YVAN seeks Cultural Co-Producer

Closing Date: 10 August 2020

Yorkshire Visual Arts Network

Location: Yorkshire

Remuneration: Fee: £6,100 inclusive of VAT. Travel budget of £200.


4 coloured circles arranged in a 2 x 2 grid, Coloured Red, light blue, turquoise and mid blue (l-r, top to bottom). These contain the letters C,V,A & N. To the right, Yorkshire & Humber written in blue above Contemporary Visual Arts Network in black.

YVAN is looking to recruit a freelance post to continue to build and support artist networks across the region and co-produce projects to enable sector resilience and relevance.

Terms: Freelance contract, 10 months duration (October 2020-July 2021)

Yorkshire & Humber is a place where the visual arts thrive through collective strength and collaboration across the sector, founded on the creative vision of individual artists. The visual arts are accessible to meaningful participation and enjoyment by the diverse range of people who visit, live and work in Yorkshire & Humber. The important strategic contribution of the visual arts sector to place making and quality of life in Yorkshire & Humber is recognised and valued.

To be a voice and advocate for the artist, artist-led and the visual arts in Yorkshire & Humber, delivering a programme that effects change in the profile, reputation and sustainability of the visual arts sector in Yorkshire & Humber and beyond.

YVAN has developed a programme of support with and for artists. Under the title of ‘Beyond The Obvious’, this comprises of:

-Micro-grants including peer crits;
-Sector snap-shots artist-led commissions resulting in publications
-Nourish outreach and consultation events at regional and sub-regional levels.

With a close network of research collaborators including universities, Cultural Forum North and arts publishers Corridor8, YVAN is restructuring to facilitate programmes ‘co-produced’ with the artist-led sector that facilitate new knowledge and narrative.

The purpose of the CCP post is to bring research to life, to make it real for the practicing artists and to generate opportunities for live action research to feed back into the research framework. This will also enable the region’s artistic networks to have meaningful dialogue with future clients and decision & policy makers and explore how practice can be embedded in research.

Particular aims and outcomes of this role are to:

-Undertake on-going research to identify and log the diversity of artists networks across the region

-Develop a working policy on Artists Co-production & Engagement with definitions and working practices

-Set up YVAN programmes and ensure their successful delivery

-Co-produce projects with artists and artist-led regional networks to enhance and enable their work to embody and enrich sector specific research

-Co-produce creative approaches and methods for collecting data to evidence impacts

-Develop and deliver an audience development strategy

-Prepare reports and supply useful and relevant data and opportunities from the regions networks for our communications

-To write/ co-write funding bids as appropriate

-Seek other relevant income generating potential

-Represent and advocate for YVAN at agreed events.

-Act as co-ordinating liaison for YVAN within the wider CVAN region.

-This is a fixed term contract to deliver the stated services. Applications must be registered as self-employed with HMRC.

-You will need to demonstrate previous experience of working collaboratively within the arts or in other sectors, and successful fundraising leading to project delivery within the creative and cultural sector.

-You will hold a current enhanced DBS check or be willing to undertake one.

-You will need good communication skills and be well connected, building relationships quickly and efficiently, with project management skills to enable delivery when funding is secured.

-There is an expectation that travel around the regions will be a requirement. YVAN is committed to energy efficiency and is committed to enacting a green agenda across its operations, and would therefore be happy to discuss other options for consultation including video conferencing.

To apply for this role, please download the Job Description and application document from our website.

For an informal conversation about this role, please contact Sue Ball, YVAN executive director through jobs@yvan.org.uk