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The Liverpool Complaints Choir

Job Opportunity: Public Programme Producer

by FACT

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Purpose of the Post

We are looking for a part-time (3 days per week) Public Programme Producer to join our team. The primary objective of this new post is to develop, shape and promote activities and events that engage audiences in the ideas and content of FACT’s overall programme.

FACT’s mission is to enrich lives and shape the future through Film, Art and Creative Technology. Key to this mission is FACT’s role as an international centre for artistic excellence and a hub for the local community.

FACT is a place where we support artists and creative practitioners to experiment and develop creatively. In our commitment to new art and ideas, we collaborate extensively with artists, curators, technologists, scientists, researchers and experts from other fields. We work with them to find new approaches to sharing this work with audiences through a variety of formats including exhibitions, talks and conferences, performances, workshops, and screenings, both physical and online. Underpinning all of our activity is a commitment to equality, inclusivity and diversity.

Working within FACT’s Exhibitions team, the postholder will devise and deliver public programmes for a variety of youth and adult audiences, both physical and online, that respond to and expand upon the exhibitions, residencies and learning projects taking place at FACT, encouraging audiences to build connections between the different parts of FACT’s programme.

FACT has a strong history of partnerships with universities, industry and community organisations. This new post will develop collaborations with individuals and institutions that respond to the ambitions of the programme and artists. This may lead to events and publications that share and develop the knowledge produced from this work, as well as joint initiatives such as research residencies, building a cultural conversation, especially around science and technology.

FACT is committed to supporting emerging practice through residencies and talent development initiatives. The post holder will support the Programme team in developing and delivering training opportunities for artists, curators and researchers working in residence at FACT.

FACT’s key research interests reflect our expertise and priorities as a cultural institution. These are:

  • Intersections of Art, Science, Technology and Society – art’s role in examining and mediating science and technology in society (both in our everyday lives and as an industry), and the use of scientific tools and emerging technologies (including robotics and AI) in artistic and cultural production.
  • The Future of Moving Image Art & Cinema - live, immersive, interactive, online, activist, cross-artform.
  • Tomorrow’s Artists, Citizens and Audiences – engaging young people in the creation and enjoyment of art and ideas, and cultural responses to societal conditions.

FACT’s 2020 programme The Living Planet has dealt with themes including climate change, ecology, and community building. This leads us directly into our 2021 programme, which will focus on questions around migration, and its significance to us both as a species, and our personal understandings of race and identity.

Main Responsibilities

Public Programme

  • Work within the Exhibitions teams to devise, commission and deliver a programme of physical and online talks, performances, workshops, conferences and resources that extend and broaden access for audiences to FACT’s annual programme themes, including its exhibitions, residencies and learning projects.
  • Work with the Programme team to develop ideas which respond to and expand the research of the Exhibitions and Learning teams, creating new lines of enquiry as well as establishing connections to wider cultural, social, political and educational contexts, sharing this work publicly and demonstrating FACT’s sector leadership.
  • Support Residency artists and researchers with personalised professional development opportunities including internal talks and seminars, studio visits and professional development training. Create public events for the sharing of residency outcomes.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with local organisations, research centres, and communities that align with the creative programme and build new audiences from a range of cultural and educational backgrounds.
  • Work with Marketing and Communications to identify key moments aimed at building specific audiences, using specific platforms, provide content necessary for publications, web, email, signage and gallery guides.
  • Give talks and tours of exhibitions, and host and moderate events as necessary.
  • Assist residents with disabilities or additional needs to create an access doc (https://www.accessdocsforartists.com/) and ensure access requirements are met.
  • Develop new networks to expand the reach of FACT’s activities.
  • Coordinate support for the delivery of events, contracting technicians, ushers and other freelancers or suppliers, and work with Front of House teams on audience engagement.

Advocacy and Organisational Relationships

  • Develop and maintain key relationships with Liverpool’s artist communities and film and creative sector, FACT’s university partners, and international residency partners.
  • Maintain internal and external documentation and advocacy for residency artist activity (online, in reports, at events).
  • Represent and promote FACT at external events and networks, and be an advocate for the organisation’s programme.

Management and Evaluation

  • Manage contracting and payment of all contributors to the public programme, and secure licenses and permissions as necessary.
  • Ensure all work meets FACT’s operational, health and safety, equality and diversity and safeguarding policies.
  • Document, monitor and evaluate audience and participant/contributor experiences within programme activity including long term impact beyond their work at FACT.
  • Deliver programme working within the agreed budget and maintain live expenditure logs.
  • Contribute to quarterly reports on Public Programme activities for the Board of Trustees.

How to Apply

Please download the full Job Description and Monitoring Form below.

To apply, please send a covering letter, CV and completed Monitoring Form to recruitment@fact.co.uk.

Closing date: Monday 5 October 2020 at midnight.

Image: The Liverpool Complaints Choir perform at FACT in 2019. Photo by Amina Bihi.