Arts Development Company (based in Dorchester, Dorset) Dorset Growth Hub
Developing the Visual Arts Marketplace (VAMP) Programme Coordinator
The Arts Development Company (TADC) was set up in July 2015 as an employee owned social enterprise and is registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC). The current staff are all former members of the Dorset County Council Arts Development Team. TADC exists to support, develop and promote arts, cultural and creative industries and to help make the sector sustainable. There is a recognition of the growing importance of arts, cultural and creative industries to the economy and their part in making Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole a more attractive place for creative businesses to start up or re-locate to.
TADC was set up to offer an independent service which is responsive to the needs of the sector it is serving and which has the flexibility to allow it to access sources of funding unavailable to a formal public sector body such as a local authority.
The creative sector in Dorset employs 3.1% of the total county workforce which matches the average for the South West but is below the UK average of 4.1%. It is recognized that the industry in Dorset needs support to create a flourishing economy.
TADC currently manages the following programmes of work
- A Creative Apprenticeship Programme offering apprenticeships and intern opportunities to over 20 young people across Dorset
- Delivery of a significant cultural tourism initiative bringing together hospitality organisations and arts and cultural facilities to develop a collaborative cultural tourism offer
- Support and development training for over 300 creative businesses in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole
- The management and development of the county’s key collaborative group – Dorset Arts Together (DAT) and the associated outcome hubs which deliver projects across Children & Young People, Arts & Environment, Access & Participation, Economy and Health & Wellbeing.
Working with the Dorset Growth Partnership, TADC has now secured Arts Council England funding through their Creative Local Growth Fund for a three year programme of business development for arts and cultural organisations in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. The Arts Council England award is contingent upon match funding being awarded from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The ERDF application has been submitted and a final decision on the award is pending. All appointments of the team to take the project forward will depend on the successful award of the ERDF funding. An answer on this is expected in July 2016.
Growth Hub partners include Wsx Enterprise, Silicon South, Bournemouth University, Dorset Chamber of Trade, Dormen and Outset.
This CLGF programme brings together four interconnected themes of
- business development for cultural tourism
- festivals which support the internal and external tourism economy
- business and market opportunities for visual artists and organisations
- enterprise, skills and investment opportunities for cultural organisations
Founded on solid mature partnerships, the project will maximise opportunities for rural/urban crossover to develop the customer base for both. The project will also bring together creative digital businesses and practitioner product development to drive economic growth through an enhanced cultural offer which evidence tells us attracts new business and new visiting tourists. Three major festival events and raising the value and profile of visual arts will provide action research for culture and tourism enterprises working together. Opportunities for early career creatives and action to diversify the workforce thread across the themes. The programme is underpinned by entrepreneurial and skills development and supported by an innovation think-tank creating new digital platforms to increase audience reach and involve new participants.
A short précis of the project is attached here at Appendix One.
To date we have recruited a Programme Manager and an Administrator (pending a final ERDF decision) and we are now looking to recruit two team members to deliver the Developing the Visual Arts Market Place (VAMP) aspect of the project. This job specification relates to the VAMP Programme Coordinator (F/t) post. On completion of recruitment the team will comprise
- A CLGF Programme manager
- An Enterprise Development Co-ordinator (F/t PAYE)
- A Culture and tourism Co-ordinator (0.5)
- A Co-ordinator for the Developing the Visual Arts Marketplace project (VAMP) (F/t PAYE)
- A business development coordinator for VAMP (0.5)
- An investment research worker (0.5)
- A cultural tourism research post (0.5)
- A programme administrator (0.5 PAYE)
All posts will be for three years which is the duration of the CLGF project. Some of these posts may be delivered by self-employed consultants but the key full-time posts will be on a PAYE basis.
The Visual Arts Marketplace Project (VAMP)
Phase one of the VAMP project has been delivered by independent consultants and an executive summary of the resulting report is attached to this spec. The full stage one VAMP report is available on.
