Opportunities

We are always looking for enthusiastic people who share in our vision and can help us achieve our mission. Maybe you could be a part of our team or support us by volunteering with us! Artcore’s success depends on the hard work and enthusiasm of its staff and volunteers. Working at Artcore presents inspiring opportunities, including the chance to discover new hobbies, take part in community projects and even create works of art of your own.

Artcore receives enquiries regarding job vacancies, work experience, work placements and volunteering. All our available opportunities are advertised in this section of the website. We can notify you of new opportunities as they arise if you sign up to our newsletter.

 

Job Opportunity

  

Finance Officer

Location: Artcore Derby
Position: Part-Time
Part time: 21 hours per week – with the ability to work flexibly

The post holder will be an experienced Finance Officer will be responsible for all financial aspects of the organisation.  You will prepare monthly management accounts with projections for future income and expenditure to allow the Directors and Trustees to plan ahead. You will produce cash flows and produce yearly financial accounts in conjunction with external accountants as well liaising with the accountants regarding the yearly audit. You will put in strengthened accounting and internal financial procedures to support the growth and development of the organisation and ensure we are meeting all our financial obligations.

This is an exciting opportunity for individuals looking to play an important role in supporting the charity Artcore.

To find out more about this exciting opportunity please download the job spec below.

Closing date for applications: 4th February 2021
Potential Interview dates: 9th February 2021
Anticipated start date for role: Immediate

To apply please send your current CV and a covering letter with the Position applying for in the subject to info@artcoreuk.com or post it to (Artcore, 3 Charnwood Street Derby DE1 2GT)

DOWNLOAD JOB DESCRIPTION 
 


 

Artist Opportunity

In Memoriam

Oh, yet we trust that somehow good
Will be the final goal of ill.

Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam

 

We would like to invite artists based in Derby and Derbyshire to be a part of this project by making postcard-sized artworks.

Write a poem or a prose text, paint or draw, paste a collage or a photograph – whatever you think leaves you with a sense of closure, of emotional relief, of expressing what you have been unable to do so as yet.

Deadline: Please complete your expression of interest by Sunday 29 November and we will send out a pack to you.

To apply visit: https://www.curatorspace.com/opportunities/detail/callout-for-expressions-of-interest–in-memoriam–postcard-art-exhibition-and-auction/4954


 

Cabin Fever

Callout for Artists in Residence

“Cabin fever (noun) a state characterised by anxiety, restlessness, and boredom, arising from a prolonged stay in a remote or confined place.”

As a result of the first and now second lockdown, many of us have had to spend time in isolation and confined in our homes, and we’d like artists to respond to this theme by literally taking up residence in our cabin in Derby City Centre.

Artcore’s Gallery, in the centre of Derby, faces onto Osnabruck Square, (named after Derby’s German twin town of Osnabrück) in which there are three ‘cabins’, small retail units that operated as a café, a flower stall and a newsagent. Working in partnership with Derby City Council we now have the use of the former newsagent, and a budget for artists to take up residence in it for a month at a time between January and June 2021.

The Callout

We would like artists to propose projects and activities which they can work on in our cabin for a month at a time. We have some specific aims we’d like artists to address:

  • To creatively engage with members of the public
  •  To run around four public workshops for members of the public during each residency
  •  To enhance and animate the area using your creativity
  •  To celebrate the people and communities of Derby

We’ve also suggested some themes that you can respond to, though we are open to suggestion if you have your own ideas

The climate emergency and Henry David Thoreau (More information)

Thoreau was an American naturalist, writer and poet (1817 – 1862). His most well-known book ‘Walden’ is about simple living in natural surroundings and self-sufficiency. In 1845 he built a simple 10 foot x 15 foot cabin with a fireplace, table, desk, bed, and 3 chairs. Living there, he read, wrote, walked, observed nature, talked with occasional visitors, and thought deeply; activities that fulfilled Thoreau and fed his soul. He spent 2 years 2 months and 2 days living in his cabin at Walden Pond and later wrote about his experience.

Good News for Bad Days – The cabin was a news kiosk, so we suggest using it as a small press, where people are invited to print (letterpress, silk screen, etc.) posters, leaflets, broadsheets, but instead of focusing on bad news and big stories, we could focus on sharing positive personal stories as if they were the front page of the newspaper, so there is a participatory element and the work is distributed to readers.

Street Art – Enhancing the area – Using the outside of the cabins and the square, making it colourful and vibrant, engaging young and old to be a part of the project, maybe including a street art and pavement art festival.

Format Photography Festival – The March residency coincides with FORMAT, the UK’s leading festival of International Photography.

