Independent Evaluator for Surf The Wave

Pavilion Dance South West is launching a major dance project that aims to fundamentally change dance touring and showcasing in the UK.

Surf the Wave will be hosted between 2017 and 2020 by Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW), with a national showcase in May 2019 in Bournemouth and Poole.  85% of Surf the Wave costs are supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund, the Jerwood Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.   Surf the Wave will be delivered in three phases, starting with an eighteen month programme of talent development and artist support involving artists, producers and promoters (including those new to dance) around the country. Then there is the Showcase itself.

After the Showcase, there will be a year’s programme of touring and development support. It is a major project for the dance community in the UK and the future of showcasing dance in the UK. We are looking for someone who has an understanding of the context and who brings proven experience of evaluating large, multi-partner arts programmes.


Terms: This is a contract for services for an independent evaluator(s) until August 2020. The contracted individual(s) or company will be responsible for paying their own tax and national insurance.

Expenses: To cover accommodation and travel up to an agreed level of expenditure each year.

Fee: There is a total budget of £16,000 to include VAT. Payment will be made in instalments, to be agreed with the Evaluator in response to the evaluation schedule and milestones.




How to apply

Expression of Interest

If you are interested in this contract, please contact Sheila Creevey, Surf The Wave ProjectDirector/Head of Performance at PDSW for an informal chat and to find out more

E: | Tel. 01202 203634

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Selection Process

Please send an Expression of Interest.

This should include :

- proposed way of working

- mechanisms for collecting data to show if we have achieved the 3 key aims

- timeline with milestones

- budget

- CV

- Equality Monitoring form to with the subject title “Evaluation EOI”


Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 5pm, Sunday 19 November 2017