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OPPORTUNITY: Freelance Contract – Project Coordinator, Cultural Connectors

University of Southampton Arts Ambassadors with Sir Nicholas Serota at the opening of Studio 144, 2018

Invitation to Tender

Freelance Contract: Project Coordinator, Cultural Connectors 

Timescale: April 2022 – March 2023
Budget: Up to £8,400 based on 42 days over 12 months, average 3.5 days per month, inclusive of VAT and expenses
Deadline: Friday 25 March, 5pm
Interviews: 11 – 13 April 2022 (virtual or in Southampton)

Brief

We are seeking a freelance contractor to join the Connecting Culture project team as Project Coordinator, responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the Cultural Connectors young people’s programme of creative research traineeships and cultural leadership development.

Working with a variety of project partners, artists and specialists, the contractor will be responsible for the delivery of a diverse range of objectives over the 12 month programme, including recruitment for participants aged 16-25 years and coordination and facilitation of activity.

The contract requires effective project coordination, administration, communication, monitoring, safeguarding and evaluation.  

Full the full freelance brief, including information on how to tender, download below.


Deadline: Tenders must be submitted by Friday 25 March 2022, 5pm. Please email your response with subject ‘Cultural Connectors Tender’ to connectingculture@soton.ac.uk.

Consultancy interviews will be held between 11 – 13 April 2022 either in person at a central Southampton venue or via Microsoft Teams, subject to public health regulations at the time.

Creative workshop programme undertaken to find out what 600 of Southampton’s children and young people have to say about culture

A student at Mount Pleasant Junior School in Bevois, Southampton, with their Arts Award Discover 

The Connecting Culture research project, led by the Arts and Culture team at University of Southampton and supported by Arts Council England, has reached the end of its ambitious ‘Creative Consultation’ programme of artist-led creative workshops held with children and young people in Southampton. With children at the heart, the research explores the question of how Southampton’s thriving Cultural Quarter can enrich their lives as a future creative hub.  

A total of 25 workshops took place at 15 schools and youth settings across the city, with around 600 of Southampton’s young people taking part. All participants earned themselves an Arts Award Discover certificate for their efforts and, at a special presentation at Mount Pleasant Junior School, certificates were awarded to around 70 of their year 6 students.

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Reflections from Paige Michel-Strachan on her role as Digital Marketing and Project Assistant


By Paige Michel Strachan

Hey everyone! It’s me again. My temporary role as Digital Marketing and Project Assistant with the Arts at University of Southampton team has unfortunately come to an end (how time flies when you’re having fun!). A sad but simultaneously sweet occasion. I have thoroughly enjoyed doing communications for the Connecting Culture project and Southampton Cultural Educational Partnership (SCEP). Promoting access to arts and creativity for children and young people in Southampton has been an invaluable opportunity that has helped me grow personally and professionally.

The reason I loved doing this role is because it encompasses all the 5 C’s – communications, content, creativity, community and culture!

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Ambitious programme of creative workshops for 1000 young people begins

Workshop pack designed by artist Faye Phillips

The Connecting Culture research project, led by University of Southampton, has launched its ambitious ‘Creative Consultation’ programme of artist-led creative workshops for children and young people in Southampton.

Following delays caused by Covid-19, the first workshops took place at Polygon and Bitterne Park Primary schools in the first week of May, and ultimately around 1000 children and young people from across the city are set to take part. 

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Introducing Sarah Girling, Creative Consultation Coordinator

Meet Sarah Girling, Creative Consultation Coordinator for the Connecting Culture project. Sarah is a freelance Cultural Education Consultant, working with schools, arts organisations and artists, a job she thoroughly enjoys.

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Interviewing the Connecting Culture Artist Facilitators #3: Nazneen Ahmed

In the final edition of our mini-series, in which we’re getting to know the artist facilitators who will be running our Creative Consultation workshops, we meet Nazneen Ahmed, creative writer and educator.

Our Digital Marketing and Project Assistant, Paige, caught up with Nazneen to gain more of an insight into her views on creativity and creative writing, and of course her plans for the Connecting Culture workshops.

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Interviewing the Connecting Culture Artist Facilitators #2: Faye Phillips

Meet Faye!

In the second of our interview series, in which we’re getting to know the artists who will be facilitating our Creative Consultation workshops, we meet Faye Phillips, visual artist and educator.

Paige, Digital Marketing and Project Assistant, caught up with Faye and quizzed her on the big questions about creativity and art, as well as her plans for her Connecting Culture workshops.

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Interviewing the Connecting Culture Artist Facilitators #1: Natalie Watson

In order to get to know the Artist Facilitators that will be running our Creative Consultation workshops, we have interviewed each of them to gain an insight into their practice, their roles in the Connecting Culture project and to hear their advice for aspiring young creatives.

First up we have Natalie Watson, contemporary dance artist, who works collaboratively with a variety of arts organisations to create accessible dance for all. We hope you enjoy the video!

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Introducing Connecting Culture

FuzzyLogic Youth Company performing The Beast. Image courtesy of ZoieLogic Dance Theatre.

By Paige Michel-Strachan

Connecting Culture is an innovative, cross-sector project, led by University of Southampton. In my first (on-topic!) blog as Digital Marketing and Project Assistant, I’m going to summarise this huge creative project for you in just a few short paragraphs. Here goes…

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Introducing Paige Michel-Strachan, Digital Marketing and Project Assistant

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you enjoy! 

Paige Michel-Strachan has joined the Arts at University of Southampton team in a temporary role as Digital Marketing and Project Assistant. Paige is going to be helping out on the Connecting Culture project and with the Southampton Cultural Education Partnership with content creation, communications and much more! 

We caught up with Paige to find out a bit more about her – her background, inspirations, hopes and dreams! 

Read on to find out more.

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