Seeking Freelance Arts Organiser

Job title: Freelance Arts Organiser
Location: UK with travel to London
Fee: £200/day for 20 days between April and November
Deadline for applications: 12 noon on Wednesday 29 March

Role: We are looking for an arts organiser, based anywhere in the UK, to work with us on a short-term, freelance basis. The organiser will assist with commissioning artists to create work in response to a research project on debt and colonialism, in addition to helping curate the artwork and assisting with a launch event.

Right now, 54 countries are in debt crisis. This is not an accident. For centuries, powerful governments, institutions and corporations have used debt to control and plunder the resources of countries in the global south for their own gain.

From colonial powers forcing countries into debt at the point of independence, to allowing corporations like BlackRock to continue to make huge profits from debt repayments today, we can’t fight today’s debt crisis without understanding its roots.

As part of our work on debt and colonialism we want to give visual and performance artists based in, or with links to countries affected by debt a chance to respond to the topic in their own way, culminating in a public exhibition in 2023.

The purpose of the freelancer role is to recruit artists, commission art work, and helping to curate the exhibition and assist with running a launch event.

You will initially be responsible for creating a list of artists for us to consider, and pushing the artist brief out to ensure it is seen by as many relevant applicants as possible. You will then help select and brief the artists we choose to commission work from.

Once the work is created, you will assist the Project Manager in curating the work and with events management during the launch of the exhibition. You will also assist in ensuring that the event reaches key groups and organisations in the area the exhibition is hosted in.

Application process

For full details of the role please see the Terms of Reference document (.pdf).

To apply, please send a CV and brief one page covering letter/email, outlining:  

  • Why you’d like to work with us on this project 
  • How you meet the criteria in the skills and background section.
  • Your availability and the details of one referee.  

Please send this to application@debtjustice.org.uk by 12 noon on Wednesday 29 March. If shortlisted, we will arrange a short half hour informal interview, and if offered the role we will take up your reference.  

If you are considering applying and have any questions about the role, please contact application@debtjustice.org.uk

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