Spectra seeks Costume Designer/Maker

Closing Date: 11 December 2017


Location: Birmingham

Remuneration: £2000


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Spectra is a performance company that draws on the diverse creativity of its mixed professional and learning disabled community cast to devise multi-sensory, immersive theatre. Developed through a partnership between mac Birmingham, independent artist Kate DeRight, and Queen Alexandra College, Spectra is now embarking on its fifth Arts Council England funded show, making work that is described by audiences as ‘Beautiful, intensely positive, moving, quirky and brilliant.’

This role is best suited to someone who thrives when working in collaboration: you will be working with our Set Designer (www.thedualworks.com) and Food Designer (www.kayewinwood.com) to create a cohesive world into which our audience can adventure; as a team, you will also work with mac Birmingham technicians to devise the lighting for the show. Our work is made through creative consultation with a community performance company made up of people with learning disabilities. This work is led by a team of deeply skilled artists (director, physical actor, dancer, and two musicians) – this consultation will also feed into the overall design.

Our work is promenade, sometimes outdoors, always with elements of site-specificity, multi-disciplinary, interactive, immersive, and invites audiences to use all of their senses. For this upcoming show, we have been exploring ideas of tribalism, prejudice, fitting in versus forging your own path, unity and individuality. Our starting point visually will be working with monochromatic colour sections, e.g. all red, all blue, etc.

Our performance company can be as large as 30 people, so the right person for this job will be able to manage both their budget and their capacity very well – a Production Assistant will be available to assist with purchasing and making. Our Costume Designer/Maker will have great passion for their work, an interest in the many elements of our work and, particularly important, have a good sense of humour. While the skills within our company are varied and diverse, we have the highest expectations of quality in terms of substance, style and finish.

Spectra is made possible via support from Arts Council England, mac Birmingham and Queen Alexandra College.

Dates: it is expected that the Costume Designer/Maker will manage their own time and that planning and production meetings will be agreed as early as possible in advance.

– 26 March 2018, 1-3pm – session with community cast about design ideas co-led with our Director and Set Designer (this date is negotiable but must be a Monday afternoon between 26 Feb – 26 Mar)

– from 16 April – 4 May, the full company meets on Mondays and Tuesdays and the professional team only on Thursdays
from 7 May – 12 May, the full company is in throughout this week

– 10 – 12 May, four performances

Location: mac Birmingham (storage space is available; there is some access to workshop space)

Fee: £2100 (up to £250 for travel and accommodation can be provided if required)

Budget for materials: £1000

Application process: please send your CV, a brief expression of interest that clarifies your suitability for this work in specific (no more than one page), and examples of past work

Closing date for applications: 10am on Monday 11 December 2017

Interview date: Thursday 14 December 2017 (please let us know if you are not available on this date)

For any queries, please contact spectraartsproject@gmail.com

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Twitter: @Spectra_Arts
YouTube Channel: Spectra Arts