Call for artists

RWA Freelance Artist Facilitator (The Wild Escape School Workshops)

The RWA is recruit­ing an artist facil­i­ta­tor to deliv­er a series of work­shops with pri­ma­ry aged chil­dren lead­ing to a col­lab­o­ra­tive art work.

23:59 14/02/23
Contact Name
Ellen Pye
TERM: March-April 2023 (specific dates tbc)
FEE: £900
Meetings (£100)
2-hour workshops for 4 School Groups (4 x £150 to include delivery, planning & preparation)
One day to construct collaborative piece (£200)
There is a separate materials budget for this project

RESPONSIBLE TO: Head of Learning and Engagement
LIAISON WITH: RWA Learning and Participation team, wider RWA staff team, primary school staff and primary school pupils

The Wild Escape is a project created by Art Fund that aims to unite hundreds of museums and schools in a celebration of UK wildlife and creativity.
The Wild Escape invites primary school children (ages 7-11) to find a favourite animal in their local museum and create an artwork imagining its ‘escape’ back to its natural habitat.
At the RWA we are inviting school groups into the gallery to explore the building, galleries and artworks in our permanent collection. The artist facilitator’s role is to lead workshops with four different school groups inspired by imagery of animals that they have found. These workshops will conclude in a collaborative art work to be displayed on the RWA forecourt on Earth Day Weekend (22nd-23rd April).
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Purpose of role:
To deliver a set number of workshops that:
1.Enable primary school children and teachers to feel welcomed and valued at RWA
2.Inspire and encourage pupils with barriers to learning or creative opportunity to engage with creativity and the natural world
3.Are consciously designed to limit the carbon footprint of the project
4.Result in a collaborative artwork that can be displayed on the RWA forecourt

The post holder will also be required to assist with the evaluation of the project and to adhere to RWA safeguarding policy. Post holders will be supported at workshops by an RWA Learning and Participation volunteer or member of staff.

Person Specification:
- Clear, confident and warm communicator
- Imaginative ideas generator to create workshops that lead to a final collaborative art work
- Experience of leading workshops for primary age children
 Awareness of how to facilitate workshops to individuals with mixed abilities
- Happy to set up and clear down workshop spaces
- Willingness to travel to local primary schools

- Understanding of how to evaluate and monitor the environmental impact of a project.
- Experience of collecting feedback and data for evaluation

Positive recruitment for diversity:
RWA recognises that each of us bring our experiences, our backgrounds and our own unique perspective to what we do. You may not have worked in a cultural organisation before but perhaps you have relevant experience in a different setting? We believe our work will be stronger with greater diversity and welcome applications from those who bring balance to our team.

We therefore welcome applications from people with characteristics currently under-represented on our staff team and will offer an interview to those who meet all the Essential Criteria in the Person Specification and are global majority or mixed heritage; identify as non-binary, trans and/or LGBTQ+; have a recognised disability or are neurodivergent. If you qualify for priority interview arrangements please state this in your expression of interest.

To apply:

Please send an expression of interest outlining why you would like this role and your relevant experience (max 300 words) to Ellen Pye, Learning and Participation Assistant -

If you have any questions about the role or application process please send them to the same address.

Deadline: Midnight 14th February 2023

Interviews: W/C 20th February 2023. Informal conversation via Zoom or in person with the RWA Learning Team

Role will commence: 6th March 2023

Terms and conditions of appointment:
The appointment is subject to the freelancer having a clear DBS check and two satisfactory references.