About the Arts Award:
The Discover at Home Arts Award is part of the Discover Arts Awards and will be delivered by BALTIC. Trinity College act as the Awarding Body for the scheme. The Discover at Home Awards is split into 3 parts:
For Part A you need to be able to pick out different art forms and take part in an arts activity.
For Part B you need to find out about at least one artist and their work.
For Part C you need to share what you have enjoyed and learnt as part of your Arts Award Discover at Home.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is an award-winning international art space situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead that has attracted over seven million visitors since opening in 2002. BALTIC’s vision is to create exceptional access to contemporary art in a unique setting that encourages and enables learning and transformational thinking. BALTIC presents a constantly changing, distinctive and ambitious programme of exhibitions and events, and is a world leader in the presentation, commissioning and communication of contemporary art.
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BALTIC is looking for a curator that thinks critically about global, social and cultural concerns through the lens of the local, with demonstrable experience of collaborating with artists, organisations and communities of geography, interest and circumstance.The Curator (Local) will curate projects, relevant to our constituents, local artists and communities. This will include seeking and nurturing partnerships with other organisations, locally, nationally and internationally, and working collaboratively as well as leading on BALTIC OPEN development and implementation.
We are seeking an experienced curator with significant curatorial experience and knowledge of responsive programming and performance. Someone, passionate about supporting the development of artists’ practice, with a strong interest in developing innovative approaches and tactics that engage online audiences, and a demonstrable commitment to the engagement and development of diverse audiences.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead is an international art gallery established in 1998. BALTIC’s admission is free and we are visited by people from the North East, the UK and overseas.
Our mission is to create greater understanding of the world through outstanding, experimental and inspiring contemporary art which has power, relevance and meaning for individuals and communities. We value inclusion, empathy and encouragement, we provide opportunity, inspiration and surprise.
Our programme of exhibitions and activities aims to expose and explore new ideas and fresh perspectives, triggering multiple points of view that are enriched through shared dialogue and alternative ways of seeing. This has the capacity to break down barriers, supporting individuals and communities to better understand and value each other at a local, national and international level.
BALTIC will use the next two years to reset and recover, to listen and test practice with constituents, partners, artists, staff and peers. As we transition further into organisational resilience, able to offer innovative perspectives on key and urgent issues in our communities and wider society, our practice will be developed using methodologies of care, equity, criticality, intersectionality, sustainability and playfulness. BALTIC’s programme will be developed in connection with the organisation’s research strands. These are key and urgent themes through which we seek to expand possibilities to see, perceive and engage with today’s realities: Black Histories, Indigenous Knowledge, Play, Politics of Food and Radical Ecology.
Collaboration is central to BALTIC’s curatorial practice by developing meaningful partnerships with local, national and international organisations with shared goals and interests, delivering a rich exchange of knowledge and expertise, and enhanced visibility for artists’ work beyond BALTIC’s audiences.
BALTIC’s Live Programme commissions and presents diverse artists working with performative practices. One of the key elements of the Live programme is CONTINUOUS, our partnership with Siobhan Davies Dance, launched in 2018. This is a unique partnership in the UK, developed in recognition of the need to grow the dialogue between contemporary dance and the visual arts. In 2019 we announced the expansion of our partnership to create the CONTINUOUS Network, which incorporates seven additional partners.
BALTIC’s Public Programme proposes a wide range of events that expand on ideas and themes developed in our exhibitions and projects. We seek to experiment and innovate with formats – in person and online – in order to promote inclusivity, critical thinking, creativity and equity of access for our diverse audiences. Through BALTIC’s partnership with Northumbria University and conversations with Newcastle and Durham University academics, the public programme connects with the world-class academic and scientific community of our region, giving visibility to outstanding research and innovative ideas.
Reports to: Head of Curatorial and Public Practice
Matrix Management: Head of Learning & Civic Engagement
Salary: £34,570 per annum
Working hours: Full time role (37h per week). Monday to Friday with occasional evening and weekend work compensated with time off in-lieu.
