Plymouth Art Weekender Festival Coordinator role

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Deadline Monday 20 May 2019

Fee £10,500
Interview Date w/c 27th May 2019

Plymouth Art Weekender Festival Coordinator role

Contract: Freelance Contract

Annual Fee: £10500


(1st June 2019 – 31st Nov 2020)

Accountable to: Visual Arts Plymouth CIC and  PAW Steering Committee


Job description

Visual Arts Plymouth CIC (VAP) have successfully delivered four Plymouth Art Weekenders and have secured funding to run two more events in 2019 (27-29th September) and 2020 (dates TBC) including an annual budget of for five public art commissions for the festival, plus Plymouth Platform mentoring programme and seed-funding for four projects.

More information on VAP:

VAP are seeking an experienced producer to deliver the next two Plymouth Art Weekenders, including the public art commissions, and on securing the festival’s future after 2020.  

Plymouth Art Weekender (PAW) will be part of ambitious cultural programme in  the lead up to Mayflower 400 and the opening of the £34 million History Centre in 2020 , as well as building on the success of event to date. The 2017-18 events were funded under the Arts Council England’s Horizon programme, an ambitious, collaborative visual arts project, in which Visual Arts Plymouth delivered over half of the cultural programme, through Plymouth Art Weekender (PAW) and public art commissions, as well as facilitating significant community engagement and delivering the skills and talent development programme (through workshops and our mentoring programme, Plymouth Platform) for artists and producers.


Plymouth Art Weekender:


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As Plymouth Art Weekender (PAW) coordinator, you will manage a dedicated Festival Assistant, Marketing Officer, Administrator & Community Engagement Producer, as well as oversee the work of Event Assistants and Volunteers who will work over the Weekender itself. You will work closely with the VAP board of directors, VAP activators within the  PAW working group, the VAP finance working group and the VAP marketing and outreach groups to facilitate the delivery and evaluation of both events as well as enhancing the capacity of the visual arts sector and audiences across the city. You will also work with VAP Activators on securing the future of PAW, by increase VAP’s capacity for attracting sponsorship for the event and by fundraising to continue your role beyond 2020.  


You will need to be flexible and adaptable, in terms of your approach to working, and be comfortable with lone and home working. You will also need to be able to attend frequent meetings in Plymouth (at least monthly).

Please note, that this is an 18 month role and there will be periods of intensity in terms of activity, especially in the lead up to PAW19. Given the short lead in time we will prefer candidates who can start as soon as possible. We are happy to consider job sharing.


For full details of the job role expectations and experience required, please visit


To apply, please send your full CV, two references and a covering letter, setting out your experience and suitability for the role, by midnight 20th May, to:  

Rhys Morgan (Co-director and lead of the PAW working group)  at [email protected]

Please use Subject Heading “PAW Festival Coordinator application”

The closing date is Midnight 20th May

Interviews will be held week commencing 27th May


Plymouth Art Weekender is supported by Arts Council England, The Box, Nudge Community Builders CIC, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth University, Plymouth Marjon University, Take A Part, KARST, Plymouth Culture, Ocean Studios & RIO, Plymouth Athenaeum, Plymouth School of Creative Arts, Duke of Cornwall Hotel and Contemporary Art Membership Plymouth CIC


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