The VAMP Programme co-ordinator will be the primary liaison person to develop and coordinate the work set out in the programme below working with the other team members, Growth Hub partners, artists and cultural organisations to ensure the delivery of the following programme of work.
Programmes that will see the development of:
- The expertise of visual arts sector professionals (directors, curators, producers, education, marketing and development workers)
- The critical understanding, national networks and business acumen of practitioners (artists and makers) and SMEs in the Dorset LEP visual art marketplace.
1. Senior Talent Mentoring & Organisational Partnership
It is vital for the future health and sustainability of the Dorset contemporary visual art marketplace to foster strong leadership and skilled management at all levels across organisations in the Dorset LEP area.
2. Producer Network
A new Producer Network will bring together art sector professionals from curating, project management, education and promotion; including both institutional and freelance curators, that will offer networking and business growth opportunities and increase access to, and familiarity with, national networks in accordance with ACE’s goal to ensure ‘The leadership and workforce in the arts, museums and libraries are diverse and appropriately skilled.’
1. Professional Development Programme
There is currently no ongoing professional development programme for artists and makers in Dorset of the equivalent to national benchmark schemes such as Extra Special People, run by Eastside Projects in Birmingham, and Spike Associates, run by Spike Island.
2. Developing emerging talent
A strategic partnership will be explored with our Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to create direct employment and funded training links through internships for graduates with national quality programming organisations and visual arts marketplace industries.
The VAMP programme coordinator will need to ensure that the above is delivered collaboratively and productively as well as co-ordinating and sometimes leading the key steering groups for the project. The coordinator will work with the VAMP business skills development appointee to ensure that a full programme of business skills development and training is delivered across the LEP area. The programme co-coordinator will also be responsible for ensuring that key reporting and other obligations are met in order to secure the ERDF and Arts Council England funding.
All PAYE staff will be employed by The Arts Development Company (TADC). TADC is an employee owned Public Service Mutual (PSM) with a strong commitment to collaborative working, ethical business development and social enterprise and all employees will be expected to commit to working with the TADC team to achieve these goals.
- Ownership, confidence and commitment to delivering an exceptional programme of work
- Team work and a collaborative ethos to ensure smooth running
- Negotiation skills and creativity
- A commitment to developing ideas and responding positively to other creative team members
- Building and maintaining existing strong relationships with visual arts organisations and partners
- Efficiency and organisational ability to ensure that obligations are met to secure the project funding
Experience, Knowledge and Skills
- Experience of the visual arts sector and business development
- Experience of team work and a commitment to equitable team structures
- Good communication skills
- Attention to detail
- Strong organisational skills
- Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
- Confidence in dealing with individuals at all levels
- Enjoy being part of a team as well as the ability to work alone and take responsibility
- Strong interest in the creative industries, cultural development and business skills.
- Hard working, flexible and comfortable working in a demanding environment
- Confidence in suggesting new ideas and ways of working
- Reliability with an ability to adapt to developing circumstances
- Hands on approach and a willingness to help other members of the team when required
£30,500 per annum. The role is full time (37 hours per week) with flexibility required to work some evenings and weekends. TADC operates a flexible working policy which enables employees to take reasonable time off in lieu. Some travel across the county and beyond will be required.
Applications will only be accepted electronically.
Please send an up to date C.V. and a covering letter (no more than 2 sides of A4) explaining why you would be suited to the post. In your letter you should pay particular attention to the key deliverables and the required skills and explain how your experience to date addresses these.
Your applications should be emailed to
Please mark your application VAMP programme coordinator application in the subject box.
Applications must be received by
5.00 p.m. On Thursday 23rd June
Applications received after this time will not be read.
Interviews will be held on Thursday 7th July in Dorchester (all day). We will endeavour to let you know if you are being called to interview by Thursday 30th June at the latest.
If you have any queries about this job specification please ring
Mike Hoskin on 01305 224937