Place of Work: Your usual place of work will be BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead. Subject to PHE regulations due to Covid-19, home-working may be required for which BALTIC will provide a laptop and other necessary equipment in order to carry out the role.
Annual leave: You will be entitled to 25 days of paid annual leave and standard bank holidays.
Benefits: 30% discount at BALTIC’s shop and discounted menu at BALTIC’s Café/Bar.
Closing date for applications: Monday 16 August 2021, 9:00 BST
Interviews: Thursday 26 August 2021
How to apply
To apply, please complete the application form by Monday 16 August, 9:00 GMT.
Further to BALTIC's Equal Opportunities Statement here, your personal details from the Submittable form and your responses to the Equality Monitoring Questionnaire will not be seen by the shortlisting panel. This means we can make the selection based only on how you meet the requirements of the role.
We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries. We are committed to creating a team which is representative of our society, and to bringing together those with a variety of skills and experiences to help shape what we do and how we work.
Getting a Job at BALTIC – Guidance Notes for Applicants These notes are designed to help you participate fully in our staff recruitment procedures, and to assist you with providing all the information we need in order to understand how you meet the requirements of the job. Please read these notes carefully before completing the application form. BALTIC is one of Europe’s leading contemporary art organisations and provides a challenging and rewarding environment in which to work to fully develop your personal potential. If you like working with people, enjoy hard work, and welcome responsibility then you will be interested in working for BALTIC. These Guidance Notes will help you achieve your ambition.
Equal Opportunities Statement BALTIC is working towards achieving diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. BALTIC fully accepts and welcomes the fact that society consists of many diverse groups and individuals, and that this diversity is an asset to BALTIC. As an arts centre dependant for its success on the full involvement of users and visitors and as an employer, BALTIC recognises that it has a moral and legal responsibility to promote equal opportunities. In addition, BALTIC recognises that the pursuit of equality of opportunity is essential for a productive and professional working environment.
This policy states BALTIC’s commitment to being an equal opportunities employer and is an integral part of every aspect of our activities. It is based on the most recent legislation and represents BALTIC’s commitment to tackling inequality, discrimination and disadvantage. Our goal is equality of opportunity for everyone who uses, visits, works in and works for, BALTIC and we will provide services and develop employment practices accordingly. In particular, BALTIC is committed to making sure that:
- There is equality of opportunity in terms of access to BALTIC and its services, and that this reflects, and is appropriate to the needs of the diverse communities using and visiting BALTIC.
- Prospective and present employees are afforded equal and fair treatment in relation to recruitment, selection, terms and conditions of employment, training and promotion.
- BALTIC will work to actively combat discrimination and make sure that prospective or present employees, and those who wish to use and visit BALTIC, are not treated less favourably on the grounds of protected characteristics.
- BALTIC is committed to making sure that we provide equal opportunities in employment, and that we do not unfairly discriminate against any job applicant for any reason.
- Welcomes job applications from all sections of the community and will consider applicants for jobs on the basis of their relevant experience, qualifications, skills and abilities.
- Welcomes job applications from under-represented groups
- Will make sure that we do not discriminate unlawfully when we decide who to employ and that selection decisions for jobs are based solely on people’s merit and ability to do the job, to enable us to appoint the best people to work for BALTIC.
- Will make sure that any qualifications or conditions or requirements applied to a job are relevant and justifiable in terms of the job to be done.
- Aims to create a suitably skilled workforce that includes employees who may be under-represented.
- Will conduct regular monitoring data collation and analysis in order to identify and address barriers to equality of opportunity.
