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The Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry (CCA) is seeking an individual to join the team as Gallery Assistant through the Jobstart scheme open to 16–24 year olds who are currently unemployed, not in education or training and not in receipt of benefits.

The Gallery Assistant will play a key part of the CCA team and will receive training to support CCA across a range of duties, including duty managing the CCA building and creating a safe and welcoming environment for all visitors to CCA. As the front of house and representative of CCA, a polite, professional and friendly demeanour is essential to the role. There will be some lone working and a practical approach to keyholding, operations, health and safety and willingness to communicate with a wide range of audiences about contemporary art is essential.

The Gallery Assistant will support the CCA team as required including researching and assisting across marketing, public programmes and administration including stock-taking. They will receive on-the-job training in art handling during exhibition changeover and building management.

SALARY: 16/17yrs £5.28, 18/20yrs £7.49, 21/22yrs £10.18, 23/24yrs £10.42 per hour.

HOURS OF WORK: 25 hours per week: Wednesday 11:30am–18:30pm, Thursday 14:30–18:30, Friday 11:30am–18:30pm, Saturday 11:30am–18:30pm – there will be some flexibility with occasional evening and weekend events.

DURATION OF POST: 6 month post

PLACE OF WORK: CCA Derry~Londonderry, 10–12 Artillery Street, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6RG, offsite on occasion.

RESPONSIBLE TO: Director, Head of Public Programmes

HOW TO APPLY: JOBSTART IS OPEN TO 16-24 YEAR OLDS. If you are on UC contact your Work Coach via your Journal. If you are in receipt of JSA, IS or ESA phone a Work Coach on 0300 200 7807. If you are 16-24 years old, unemployed, not in education or training and not in receipt of benefits phone 028 90726788.

Please complete an Application form and return it to info@ccadld.org

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DEADLINE: 20 May 2024, 11:59pm GMT

Purpose of post:

  • Keyholding locking and unlocking CCA premises
  • Acting as front of house, first point of contact for the public and hirers; responding to enquiries and requests in appropriate, professional manner
  • Invigilate artwork; protecting fragile work from harm or theft, condition reporting
  • Cleaning when necessary
  • Undertaking visitor surveys as required
  • Collecting footfall data
  • Collating visitor information for reporting
  • Assisting with exhibition installation and deinstallation when required
  • Handling cash through donations and sales, cashing up and record-keeping
  • Assisting with the safety of staff and visitors in the gallery
  • Assisting with preparation and support during public events
  • Compiling schools workshop packs and maintaining Family Activity packs
  • Communicating the ideas behind artworks and events clearly to a wide range of visiting public
  • Assisting with research for exhibitions, funding applications, marketing, procurement and more.

Person Specification

ESSENTIAL

  • Experience of working with the public
  • Interest of working with visual arts exhibitions
  • Keyholding experience
  • Reliability and punctuality
  • Commitment to Equal Opportunities
  • Positive approach and demeanour, patient and calm under pressure
  • Excellent communicator, written and spoken

DESIRABLE

  • Experience using Microsoft Office and Adobe programmes
  • Experience of working in the charitable sector, community and voluntary organisations
  • Lone working experience
  • Arts education
  • Self-reliant team player, problem solving
  • Close attention to detail and professionalism
  • Additional spoken languages
  • Emergency first aid training

CCA x Jerwood = Supports is launching a new strand of application feedback sessions for artists. These will offer artists two hours of bespoke support for artists making applications that might require a range of material, such as CVs, artist statements, proposals, budgets, and support material. This opportunity is for artists who are not currently in any type of formal education who have begun their professional practice. These feedback sessions are for those based in or from the north of Ireland.

Throughout 2023, 30 slots will be available. 12 of these will be ring-fenced for summer, with the expectation that Arts Council of Northern Ireland will announce their annual support scheme for individual artists, whilst the remaining 18 will be spread throughout the year, with two 2-hour sessions available per month from March-December.


Whilst each artist and application will be different, the two hour slots could be broken down across two sessions as follows:

  • 30 minutes of initial reading, followed by 30 minutes of discussion between artist and reviewer

  • Then, some days later, 30 minutes of final reading and 30 minutes of further feedback

To book:

Please email Laura on supports@ccadld.org to book your slot. These will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis, so artists are advised to plan in advance. It is imagined that the feedback sessions will take place via Zoom, however, we will make any reasonable adjustments to accommodate access requirements.

Access:

We welcome and encourage applications from artists from marginalised backgrounds.

Should the artist and reviewer agree to meet in person, CCA Supports x Jerwood can support travel costs and any access requirements such as childcare. Applicants with access requirements applying for opportunities are warmly invited to email Laura on supports@ccadld.org to let us know of any access requirements you may have to reduce any barriers in making your application or participating in the programme.

Surgeries:

1-to-1 surgeries with CCA Director Catherine Hemelryk are also available for artists who want to chat about their work, or receive critical and practical advice. Booking information is available here.

Crit Group:

6 & 13 October 2023, 10am–12:30pm *This two-part crit is for those based in or from the north of Ireland.

For artists and creatives at any stage of their career who are trying something new. This opportunity is for artists who are not currently in any type of formal education who have begun their professional practice.

During the sessions, eight artists in total will share a piece of their work with the rest of the group. The session is facilitated by CCA Public Programmes Curator Laura McCafferty. Four artists present each week, with the rest of the group providing feedback through discussion. This is a platform for artists to receive feedback and the chance to generate a discussion around your work. Information about the crit and the Zoom link for this event will be sent to you in advance. A short break will be given halfway through the crit.

