Wednesday 17th January 2018

Professional Development Opportunity for Women in the Arts

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We are recruiting a group of 7 women artists or producers in performing or visual arts who will support each other’s professional development for a period of 18 months. Are you a woman at a critical point in your working life? Is collaboration and co-production central to your practice? We want to hear from you.

Over the next two years Heart of Glass, idle women and Anu Productions are working together on a programme entitled ‘Helen’. Helen will create immersive and explosive art experiences focused on women. You can find more information about the programme here: http://www.heartofglass.org.uk/project/helen/.

‘Helen’ is influenced by the work of historian feminist Silvia Federici whose extensive research into the mechanisms of the historical European witch-hunts provides analysis on today’s systematic violence against women. Prior to the end of 17th century, the word ‘gossip’ meant ‘women-friends’, and did not carry the derogatory meaning it has today. At this time women shared much of their lives and work with other women. Women co-operated with each other.

‘Helen’s Gossips’, our talent development programme, will seek to recapture this way of working. We want women from different stages of their careers to come together and collaborate as the basis for progression. There will be no hierarchies, and expertise will be shared by an array of voices, with the aim of creating new, collective solutions which can move us all forward. We are committed to improving diversity in the sector and bringing together different women’s experiences.

 

As a result, we want to ensure that this opportunity works for women of colour and/or those who are D/deaf or disabled. 4 out of 7 of places will be allocated to women who are not currently represented properly in the arts sector.

We want to recruit 7 women to join our council, ‘The Gossips’. Women will commit to approximately 6 development days between March 2018 and June 2019, these development days will be in St Helens. We will agree dates collectively. At the beginning of the programme, we will design the content of our approach collaboratively. The sessions will be supported by Mojisola Adebayo and Sarah Bailey, both women with extensive experience of learning in the arts. We will make bursaries available to those who cannot undertake this as part of of their existing employment. This will be between £600 and £1000 and will be agreed following selection.

To express your interest, please send us a copy of your CV and a brief proposal (1-side of A4) telling us about your career to date, how you approach collaboration within your work, and why this opportunity would be helpful to you now. Any women who are unsuccessful will be informed at a later date about opportunities for involvement in other parts of the programme.

Applications and any questions should be sent to Sarah Bailey on sarah@heartofglass.org.uk.

The deadline for applications is Monday 5th February 2018. We are grateful for support from Arts Council England, St Helens Council and Liverpool City Council.