Dorset Growth Hub
Developing the Visual Arts Marketplace (VAMP) Business Skills Development 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. More details of the project are available on request.
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 Business Skills Development Coordinator (p/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 report is available on
The role of the VAMP Business Skills development co-ordinator will be to work with the VAMP programme manager and other team members, Growth Hub partners, artists and cultural organisations to ensure the delivery of a business skills development programme within 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 business skills development coordinator will need to ensure that the business skills development and training programme is delivered collaboratively and productively in the context of the above programme as well as co-ordinating the key steering groups for the business skills aspect of the project. The 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 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 management 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
Salary: £25,000 per annum pro rata. The role is part time (18.5 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.
The Arts Development Company has been successful in bringing in funding from The Creative Local Growth Fund (CLGF). The value of the fund we are managing is £964,000. 50% of this has been funded by the Arts Council Creative Local Growth Fund and 50% by the European Regional Development Fund. The project is one of nine nationally funded projects.
Great news, but why? With the current and forecasted continuing austerity climate, the arts and cultural organisations need to change, and adapt to new ways of working. We need to become more sustainable which means not relying on public funding, but to become cannier. There is a need to learn from other successful models of income generation such as getting more business focussed yet without losing the integrity of the work.
What will the funding be for? We will be creating new jobs and helping the creative industries to increase their business know how. Over the next three years we will be helping small and medium sized enterprises across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole to employ more people by increasing trade and by diversifying in new exciting things which people want to buy into.
The grant we were awarded will:
- Encourage the tourism and cultural organisations to connect up. This will help tourists who want to also experience Dorset as a cultural destination, as well as seeing it as a countryside and sea side location. And in turn this will bring further income into the whole County. NB every £1 spent on cultural events in Dorset brings in £3 to the County.
- Support visual artists to learn about how to make a better income from their work. We will help them to develop business skills and to identify new ways of trading, opening up new markets and being opportunistic.
- Present three new excellent outdoor events on our World Heritage Site, The Jurassic Coast. These will be produced by 3 established Dorset and Bournemouth / Poole based festivals. We want to build on the success of the current festivals, and to increase their understanding of how to attract new audiences. To do this, we will be making sure that we are working closely with the Tourism people, so that more people from outside Dorset and within the county will get to hear about these fantastic events. We will also develop partnerships with businesses, in order to increase attendance, financial support and social impact.
- Work with arts and cultural organisations to develop new ways of bringing income to those organisations, with the knock on effect of bringing visitor and audience spend to the County and conurbation. We will therefore be supporting organisations to look at social investment, philanthropy and how their business can create new income rivers.
- Help young people/ emerging artists who are not getting enough experience or opportunities to work in the creative industries. We recognise that they need support to start up creative businesses and enterprises, as well as offering them the opportunities to learn the necessary skills needed to lead the work that the older generations in the arts and cultural organisations are currently doing. To put it dryly:‘Succession planning’ for the younger generations.
Who is leading on this project? The Arts Development Company will be managing the work and there will be a named contact lead for each of these projects from within the existing team or a new appointment to the team.
How will this be done? All of the above will be provided through training and skills development sessions, networking opportunities, one-to-one business advice sessions, conferences, practical project delivery and a limited number of grants and loans for business development.
What will I need to do to be part of this?
- Make sure you are kept well informed of the opportunities offered by the project by signing up for newsletters and attending appropriate network meetings.
- Make informed decisions as to whether what is on offer will work for your organisation
- Commit to providing timely and verifiable evidence of your participation in the project. We have to do this, as it is European funding and also we have this one big opportunity and we want to ensure it helps.
- Respect that this is a multi-partner project which may have tight deadlines for the provision of the above evidence. If deadlines are not met it will cause cash flow problems for the individual partners and possible reputational damage for the arts and cultural sector
- If you wish to take advantage of small business development grants (or loans) which may become available then you will need to provide verifiable evidence of attendance at a minimum of twelve hours of training sessions or one-to-one business sessions.
- If a grant or loan is an option then you will need to provide verifiable evidence that you are providing an equivalent amount of resource investment (time or money) through worksheets, contract, audited accounts or bank statement copies. You will also need to provide a written plan of how this investment is going to develop your business.
Who are the other partners? This work is part of a larger £15 million project involving several partners from the Local Enterprise Partnership and is being led by the Dorset Growth Partnership
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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