YVAN seeks Research, Learning & Evidence Lead

Closing Date: 10 August 2020

Yorkshire Visual Arts Network

Location: Yorkshire

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



Yorkshire Visual Arts Network (YVAN) is looking to recruit a freelance post to lead the research and learning component of YVAN’s programme which is at the core of the organisation’s future.

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 RL&E Lead is to establish a research framework with research questions and priority objectives that are relevant to the artist and artist-led sector. Through robust relationships with the HEI sector and evidence collection from across YVAN’s programmes, this post will ensure that learning, knowledge and narrative is produced that is valued and impactful on the artist and artist-led network to inform and shape practice, makes visible the contribution of the artist (in addition to the arts institutional sector) to wider society, and produce data to feed into policy development through the CVAN national network.

Particular aims and outcomes of this role are to:

– Consolidate YVAN’s credentials, partnerships and knowledge base in the area of research and evidence

– Produce data and narrative that can inform individual and group artistic practice

– Produce data to help advocate for the visual arts sector and be robust to affect policy development

– Increase the status and visibility of the artist practitioner sector through research findings

– Establish novel forms of research and development ‘environments’ for co-produced research questions that include academics, artists and non-arts stakeholders

– Ensure YVAN team, Board and stakeholders are aware of artists’ needs and can advocate effectively for the sector at regional and national level

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

– A working knowledge of the research and learning infrastructure for the visual arts in the Greater North is an essential requirement for this post.

– You should have a minimum of 5 years experience of working strategically overseeing and delivering impactful research programmes with the arts and HEI sectors, and to be able to demonstrate your ability to produce well-written and -evidenced reports with recommendations for the strategic impact on the wider visual arts and museums sector.

– 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