Wired Aerial Theatre

Art Assistant

Working with Artistic Director and Director of Learning and Participation

 

CONTRACT: Freelance, 7 weeks, full time in UK

DURATION: 3rd January – 18th February 2021

LOCATION: Warrington and Liverpool. This position would ideally suit someone based locally

FEE: £500 a week (total £3,500)

APPLY UNTIL: 27th December (midday)

INTERVIEWS: 28th December at mutually agreed time, notification of outcome same day

 

THE COMPANY:

Wired Aerial Theatre is funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation. We are dreamers, we are believers, and we can fly. Come and join us!

We are on a mission to be fearless, rigorous and ambitious when we create art. We want to celebrate the resilience of the human spirit. We will use a vertical wall as our backdrop and a bungee as a metaphor to do this.

We have three strands of work:

1 – Creation, Productions and Participation in our work

2 – Art Form and sector development

3 - Services (this includes consultancy work and performing and touring our existing Wired productions)


In January, Wired begin recreating a fabulous outdoor rep piece, originally called Straw Dog which toured across the UK to free festivals in and around 2010. After the redevelopment stage the piece will emerge as Me v Me. This will be the first production from Wired’s Metamorphous strand, an artistic arc of work that explores mental health and celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in the context of the modern world.

Me v Me is a Wired Aerial Theatre production artistically directed by Wendy Hesketh-Ogilvie and choreographed by Henri Oguike who will return to develop the original theme – an exploration of the duality of mental health. This work will be re-created with WAT’s new approach that prioritises creative exploration and emotional journeys within a safeguarded framework.

Me v Me will launch in February 22 as part of NOW Festival, a performing arts and mental health event, organised by the Merseyside Youth Association. We launch for 3 nights in February and follow with a short tour then tour again in schools and FE colleges in Sept/Oct later in the year. Each performance will be supported by wraparound workshops provided by our dedicated learning and participation team. 

We recognise the positive values of diversity, promote equality and challenge all forms of discrimination. We actively welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply for this role. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, people of African or Caribbean heritage and people of South, East and South East Asian heritage and people who are ethnically diverse and/or with lived experience of racism, ableism, sexism or genderism, or who have experienced socio-economic disadvantage. We wish to recruit a local creative practitioner for this role.

Outline work schedule (subject to change)

3-31st January:

Working at the rehearsal venue (Warrington) during the creation process.

1st February – 4th February:

Performing as part of NOWfest at The Black-E (Liverpool) – 3 shows

6-8th February 2022:

Performances at Wigan Youth Zone – 4 shows

9th- 18th February 2022:

Working a mixture of remote and with Director of Learning and Participation to evaluate and collate feedback.

The Art Assistant (AA) will work with the Artistic Director(AD), Wendy Hesketh-Ogilvie supporting her to do her best work as AD of Wired, whilst creating the new performance Me vs Me. Find out more about Wendy here https://www.wiredaerialtheatre.com/about-wired/staff-and-company/wendy-hesketh-ogilvie You will also work closely with Director of Learning and Participation (Dir L&P) to carry out any duties needed to support her work concerning the wraparound educational aspects of the job.

This new role would suit someone who enjoys variety, working to deadlines as part of a small team and working on their own using their initiative. It involves administrative and program management tasks, facilitating the effective management of the company’s programme of activity and schedule, and carrying out important operational duties. This role requires discretion and the ability to manage confidential information.

JOB BRIEF

We are looking for a skilled Arts Assistant (AA) to both Artistic Director (AD) and Director of Learning and Participation (Dir L&P). Your work will move fluidly between the studio/rehearsal space and office.

The first 4 weeks of the contract are focussed on the AD devising and rehearsing physical work, as well as the Dir of L&P creating workshop material. Both these areas require you to attend meetings (taking notes, recording and following up on actions), sorting logistical matters and communication and we require the AA to be able to move from one person to the other throughout, ensuring that all matters are actioned.

Week 5 (post creation period) involves managing the logistics of a short tour with the remaining weeks dedicated to evaluation of the project, gathering data and supporting the Directors in this work.