Tickets are now available from our online shop:

October CCADLD.org/shop


For any further information, contact us on supports@ccadld.org.

CCA x Jerwood = Supports is funded by Jerwood Developing Artist Fund and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

CCA Derry~Londonderry are seeking to invite new members to join its Board of Directors.

Board membership requires a commitment to monthly board meetings, participation in sub-committees when necessary and occasional representation on behalf of the gallery, if required. Attendance at gallery events is encouraged. CCA board membership is both challenging and rewarding. Board members contribute their own specialist skills to ensure good governance, strategic development and the financial sustainability of CCA. They also have the opportunity to gain new skills and enjoy the privilege of being part of an exciting, innovative contemporary art gallery in the process.

CCA has a strong international profile and a mission to support emerging artists from our region. In 2021, the gallery was shortlisted for Art Fund's Museum of the Year prize; the largest prize of its kind in the world. Part of our mission is to engage with local and international audiences so they can experience inspirational contemporary art events. CCA operates through five programme streams: research and production, exhibition-making, Public Programmes, publishing, and residencies.

CCA is inviting candidates with an interest in contemporary art practice. The Board is made up of artists, arts professionals and those with expertise in business, law, accountancy, financial management, events management, and fundraising. Board members require good interpersonal and communication skills to assist in the smooth running of the board and to act as advocates for CCA.

CCA are currently seeking new Board members with skills in business, capital development, property law, fundraising, education, accountancy and financial management to complement the existing skills set of the current Board members. CCA is a not-for-profit organisation and the role of Director on the Board is voluntary.

Expressions of interest outlining relevant interests, professional affiliations, other Board memberships and skills should be sent to Joyce Cronin, Chair of the Board, together with a current CV to info@ccadld.org.

CCA has an shop (online and in the gallery) stocking our range of artists’ editions, publications, posters and more. We are planning to expand our selection to include limited runs of guest publications from Northern Ireland and beyond. By featuring new and diverse work in CCA’s shop, we will be able to bring our audiences’ attention to spectacular work using the book format by artists and others.

Before you can send your guest publication to us, please complete this form so that we can review it before we grant permission. We’ll be in contact with you once we have the information gathered by the form.

This opportunity does not have a deadline. You are welcome to apply at any time.

Artists with access requirements applying to CCA opportunities are warmly invited to email info@ccadld.org to let us know of any access requirements you may have to reduce any barriers in making your application.

CCA is looking for graphic designers and artists working with design and layouts to call upon for various upcoming projects.

If you are a graphic designer or artist and would like to show us your portfolio, please email your CV, Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, and a one page covering letter listing your skills, competencies, and achievements and names and contact details of two referees to info@ccadld.org with the subject heading 'GRAPHIC DESIGNER/ARTIST APPLICATION' or by post to:

Mel Bradley, Office Manager
CCA Derry~Londonderry
10–12 Artillery Street
Derry~Londonderry
BT48 6RG

This opportunity does not have a deadline. You are welcome to apply at any time.

Designers with access requirements applying to CCA opportunities are warmly invited to email info@ccadld.org to let us know of any access requirements you may have to reduce any barriers in making your application.

CCA is looking for ad hoc volunteers to get involved with various areas of CCA’s work including exhibition installation and research. Ad hoc volunteers are sometimes a one-off extra pair of hands for an event or a few days or weeks, depending on the needs of the project and the circumstances of the volunteer. Keep an eye on our website for information on how to apply in the coming months, if you are interested in getting involved longer-term.

As a volunteer you will receive instruction and guidance from CCA staff and will be trained to museum standards in whatever the task requires. We are looking for keen individuals with a passion for contemporary art and willingness to get involved; a desire to learn; professionalism; approachability and a positive attitude; a polite and patient demeanour; and good communication skills with a broad range of people from the general public to arts specialists.

If you would like to become an ad hoc volunteer, please send this form, your CV, and the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to info@ccadld.org with the subject heading 'CCA AD HOC VOLUNTEER APPLICATION' or by post to:

Mel Bradley, Office Manager
CCA Derry~Londonderry
10–12 Artillery Street
Derry~Londonderry
BT48 6RG

Download the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form:
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This opportunity does not have a deadline. You are welcome to apply at any time.

Volunteers with access requirements applying to CCA opportunities are warmly invited to email info@ccadld.org to let us know of any access requirements you may have to reduce any barriers in making your application.

We are looking to increase our roster of artists to lead inspirational workshops to explore ideas in creative ways as part of our Public Programmes. We run artist-led workshops for local schools and more, introducing ideas and creative practices to a wide range of constituents.

If you are an artist based in Northern Ireland and would like to join our roster, please email your CV, the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and a one page covering letter listing your skills, competencies, and achievements, and the names and contact details of two referees to info@ccadld.org with the subject heading 'ARTIST EDUCATOR APPLICATION' or by post to:

Mel Bradley, Office Manager
CCA Derry~Londonderry
10–12 Artillery Street
Derry~Londonderry
BT48 6RG

This opportunity does not have a deadline. You are welcome to apply at any time.

Artists with access requirements applying to CCA opportunities are warmly invited to email info@ccadld.org to let us know of any access requirements you may have to reduce any barriers in making your application.

Download the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form:
PDF
| Word doc