Application Form The purpose of completing this application form is to enable you to be shortlisted for interview. Completed application forms are matched against the requirements set out in the Job Profile to create a shortlist of candidates who will be invited for interview. You should study the Job Profile carefully before completing your application. Whether or not you are shortlisted for interview will depend on how well you can demonstrate that you meet the criteria listed in the Job Profile. The following tips are designed to help you complete the application form as effectively as possible:
Study all the information you have been sent about the job. Ensure that you are clear about what you are being asked to do. Make sure that your application is specific to the job you are applying for. Think about the extent to which you possess the experience, skills, knowledge and interests necessary to do the job. You should then provide relevant information which addresses all of the items in the Job Profile. If possible, try to do so in the order in which they are listed. Give examples of your experience, knowledge and skills and write in a positive way. Remember to write about those things which you have personally been responsible for. Select those aspects of your experience, skills and interests that are relevant to the job. Remind yourself of your qualities and skills that you may take for granted. Remember to consider relevant experience, knowledge and skills acquired outside of paid work – for example, experience gained from community or volunteer work, or in your leisure interests. When listing your previous jobs, ensure that dates are correct and in the right order, stating your most recent employment first.
If you have a disability which makes completing this application difficult or impossible, it is possible that the application can be completed in a different way. If you have such difficulties, please contact us.
Shortlisting Shortlisting will take place shortly after the closing date and is always undertaken by at least two people, one of whom will be the vacant job’s line manager. When shortlisting we are making an assessment of how closely your application meets the criteria set out in the Job Profile. We will go through your application in detail looking for specific evidence that you have the experience, knowledge and skills required to undertake the job successfully. It is unlikely that you will be selected for interview if you haven’t provided specific evidence, supported by relevant examples.
Interviews and Other Selection Methods The purpose of an interview is to identify the best candidate for the job. A panel of two or three people, including the job’s line manager, will normally interview you. The length of the interview will depend on the level of the post but, on average, it will last for about 30 to 60 minutes. For most of the time the interviewers will ask you questions which relate to the requirements listed in the Job Profile. At the end of the interview, you will be given some time to ask a few questions yourself. It is advisable to have a few questions already prepared. If you are short listed for interview, we will normally contact you by letter to invite you to interview. The letter will give full details of what the selection process will involve. In addition to an interview, BALTIC may also use other methods to help choose the best candidate for the job. Common selection methods include work related tests to examine your IT, organisational, team-working or presentational skills. For certain jobs you may be asked to give a short presentation. If additional methods are to be used you will be notified in advance, when we invite you for interview. If you have a disability and need any adjustment to be made in order for you to participate in the selection process, please contact us immediately on receipt of our letter inviting you for interview so that we can accommodate your needs.
Offers of Employment Offers of employment will only be made by a senior member of staff authorised to do so. All offers of employment are made subject to receipt of satisfactory references, successful completion of a probation period and where appropriate disclosure of information by the Disclosure and Barring Service (Police checks). Successful candidates are normally appointed at the first point of the salary range for the job.
Recruitment Monitoring Questionnaire Please complete the questionnaire section of the application form to enable us to monitor the effectiveness of our recruitment policy and processes, so that we can ensure recruitment and selection are carried out fairly. The information you provide will also help us to identify any barriers to recruitment. Your answers will be treated in the strictest confidence and used for statistical monitoring purpose only. Your completed form will not be seen by those responsible for short listing and will not, therefore, form part of the selection process.
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, 1974 Please provide details of any unspent convictions or cautions you have under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, 1974. Offences resulting in driving licence endorsements should be disregarded, unless holding a clean licence is a specific requirement of the job. Failure to disclose such information may result in dismissal or disciplinary action by BALTIC. This information will be treated as confidential and will not necessarily disqualify you from employment with BALTIC.
Under the terms of the Asylum and Immigration Act, 2018 we will require proof of your legal right to work in the United Kingdom.
The Employer The Contract of Employment is with BALTIC Flour Mills Visual Arts Trust, an independent charitable company, governed by a Board of Trustees. BALTIC meets its running costs through grant-in-aid from Arts Council England, Gateshead Council and from trading and sponsorship.
If at first you don’t succeed……………… BALTIC is a popular choice for applicants and competition for jobs can be strong. If you are not successful first time round, please do consider trying again. Keep an eye on our web site, local and national press for future job opportunities. Review your knowledge and experience and take advantage of any opportunities to learn new skills, which may help you in future applications. Good luck and thank you for your interest in working at BALTIC.