We are offering each artist:

  • An inclusive Artist bursary of £500
  • An Artist blog and digital platform throughout the residency to share the progress of the work
  • Residency space at our cabin and Artcore Gallery
  • A chance to deliver artist talks and workshops at Artcore Gallery and online
  • Mentoring and curatorial support throughout the residency
  • Publicity and marketing support

We welcome applications from artists working in any visual arts discipline, and with a cross-disciplinary practice.

We expect artists to have a commitment to developing their practice, and to engaging in dialogue with Artcore and our audiences and the wider international contemporary arts and cultural sector.

About Artcore:

Artcore supports and promotes the work of contemporary artists and uses art to bring about positive changes to the lives of people of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds. Its main activities include exhibitions, residencies, screenings, talks and festivals alongside daily workshops for adults and young people, many of which have moved online during this and the previous lockdown.

Artcore is a visual arts charity with bases on Charnwood and Albert Street, working within communities locally, nationally and internationally. It endeavours to operate as a cultural hub, fuelling active engagement for a diverse range of communities in Derby, the East Midlands and beyond. Artcore’s long-term objective is to use arts and crafts as a vehicle to strengthen community cohesion, educate, raise awareness and provide a platform for development. Through its creative work it is committed to bringing change into the lives of people of all ages, abilities, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Artcore is also an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Our Location:

Derby has a developing visual arts culture, with galleries at QUAD, Derby Museum & Art Gallery and at Artcore, a University with Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses in the School of Arts, and much DIY activity across the City. Artcore has hosted three annual Visual Arts Summits, and is the lead organisation in supporting the development of the visual arts ecology of Derby.

We have recently taken on a large City Centre space, and Osnabruck Square, close to our new Albert Street building will be the residency venue with access to space and resources in the gallery nearby.

Timetable: 

Residency slots are one month:

  • January 2021
  • February 2021
  •  March 2021
  • April 2021
  •  May 2021
  • June 2021

We will accept applications at any time but please apply by 23 December if you’d like to be considered for the January slot, and let us know if there is a specific slot you would prefer.

To apply visit https://www.curatorspace.com/opportunities/detail/cabin-fever–callout-for-artists-in-residence/5008


Circling the Square – Visions of an Unmade City

Artist Residency and Exhibition Opportunity

Residency: 8 February – 10 April 2021

Exhibition: 16 April – 1 May 2021 at Artcore Gallery

Online exhibition during the residency period and beyond.

Deadline for submissions: 10 January 2021

Artist’s Fee: £1,000 per artist for 2 artists

“The truth is that man has an uncanny faculty of adapting himself to new conditions. He learns to admit and even, in a sneaking sort of way, to like new and strange forms. The new form is at first repugnant, but if it has any real vitality and justification it becomes a friend.”

Frederick Etchells, from the introduction to Le Corbusier, Towards a New Architecture

We are looking for two early career artists to take up supported residencies with Artcore responding to the title ‘Circling the Square – Visions of an Unmade City’.

Artcore’s Gallery faces onto a public space called Osnabruck Square, named after Derby’s German twin town of Osnabrück. The twinning is commemorated by a stone monument presented by the people of Osnabrück, which displays the distance between the two cities – 800 kilometres or 500 miles.

Strictly speaking it isn’t a square at all, but a tapering triangle which widens out as it wraps around two sides of the Market Hall, which bounds it on two sides, with Albert Street and Tenant Street on the others. It has an area of some 2200 square metres, most of it paved and is close to the bus station, the main shopping district & INTU, the council house and the river gardens. Intriguingly, the Markeaton Brook runs under it, hidden out of sight in a culvert, joining the River Derwent next to the Council House.

The current design of the square includes three dated ‘cabins’ – used as small retail units – a bus stop, seating, trees and some other planting. There are plans afoot to redevelop it (and other public spaces in the City) along with the regeneration of the Market Hall, and we’d like artists to playfully, provocatively, radically and collaboratively propose how the City’s public  space could be unmade and remade, radically reconstructed to create a vision of what a public space might mean in an age of social distancing. Perhaps ironically, given that we are now almost at the point of leaving the European Union and restricted in our social interactions, the square is likely to be renamed ‘Friendship Square’.

We are interested in work that critically interrogates the situation that is Derby: ‘situation’ meaning a set of conditions in time and place – a convergence of site, non-site, place, non-place, locality, public space, context, past, present and future time. What is the purpose of public space in the City Centre in a post-retail world, where social gatherings are a thing of the past, and where indoor social spaces are out of bounds?

