The Grainstore, dlr’s Youth Arts Facility, is owned and managed by Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown County Council. The Grainstore is a Grade 1 listed building situated beside Cabinteely House. Thanks to the effort of parents living in the area, it was developed into a local youth arts centre and as it grew in success Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council assumed responsibility for running the building; under their support it has continued to evolve and is now a vibrant, thriving hive of youth activities. The focus at the Grainstore is on arts and creative activities for children and young people.
Following a period of consultation, the Grainstore, dlr’s Youth Arts Facility, and CANVAS, the Grainstore’s youth arts committee, are entering a new phase of development of our youth arts programme. CANVAS are a youth arts committee based at the Grainstore, dlr’s Youth Arts Facility. Since August 2009 CANVAS have been exploring ways of developing creative projects for both themselves and their peers. They have organised gigs, exhibitions, film screenings and workshops. CANVAS is a voluntary committee of young people currently aged between 18 and 25 years. Every year, they run "The Long Road to Longitude" Battle of the Bands, where the winners get to play at Longitude. This is an exciting time for CANVAS as they develop a plan for continuity of their work and are closely involved with the current reimagining and development of the youth arts programme at the Grainstore. They wish to develop a programme of activity relevant to their age and experience and engage in succession planning through establishing a feeder programme to mentor new members age 16 - 18 years to take over CANVAS in the future.
We are seeking an experienced individual or company, with a passion for youth-centred arts practice, to facilitate the work of CANVAS in collaboration with the Grainstore Manager, CANVAS and other artists working on the programme. We require an experienced youth arts facilitator to creatively engage the members of CANVAS in designing an achievable programme of activity, working with artists and young people to achieve the following outcomes:
• Facilitate current CANVAS members in developing and delivering their current programme of events, including the music event “Long Road to Longitude”, in 2018
• Recruitment of a new pilot youth committee, aged 16 – 18 years; they will be mentored by current CANVAS members in this initial phase to become full committee members; designing and developing their own projects together and working on projects and events with the current CANVAS members
• Support CANVAS members to create opportunities for wider participation for young people in the youth arts programme at the Grainstore
• Build capacity among current CANVAS members for mentoring and leadership
• Establish formal and transparent structures for CANVAS to operate under that reflect their values and aspirations
• Establish progression routes into CANVAS for young people aged 13 – 16 years who attend other classes and workshops at the Grainstore
The individual or company will have:
• Strong experience of working creatively with young people in a range of contexts
• Experience of managing events or projects in an arts environment
• Up to date knowledge and experience of current safeguarding practice in relation to young people
• IT and technology expertise with proven experience of planning and creating social media content
• Proven ability to build creative relationships with communities and youth projects
• Interest in and understanding of different art-forms
• The ability to work on own initiative and guide projects towards completion
Fees and Projected Timeline*:
The timeline for engagement is February 2018 – June 2018 and will involve contact time occurring between 6 – 9pm on Wednesday with Canvas, the youth arts committee
The fees are €50 per hour for facilitation; there is an additional payment for research/administration and any meetings called by the Grainstore Manager.
*Please note that payments will be processed through the PAYE (payroll) system for taxation purposes for individuals (who do not have a registered company)
Successful applicants will be Garda Vetted under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2013.
Please apply in writing and include the following:
• Curriculum Vitae
• Two referees (must be related to youth arts or collaborative practice)
• Statement outlining your interest in the Grainstore Youth Arts Programme, your suitability for the role in relation to the above criteria, and the relevance of your work experience to date.
The closing date for submissions is Friday 26 January at 5pm.
Applications should be submitted by clicking on the 'Apply Online' button below and attaching CV.
Applicants will be appointed following a selection process, you may be called for interview. We reserve the right not to make a selection or to extend the call for applicants beyond the date outlined.