Artist Facilitator for Somerset: Engaging Libraries Project


Deadline Wednesday 13 December 2017

Fee circa 4K

Project Brief:

We are looking for an artist facilitator to lead on the following elements of the project:

  • To work with a group of young-adults/adults with learning disabilities or autism to help re-design their local library. We would like them to re-design their library not simply as a library but as a community space which could offer all sorts of services.

  • For the re-design, we want to encourage participants to not only think about how the space should look, but also what services are provided and how we provide these services.

  • The re-design should take a physical form that can be displayed for the public to see. A large space in the library will be available to do this, and the more engaging the display, the better!

  • The final display should form a simple exhibition which explains the thinking and journey behind it. Somerset Libraries will be able to assist with this by talking to participants and helping to produce display boards that reflect these conversations. We plan to hold an open evening to showcase the displays and to invite discussion around the design.

  • We are also keen for additional ideas on engaging with the wider community on the subject of learning disabilities and the inclusivity of public spaces within Somerset Libraries. Any ideas for general community engagement will be welcomed.

  • There will be an opportunity to hold a preliminary workshop for participants and library staff, which we would like the artist facilitator to lead on. The purpose of this will be to build-up communication and relationships between all parties involved, and could take any format that the facilitator thinks would be beneficial.

Other useful information

  • In addition to the re-design, participants will also be taking part in 'takeover days' where they will be volunteering and helping to run the library. This will happen before the redesign and the purpose is to allow them to understand more about how libraries work and to provide inspiration for what could be changed.

  • A short film will also be made to document the project. It will be filmed and produced by volunteers with learning disabilities, who will be trained and supported by Somerset Film. This will hopefully be included as part of the public exhibition.


Key Information:

Locations: TBC but will be within the county of Somerset. We anticipate there will be two library settings.


Timeline (exact dates TBC):

Mid-March: Preliminary Workshop

Late March - Mid-April: Takeover Days

Late April - June: Library Re-Design

July: Public Exhibition


Fee: Circa £4k (inc. travel) per library space. Please provide a budget detailing your fees/materials for your proposal.


Travel: Please ensure that you would be able to deliver the project in potential locations throughout Somerset with your own means of transport and that your travel costs are included in your proposal budget.


To apply for this role please send a CV and a statement including:

  • Your previous experience of working with people with learning disabilities and/or autism

  • Your ideas to address the project brief

  • The challenges of the project and the barriers to participation you anticipate and how you will address these

  • A draft budget for the project (please be clear whether the budget is for one or both settings) 

Submit your application to by 12pm Wednesday 13th December


We are open to receiving applications from individual artists or collectives and for one or both of the locations.

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