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EDC Consortium Chair (Voluntary)


East Durham Creates are looking for an exceptional individual who can fulfil the role of Chair to lead their established consortium as we join Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places (CPP) National Portfolio and begin to work in areas within wider County Durham.

This is a voluntary role, and the time requirement will be c. 10 days per year. We are particularly interested in hearing from people whose professional background is outside the cultural sector.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to and help shape a nationally recognised programme, the focus of which is making a genuine and tangible difference for communities in County Durham through arts and culture.

We are looking for someone with an interest in place-based work with communities, culture, regeneration and equality of access. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of the challenges and opportunities within County Durham or a similar area, established local networks and experience of partnership working.

As Chair, you would lead quarterly consortium meetings and occasional additional meetings. You will be a strong advocate for the project and use your networks to seek and develop opportunities for future partnerships, private sector engagement and potential income generation. Experience and understanding of change management would also benefit the programme.

Role Details
Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with the consortium and staff team to establish the strategic direction for the programme, and its governance
  • Support the ongoing development of the consortium, particularly in this transitional phase moving into wider county work and joining a new strand of Art Council England’s National Portfolio
  • Act as an advocate for the EDC programme across multiple sectors
  • Represent EDC at public events and key meetings with stakeholders as appropriate, with guidance from the Programme Director
  • Chair the quarterly consortium meetings, ensuring that all meetings are managed effectively, and decisions made and acted upon.

Person Specification

  • Passionate about culture, regeneration, access, inclusion, relevance and community development
  • Experience of governance and leadership
  • Understanding of partnership and consortia working
  • Communicate well, including the ability to deliver effective and compelling presentations, speak to and liaise with the key stakeholders and the media
  • Planning, presiding over, and facilitating consortium meetings; with support from the Programme Director
  • Acting as an ambassador for the programme.

Timescales, Fees and Expenses

It is expected that fulfilling the role of Chair will require the equivalent of approximately 10 days per year initially. The role of Chair is voluntary although reasonable out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed according to the rates agreed by the Consortium.

To apply
To apply for this position, send a CV and brief outline of why you are interested in the role to

For any enquiries and /or an informal chat about the role, please contact Jess on 0191 5693511

EDC is committed to equal opportunities. We are working to achieve diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Full details of the role can be found in job description below.

Deadline: Monday 5th September 2022

Recruitment Pack

Job Description

Creative Community Activist

Job Title: Creative Community Activist
Project: East Durham Creates
Reporting to: Programme Director, East Durham Creates
Location: East Durham Trust, Community House, Yoden Road, Peterlee, SR8 5DP (Charity Number 1117642)
Hours: 30 hours a week
Salary: £25,000 pro-rata
Duration: Fixed term post until March 2025
Benefits Contributory Pension, 25 days holiday plus Bank Holidays, TOIL system, Access to training scheme, Childcare Voucher, Complimentary tea and coffee, Free staff parking

Purpose of Post

The successful candidate will work closely with the delivery team as part of the project and wider East Durham Trust team in the implementation of strategies aimed at engaging local people in arts and culture. They should be motivated, passionate and responsive to change with a clear background in socially engaged art and/or community engagement in a VCS setting.

The Creative Community Activist is a front facing role, nurturing community connections into our programme and ensuring barriers are removed for participants to shape art in the place they live. They will be community based and have skills, abilities and experience to work with communities, partners and stakeholders.

The ideal applicant will have:

  • An affinity for working directly with people in a range of community settings, in communities like those in County Durham
  • An ability to facilitate front facing community empowerment and shared decision-making
  • A passion for social change and the role that arts and culture can play in this
  • An understanding and/or willingness to learn about the power of integrating arts and culture into non-arts people, places, spaces and organisations.

