Kettle's Yard seeks experienced Arts Facilitators

Kettle's Yard seeks experienced Arts Facilitators to support the delivery of their Learning & Community Programme Click the bold heading to read the entire message

Kettle’s Yard is seeking creative and experienced Artist Facilitators to support the delivery of our Learning & Community programme over the forthcoming year.

Kettle’s Yard is the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery. Kettle’s Yard is a beautiful house with a remarkable collection of modern art and a gallery that hosts modern and contemporary art exhibitions.

The Learning & Community team at Kettle’s Yard is seeking to expand its pool of Artist Facilitators to support the delivery of its programmes. This is a hugely exciting time for the organisation as we lead up to welcoming visitors back to Kettle’s Yard following our major capital redevelopment. We are looking for talented Artist Facilitators to develop inspiring, challenging and exciting workshops and activities with a range of people in a variety of environments across Cambridge.

We particularly welcome applications from artists with skills and/or experience in a broad range of media, across and beyond the visual arts, and whose own practice incorporates elements of collaboration.

Kettle’s Yard engages with a wide range of participants: from the very young to the very old, within formal education and adult learners, people with specific access needs including learning and behavioural difficulties, young people learning outside mainstream education, people new to English, the local community and visitors to Cambridge.

Our Artist Facilitators will reflect the communities and participants who engage with Kettle’s Yard and we welcome applications from diverse cultural backgrounds, older artists and deaf and disabled artists.

This is an application to join a register of Artist Facilitators which does not guarantee paid employment. Artist Facilitators are assigned work according to skills, experience and links to their own artistic practice, as and when workshops and projects are required.

What we offer:

Kettle’s Yard pays our artists in accordance with guidance from a-n and Artists’ Union England. Fees range from £85 for a two-hour workshop to £200 for a full day workshop.

Kettle’s Yard also offers training and development opportunities.

What we expect from you:

– to work within our values and policies
– to plan and deliver sessions with the consideration of our audiences and connecting them with the themes and ideas of our collection, exhibitions, or specific project aims
-to provide session plans and material lists in a timely manner and supplying specialist materials or equipment if required
-to work with the Learning & Community Team to set and clear the spaces
– to have a clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check or be willing to undertake one
– to have valid public liability insurance – minimum £2 million
– to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK


Please supply:

  • A statement of no more than 300 words to include; information about you, your arts practice, relevant experience, specialisms and why you want to work with Kettle’s Yard.
  • A one page CV – please provide web links and a referee
  • Evidence of up to five examples (photographic or weblinks) of your arts practice and previous relevant learning engagement work/projects.

Deadline: Midnight, Thursday 1st June 2017

Please email your application to  with Artist Facilitator in the subject line. Late submissions will not be considered.

Applicants will be shortlisted and invited to attend a half-day introductory & welcome session on Tuesday 20th June.


Further information

The Learning & Community programme aims to extend the understanding and enjoyment of the collection, exhibitions and artist led projects at Kettle’s Yard. We offer opportunities for creative, hands on exploration and discussion based enquiry to enhance and enrich people’s engagement with art.

During the capital redevelopment at Kettle’s Yard we have continued to offer a range of high quality events and activities in collaboration with partners in cultural and community venues across Cambridge.

Notable projects include:

Working in partnership with Wysing Arts Centre, we have developed an exciting peer- led programme for 15 – 25 year olds with support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation as part of a national network for young people. Over the past four years Circuit Cambridge have programmed a variety of activities for other young people from workshops to festivals, and from training to exhibitions.

Open House is a long-term creative collaboration between Kettle’s Yard and communities in North Cambridge. Each year the community selects the Open House Artist in Residence who develops new artwork responding to and made with North Cambridge communities. Since 2015 Open House has engaged with over 5,000 people of all ages and backgrounds across North Cambridge.

Throughout 2016 and 2017 the Kettle’s Yard Learning team have been ‘in residence’ at local secondary school, North Cambridge Academy. Motion Tracks has been a key element of the residency which welcomed artist Johann Arens who created new artworks for the school building taking inspiration from the creativity of the students and their aspirations for their own learning and community.

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