The Mentoring programme uses business managers as mentors and is aimed at people who run small arts organisations or work in the top management tiers of larger organisations. The Training Opportunities Initiative accesses in-house training courses from the private sector and brokers them out to those working in the arts, usually free of charge. PRESCAP (Preston Community Arts Project) is a community arts based company in Preston, which is seeking to employ Freelance Project Managers to manage a range of projects.
PRESCAP requires a small team of such managers, who will be employed on a freelance basis and must have experience of managing arts-based projects, with budgets ranging from £500 to £50,000. PRESCAP will be shortlisting and interviewing people for this role. The scheme has gone from quantity surveyors strength to strength since it was first funded in 2001 through the ‘Employing Creativity’ initiative of the former North West Arts Board. Organisations to have benefited already include City Life, Cultureshock, Manchester Jazz Festival and the Northern Actors Centre.
Over the next twelve months, the scheme is expanding, so if your organisation would benefit from gaining access to the skills and talents of students and graduates to complete specific projects or generally offer assistance, get in touch. Artists, craftworkers, fashion designers, dancers, film-makers, performers, musicians, writers, poets, monks, nuns, imams, fakirs, shamans, faith-healers etc are invited to holiday in Morecambe and leave work at a gallery/DSS flat devoted to the post-modern mix of religious and secular life. A Romani Gypsy writer, encouraged by the Arts Council, is seeking an experienced professional. The tales are a reflection of the issues and challenges currently experienced by the Gypsy Traveller community.
A director/producer is required for Fire in the Park, a full-length stage play by Deborah Freeman. Supported by a commission from Arts Council England and Greater Manchester Police Museum, and following a first production, a creative team is now needed to develop the play further. Auditions are being held to recruit young people to the European Union Youth Orchestra for a summer tour in 2004 in Italy, Slovenia, the Baltic States, Germany and Scandinavia and for a spring tour in 2005 to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.