Key Activities

  • Develop and support targeted activities with the new areas of wider County Durham. This will initially look at the North (Stanley, Annfield Plain and Craghead & South Moor) and be followed by South and Central in years 2 and 3 (Ferryhill, Coundon, Aycliffe West, Shildon & Dene Valley and Woodhouse Close).
  • Support and deliver a programme of engagement leading to the establishment of further Cultural Hubs in the new areas of the county, connecting them to wider Cultural Hub Network and working closely with Programme Co-ordinator.
  • Support the recruitment of participants for the Twin Commissions pairing communities in wider county with those developed in the East to work collaboratively on a largescale residency style commission on a theme designed by them.
  • Support artists to seek out and connect to both private and public sector agencies (and their resource) in the above identified areas.
  • Support artists to connect with communities in County Durham related to a range of commissioning strands including Let’s Create and Untold Stories.
  • Work closely with the Programme Co-ordinator to identify links to wider programme and ways to connect new communities with existing work.
  • Support the development of participants and audience from diverse backgrounds which the programme currently does not reach as well as it should including men, resettled families, GRT communities, those with long term illness and/or disability and LGBTQIA+
  • Support recruitment of participants and audiences for the wider EDC programme including the Digital Residencies, Untold Stories Commissions and Go & Sees. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Work to support the development of East Durham Creates – a programme set up to engage more people from County Durham in arts and cultural activity led and shaped by the community.
  • Proactively enable communities to self-organise, solicit resources and make decisions for themselves about the place they live, particularly in areas of the wider county.
  • Working together with the East Durham Creates team, East Durham Trust staff and wider Consortium Partners to create a sustainable project that effects long term change in arts engagement across County Durham.
  • Administrate and report/monitor/evaluate any activities delivered
  • To manage programme budget attached to this work and report back to Programme Director
  • To be responsible for risk assessing engagement activity and developing event plans for programmes of work as appropriate.
  • Identifying and engaging new audiences and participants.
  • Contribute towards the marketing and promotion of the project in collaboration with the Digital and Marketing Co-ordinator.
  • Carry out all duties in accordance with GDPR.
  • To be self-managing in terms of administrative support and delivery e.g. creating event plans or risk assessments.
  • Undertake other duties of a similar nature and responsibility as required commensurate with the grade of the post.

Further details of the project and its work to date can be found in the recruitment pack. The full job description can be found in the link below.

How to Apply

An application pack can be downloaded from our website or requested by email, phone or postal address. Please complete the supplied application form and return as specified on the form. If completion of an application form is not possible, we can accept answers to application questions in video or audio format. Please contact us for further details.

Closing Date: Monday 22nd August 2022 at 9am

Interviews: w/c 5th September 2022

Application Form

Job Description

Recruitment Pack

Digital and Marketing Co-ordinator (Freelance)

Contract: Freelance, 18-month contract initially October 2022 – March 2024 with possible 12-month extension

Hours: 2 days a week

Fee: £21,600 for initial 18 months

Location: Hybrid working, ideally 1 day a week in EDC Office

Responsible to: Programme Director

East Durham Creates is looking for a part-time, creative Digital and Marketing Co-ordinator. This role will make a vital contribution to the digital and marketing functions of our programme at a crucial stage in its development. We have a wide range of exciting projects that we are currently delivering in partnership with communities and artists in County Durham and beyond, and we need a new member of the team to ensure everyone hears about our work.

We work in a place with limited cultural infrastructure, and with communities who are often disconnected from cultural delivery so we are interested in working with a person who understands and celebrates these communities and is passionate about reaching new audiences. Our communications and marketing need to feel relevant to different communities at different times so an understanding of how to adapt an approach to suit a particular community is important, particularly as we broaden the geography of where we work.

You will also play a key role in the development of our ‘Durham Digital Space’ and Digital Residency programme as well as supporting a rebranding process linked to the broadening geography of the programme.

More details about this role can be found below.

To apply

Please send in an up to date CV, with details of two referees and a covering statement outlining how you would approach the contract and how your previous experience will help you with the role.

East Durham Creates will accept the following formats for the statement, please clearly label your files with your name:

  • Written statement that is no longer than 2 side of A4
  • Video submission that is no longer than 5 minutes – BSL, Makaton, Spoken
  • Audio submission as an MP3 or WAV file, that is no longer than 5 minutes

East Durham Creates is committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Deadline for applications is 9am on Wednesday 7th 2022.

The application should be sent to Jess Hunt, Programme Director for East Durham Creates:

Job Description

Recruitment Pack

Current Commissions

We don’t currently have any live commissions however if you’re interested in working with us please complete our Creative Practitioners form online here.