Recruitment of an Artist / Facilitator

Ligoniel Ballysillan Upper Ardoyne Building Peace through the Arts –

Re-Imaging Communities Recruitment of an Artist / Facilitator

 

The project is the result of collaboration between Ligoniel Village Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership and Ballysillan Upper Ardoyne Neighbourhood Partnership. The two partnerships have been regularly engaging by means of a joint forum and this project is an expression of the desire to continue to build relationships and to work together to deliver outcomes that are beneficial to each individual area and to Upper North Belfast as a whole.
The aim of the project is to increase collaboration and build relationships between the communities, to promote inclusion, challenge discrimination and to focus on commonality.  The consultation will target younger and older people through working with schools, statutory, voluntary, community, and youth and church groups where applicable. The project will consider common threads regarding local history and interests and identify a common theme.
We welcome bids from collaborating artists and peace building facilitators.

THIS WORK IS PART OF THE FIRST STAGE OF A PUBLIC ART PROJECT. THE OUTCOME WILL BE A REPORT COLLATING INFORMATION FOR INCLUSION IN THE BRIEF FOR A NEW PUBLIC ARTWORK.

Interviews will take place on the week of the 23rd March, applicants should keep this available. The selection panel will consist of

1 Representative, Ligoniel Improvement Association / Ligoniel
2 Representative, Ballysillan Community Forum / Ballysillan
3 Representative, Upper Ardoyne Community Partnership / Upper Ardoyne
4 Representative, Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The remit of the facilitator and/or artist will be to:

• creatively engage with key groups and individuals;
• focus on the specific local issues referred to in the funding application and assist in the peace-building process;
• investigate potential, relevant themes for the artwork (in keeping with the project objectives)
• oversee monitoring and evaluation of workshops;
• investigate potential sites, ascertain all the considerations to inform the development of a brief for the public artwork, including planning permission and requirements, land ownership and any other technical considerations.
• the facilitator and/or artist will produce a report (using the approved template) of findings, with recommendations, and present to the local project steering group. This report will include: potential themes for artwork, investigation of potential sites, outcomes of the workshops / consultations; monitoring and evaluation of participants and any relevant considerations informing the development of the brief.

All appointments will be made by separate open competitions, being appointed as a facilitator will preclude an artist from being considered to produce the public artwork.

Timeframe

• Consultation workshops will commence by 30th March 2015 and will be completed by end of 17th April 2015
• Presentation of report to steering group by  22nd April 2015

The Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities Programme themes are community cohesion, regeneration through the arts, positive relations at the local level, peace and reconciliation, connecting communities.

For more information on the programme including the guidelines refer to the link below.

http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/the-arts/visual-arts1/re-imaging-communities

Submissions must include the following elements:

Applicant details: i.e. up to date CV of relevant skills and qualifications. Provide at least 3 examples within the last 3 years of your ability to facilitate creative community engagement and detail your experience of preparing and presenting reports. Please provide references from 2 previous groups you have worked with.

1. Methodology:

(a) Outline how you propose to promote the consultation & engagement process to the relevant stakeholders of the community in the Ligoniel Ballysillan Upper Ardoyne Neighbourhood Renewal Areas
(b) Outline the creative consultation techniques that you plan to employ to promote engagement around the issues in the workshops. Please note participants are likely to come from diverse backgrounds and have a wide range of abilities. The outcomes of the workshops will inform the content of the brief for the public artwork. 
(c) Also outline how you would prepare and present a report of your findings from the consultation process to the steering group.

2. Budget/ Value for Money: The fee is £2,400 which includes artist fees, research costs, report costs and travel. A further £700 is available for materials for the project – subject to receipted expenditure.  Please provide a breakdown of all costs inclusive of VAT. Arts Council of Northern Ireland will pay Artists’/facilitators fees up to £35 per hour or a maximum of £150 per day and travel expenses of 25.7p per mile

Assessment

Submissions should be marked Private and Confidential and will be assessed and scored using the framework below. Applications that do not demonstrate the requested level of experience will not be scored. Applicants must score at least 60% to be eligible for interview. The selection panel will shortlist up to 5 candidates for interview.

In order to be eligible for shortlisting you must demonstrate you meet the following PASS/FAIL Assessment criterion:

Cite at least 3 examples within the last 3 years of your ability to facilitate creative community engagement.

Please note that submissions will be subject to PASS/FAIL assessment by the panel and only those that PASS will proceed and be marked using the criteria below:

90% for methodology:

(a) Outline how you propose to promote the consultation & engagement process to the relevant stakeholders of the community in Ligoniel Ballysillan and Upper Ardoyne (30%)

(b) Outline the creative consultation techniques that you plan to employ to promote engagement around the issues in the workshops. Please note participants are likely to come from diverse backgrounds and have a wide range of abilities. The outcomes of the workshops will inform the content of the brief for the public artwork.  (50%)

(c)  Also outline how you would prepare and present a report of your findings from the consultation process to the steering group. (10%)
Please note that the steering group will agree the final methodology with the selected artist/facilitator(s).

Budget/ Value for money (10%) – (Please note: This contract will not be awarded solely on the basis of cost.) 

Please note that submissions that do not contain ALL the information requested will not be assessed.

Deadline for Submissions

Submissions should be marked Private and Confidential, Reimaging and sent to Kieran O’Reilly, Ligoniel Improvement Association, 148 Ligoniel Road BT14 8DT
By:  Thursday 19th March 2015 12pm

This project is part- financed by the European Union’s Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE III) managed by the Special EU Programmes Body; the Arts Council of Northern Ireland; and the International Fund for Ireland.