Part of the role involves ensuring smooth running of daily rehearsals, including preparing the space for the day, making refreshments in time for the breaks, dealing with routine correspondence and enquiries and assisting in managing our time effectively.

It is important that you feel you could take the initiative to identify and resolve situations as they arise to facilitate the smooth running and continuity within rehearsals/ in the office.

We would want you to uphold the values of Wired Aerial Theatre in terms of our professionalism, integrity, effectiveness and dynamic that contributes to an internal environment of teamwork. You will be working closely with people, so strong interpersonal skills are important as well as genuine belief in equality and diversity and social justice. Clear, honest and considerate communication is paramount as you will be the point of focus for any queries which may arise from the performers, climbers, choreographer, consultants and senior management team.

You will join our team of three: Artistic Director, Technical Director, and Director of Learning and Participation.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • On a daily basis attend meetings, note any actions and create a plan for the following day
  • Assist the AD, ensuring she has the documents and information required to perform her role
  • Provide listening support/ be a sounding board for the AD as required
  • Prepare and set up for meetings and team briefings
  • To prepare the rehearsal space ready for rehearsals (creating and posting schedule/visitor info – making refreshments), managing any issues that may affect rehearsals
  • Ensure the space is left at the end of each day according to the venues requirements.
  • Be the central point of contact for wellbeing support for the creative and senior management team
  • Communicate information to the creative team and key collaborators, managing enquiries and correspondence on behalf of the AD or D of L&P
  • Create and manage the company’s travel itinerary for creation and performance weeks and manage per diem distribution
  • To support the understanding/following of Wired policies, procedures, and practices
  • Collect and compile up to date, accurate performance/activity data for Arts Council England
  • Liaise with the creative team and SMT daily regarding well-being and logistics
  • Help build positive relations within the team and external parties
  • Support the AD and D of L&P in communicating (where necessary) between partners on behalf of the company.
  • Support the Director of Learning and Participation in the creation and distribution of audience data collection.
  • With support from the D of L&P, create and distribute the feedback forms connected to the workshops and shows.
  • Support the D of L&P in the organisation of volunteers to collect the data during performances at The Black-E.

GENERAL

  •  Undertake any other reasonable duties as requested by the AD, Dir of L&P or Technical Director to further enhance the effective administration of the Company.
  • Maintain confidentiality in relation to personnel issues and always have regard to promoting and preserving the reputation of the Company and its employees.
  • Attend meetings, performances and events as necessary.
  • At all times to carry out duties and responsibilities with regard to the company’s Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety Policies.

This job description is a guide to the nature of the work required of this position. It is neither wholly comprehensive nor restrictive and does not form part of the contract of employment.

HOURS OF WORK

40 hours per week, working Monday to Friday. There will be some evening work involved during the performance week and possibly some weekend work if necessary, during the creation period (first 4 weeks). 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential:

  • Relevant experience in a personal assistant, administrative or coordination role for a company or arts organisation.
  • Professional arts production experience with knowledge of and a passion for theatre, dance and/or aerial dance. 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to deal confidently and positively with all levels of staff, both face to face, by email and over the telephone.
  • A high standard of written English, and an ability to draft letters and minutes.
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills, working with own initiative and the ability to prioritise and work with logistical challenges and strict timelines and dates
  • Very strong IT skills to include Outlook, iCal, Word, Excel, knowledge of diary management and the ability to produce fast, accurate work to a high level of presentation, and the ability to proof-read and correct own work.
  • The ability to remain calm and flexible and handle a varied and time-pressured workload.
  • The ability to quickly develop an understanding of the work of the AD and the Dir of L&P and to respect confidentiality and discretion.
  • The ability to work both as part of a team and independently
  • A flexible and can-do attitude.
  • Professional experience of listening or support work and/or basic counselling skills

Desirable:

  • DBS checked
  • First Aid Trained
  • Aptitude for creating and sharing social media posts

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Read all the information regarding the job opportunity, make sure you are available for the interview date.

Fill in the application form online, attaching your CV and cover letter that explains why you want to work for Wired and press submit.

Fill in the ED&I form using the link to the google form. With the timeframe we are working to we want to let you know that we will contact only those we wish to interview.

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