your approach to co-creation and how you would use books and literature as a starting point. Please also send your CV with supporting visual materials by email or post by the 4th September to:


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