We are interested in psychogeography, Situationist strategies, the dérive, in destabilising preconceptions of site and meaning, in intervention, in discovery, surprise, awe and humour, in cartography, maps and charts, in interactivity, and in friction rather than rapprochement.

Learning from the experience of our ‘Error & Power residency-from-home and online exhibition, ‘Together in Isolation’, a series of online exhibitions responding to the changed world we abruptly found ourselves living in when lockdown began, and building on our success in reaching audiences digitally, we would like artists to be physically in residence but to make work across both physical and digital platforms, recording and broadcasting both live and recorded material as the work progresses.

About Artcore:

Artcore is a visual arts charity based on Charnwood Street, working within communities locally, nationally and internationally. Our aspiration is to operate as a cultural hub, fuelling active cultural engagement for a diverse range of communities in Derby, the East Midlands and beyond.

Artcore’s long-term objective is to use arts and crafts as a vehicle to strengthen community cohesion, educate, raise awareness and provide a platform for development. Through its creative work it is committed to bringing change into the lives of people of all ages, abilities, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Artcore is also an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Our Location:

Derby has a developing visual arts culture, with galleries at QUAD, Derby Museum & Art Gallery and at Artcore, a University with Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses in the School of Arts, and much DIY activity across the City. Artcore has hosted two annual Visual Arts Summits and is the lead organisation in supporting the development of the visual arts ecology of Derby.

In August 2019 we opened a large two storey City Centre space, and this residency will use the upper floor of our new building, placing your work in a prominent new visual arts space right in the heart of Derby.

The Residency Opportunities:

We are offering each artist:

  • An Artist bursary of £1,000 to produce work for exhibition at Artcore Gallery and on-line
  • An Artist blog and digital platform throughout the residency to share the progress of the work
  • Residency space at Artcore Gallery
  • A chance to deliver artist talks at Artcore Gallery and online
  • Mentoring and curatorial support throughout the residency
  • A catalogue – both digital and physical
  • Publicity and marketing support

We welcome applications from artists working in any visual arts discipline, and with a cross-disciplinary practice.

We expect artists to have a commitment to developing their practice, and to engaging in dialogue with Artcore and our audiences and the wider international contemporary arts and cultural sector.

We welcome artists with an interest in how sharing online, using virtual space and working collaboratively can inform the development of their work.

Residency timetable: 

Deadline – Please make your submissions by midnight on Sunday 10 January 2021
Selection will be made by the 15 January
Residency start date: 8 February 2021
Residency end date: 10 April 2021
Exhibition dates: 16 April – 1 May 2021

To apply visit https://www.curatorspace.com/opportunities/detail/circling-the-square–visions-of-an-unmade-city/5021


 

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at Artcore can boost self-confidence and motivation. Working as part of our group will give you the chance to build communication skills, meet new people and learn how to work in a team. In terms of your career, Artcore can help your CV stand out from the rest. Volunteering shows commitment and passion, which are qualities that any employer will appreciate. Volunteers can gain official recognition for their efforts, for example in the form of a Inspired award. Artcore volunteers have been acknowledged by certificates and a fantastic job reference. Volunteering can open up exciting opportunities; in the past Artcore volunteers have obtained work placements in Italy, Malta and Spain.

Our volunteers contribute to the community and have the chance to make a positive impression on the lives of the people they work with. Volunteers have the opportunity to inspire people. Volunteering at Artcore will give you the opportunity to gain skills and confidence, expand your horizons and build new and lasting relationships.

If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, please send your CV to: info@artcoreuk.com

Artist

Volunteers will work on visual arts projects, working alongside other artists to deliver projects. Volunteers will gain experience working in a variety of mediums with a variety of people and experience different cultures and styles. Mediums used include plaster, clay, mosaic and painting. Volunteers must be enthusiastic, hard-working and motivated. An interest in art is essential. Experience of working in this field would be advantageous.

Fundraiser

A volunteer position is available for fundraising for a non-profit organisation

Administration Assistant

This is an exciting opportunity to work within a non-profit organisation as an administration assistant. The role entails providing general administrative support, greeting visitors and responding to a broad range of enquiries. Tasks will include drafting and sending out documents, taking notes of meetings and producing minutes, dealing with enquiries and maintaining the filing system.

Support Assistant

Volunteer to offer general support. Applicants are required to be flexible and work in all areas. This includes office based administrative tasks, housekeeping, and hands-on tasks.

Painter and decorator

Volunteers will carry out painting, decorating and hands-on tasks at Artcore premises. These will include building maintenance, preparing exhibition space and installing the exhibitions themselves.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Currently we do not have any apprenticeship opportunities. Please check back later.