Social Housing Arts Network – Artists Brief

Thanks to Graham Priestly for highlighting this opportunity.

Subject: Social Housing Arts Network – Artists Brief

Hello all,

Please find attached the fourth artists brief for Guild’s Social Housing Arts Network project.
Social Housing Arts Network is a project funded by the Arts Council through its Strategic Touring fund. Over 18 months Guild will be working with four social housing providers nationally, establishing a model and touring network for socially engaged artists through process-led projects.
We’re excited to announce that we are looking for the fourth of four artist/s to work with us on the project. For this commission we are looking for an artist/s to work with us in Edlington in South West Doncaster over an 8 month period (September 2015 – April 2016). The selected artist/s will work from a central hub point but also with the flexibility to work elsewhere in the immediate community setting to deliver participant focused, high quality artist led activity with the residents. 
We are looking for an artist/s with a strong track record of delivering collaborative, socially engaged art projects within community settings, with a minimum of two years’ experience. 
Deadline for submissions: 5pm Sunday 30th August 2015
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Social Housing Arts Network – Artist Brief

About the project
Social Housing Arts Network is a project funded by the Arts Council through its Strategic Touring fund. In June 2014, Guild was successful in securing funding for an 18-month project beginning August 2014 and running until early 2016. Over the 18-month project, Guild will work with four Social Housing Providers nationally, establishing a model and touring network for artists with an engaged practice through process-led projects.

You can find the project website here:
About Guild
Guild was established in order to deliver a number of long-term projects that were originally developed by artist collective UHC. UHC ceased to take on new commissions and projects in August 2014 but its business structure remains in order to deliver this and other long-term projects.
About St Leger Homes
St Leger Homes is an Arms-Length Management Organisation or ‘ALMO’ created by Doncaster Council to manage and maintain the Council’s 21,000 homes. St Leger Homes is also helping the Council deliver a £300 million housing stock investment programme, which will see all properties meeting the Decent Homes Standard by 2015. Our vision is to create confident communities, in partnership.
We are a not for profit organisation that operates independently from the Council with our own board of directors, who make decisions about the strategic direction of the organisation. The board includes tenant, councillor and independent board members.
Project Activity
By working with Social Housing Providers, residents have the opportunity to take part in projects with artists who want to work on a longer-term basis with communities. Although this way of working isn’t new, it is still not well understood. We want to expand the opportunities available to artists working in this way, and help SHP’s and residents explore the possibilities of these kinds of projects. Each location we are working in has different local nuances and issues, and working with residents, SHP staff and commissioned artists we want to produce work together that speaks for each locality.
The four social housing provider partners we will be working with during this project are Bolton at Home (Bolton), South Yorkshire Housing Association (Sheffield), Poplar HARCA (Tower Hamlets, London) and St Leger Homes (Doncaster).
With this Strategic Touring grant we will deliver the same adaptable model with four venues, with work across the various SHP partners overlapping to ensure an exchange of learning across the project.
The activity with each SHP will be broken down into 3 phases as follows:
Phase 1:

Introduction and re-addressing your local environment – this initial phase of activity involves Guild as project managers and artists engaging with the specific social housing provider and its community. Phase 1 will be delivered over 2 months. (June 2015 – July 2015 in Doncaster)

Phase 2:
Delivering art activity in the area focusing on engaged practice as the art form/work itself. Building on foundations laid during Phase 1.

Phase 2 will be delivered over 6 months. (September 2015 – February 2016 in Doncaster)

Phase 3:
Visual or other outcomes – this final phase focuses on any physical production work by the artists and residents, which will be made as a result of the residency phase 2 period. This will serve as both a celebration event and act as the jumping off point for what might come next. Phase 3 will be delivered over 2 months. (March 2016 – April 2016 in Doncaster)

About the role – St Leger Homes: Edlington, Doncaster.
We wish to commission an artist/s to work with us in Doncaster over an 8-month period (Phases 2 and 3 outlined above). The selected artist/s will work in Edlington from a central hub point but also with the flexibility to work elsewhere in the immediate community setting to deliver participant focused, high quality artist led activity with the residents. The engaged practice and participation with the residents will be process focused, although there will be physical visual (or other) art outcomes to showcase during Phase 3. This will be developed with the residents during Phase 2.
 In addition to this you will be expected to assist Guild in the on-going documentation of the project, as the creation of an advocacy document is key to the furthering of the ideas, relationships and practices of the Social Housing Arts Network.
Guild have already established relationships within the community, and working alongside St Leger Homes staff, residents, and other partners working within the community, have identified the following focus for the project:
The geographical focus for the project is Edlington, a former mining village to the South West of Doncaster. For this project there is a particular focus on the area around the Martin Wells Centre, the former Thompson Avenue/Dixon Road area, demolished in the last decade and set to have 106 new houses built on site, with construction commencing around the time we hope to have an artist in place. The development of this new community alongside the existing ones in Edlington, and specifically the immediate neighbours at the Swallowdale Extra Care facility, Martin Wells Centre (library and doctors) and the recently beautified Martin Wells Lake is the focus for the project. Despite the new homes not being built or populated yet, there are many other local starting point to explore in relation to how new people and ideas can work alongside the existing community groups, and how a project like this can help people find out what is going on, how to get involved, and contribute to Edlington.
This is an open brief within the constraints set out here, as we are looking for someone who can demonstrate the right balance of inventiveness and ability to bring together local strands to build a coherent overall project. The project will draw on existing or proposed local projects, new ideas from new communities, and the successful artist’s ideas, developed with the people we wish to engage.
We are especially interested in how this project links in with and supports existing local community organising, and how relationships with other activity could be established to continue beyond the project.
Experience and person specification
We are looking for an artist/s with a strong track record of delivering collaborative, socially engaged art projects within community settings, with a minimum of two years’ experience.
It is essential that the artist is experienced in working within a culturally diverse community setting and able to confidently and sensitively develop relationships with residents and partners throughout the project.
This is the final artist brief for Social Housing Arts Network, with projects within Bolton, Sheffield and London already inprogress. The staggering of the project in the four locations allows the opportunity to learn from other artists and approaches throughout the project.
Duration & Fee
Artist fee: £4480
The commission will begin in September 2015 and run until April 2016.

The artist will be expected to deliver 24 days of activity during Phase 2 and 4 days in the development of the showcase event during Phase 3. The commission fee below covers planning and delivery and artists will be expected to attend regular steering group meetings, which will take place in Edlington, and to contribute to project documentation. And evaluation. There is an additional budget for materials and artist travel costs.

Other requirements
The artist and members of the artist team will be required to have evidence of a current Disclosure and Barring Service / Criminal Records Bureau check.
The artist will be required to have adequate insurance to cover all risks, product and public liability. Evidence of this insurance must be produced.
Physical artwork should be safe and fit for purpose with an appropriate quality of materials and workmanship for its function. Where appropriate proper Health and Safety (particularly Construction, Design and Management regulations (2007) if they are deemed to apply) and working practices should be observed.
How to apply
To apply please submit the following to:
– CV with the details of two referees

– An artist statement outlining why you are interested in this project and your approach to the brief – giving examples of relevant past projects along with images.

Deadline for submissions: 5pm Sun 30th Aug
Shortlisting for interview will take place w/b 31st August Interviews will be held in Edlington on 11th Sep 


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