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Assistant Workshop Technician

The Organisation:

Artist Surfaces fabricates, high-quality, bespoke painting panels and stretcher bars for artists, galleries and museums. The company was set up with the principle that we wanted to offer museum grade surfaces at affordable prices. Our hope is that this can in turn permit artists the opportunity to develop their practice in a practical and sustainable way. Artist Surfaces provides surfaces that reflect the same commitment to excellence and craftsmanship that the artist exemplifies through their work, albeit at an affordable price.

We are a small, but growing, family-run company based in Northfleet, Gravesend. We employ a small team of staff to maintain our workshop, build and wrap our products and develop our offer.

The Role

The Assistant Workshop Technician will be responsible for fabricating, welding and wrapping bespoke, museum-grade painting panels. We are looking for a team-player with excellent interpersonal skills and a proven track record of meeting goals and targets. No previous ‘making’ experience is required, our team will give you all the training and support needed in order to confidently fabricate panels to a high quality. Your working hours will be Monday-Friday shifts of either 8am-5pm or 12pm-9pm (including a 1-hour unpaid lunch/dinner break).

Key Responsibilities

The post holder will be undertaking the following duties:

  • Panel making; including but not limited to: cutting, glueing, grinding, sanding, painting, stretching material
  • Wrapping orders for dispatch
  • Tig Welding
  • Following standard Health and Safety Guidelines
  • Setting and checking all machinery. To be responsible for the start-up, re-setting, running and shutdown of all machines, including fixtures, tooling and all work handling equipment
  • Alerting Directors to problems with quality
  • Undertaking any other duties reasonably requested by Artist Surfaces

For the full job description and person specification, please see the attached document.

Job Description & Person Specification

Eligibility

Due to the criteria of the funding of this position, to be eligible to apply for this role you must be:

  • Aged between 18 and 25 at the time of appointment
  • Currently residing in one of the following districts of South Essex or North Kent: Basildon, Canterbury, Castle Point, Dartford, Gravesham, Medway, Southend, Swale, Thanet or Thurrock.
  • Not currently in employment in a role within the creative industries.
  • Not in full-time education or training at the point the work commences.

This role is part-funded and supported by Re:Generation 2031, a Creative Estuary project. Creative Estuary has a vision to forge a new future founded on creative energy and innovation, along the length of the Thames Estuary. Re:Generation 2031 is enabling more young people to access creative careers, to champion the next generation of creative talent.

The Re:Generation 2031 team are here to help if you need support applying for this role such as CV writing or preparing for an interview. Please email the team at regen2031@kent.ac.uk for assistance or guidance.

How to apply

To apply please put together the following:

  • A written CV listing your education and any paid or voluntary work experience you have
  • Either a written covering letter or a video/audio recording telling us why you would be good for this role and how you meet some or all of the criteria outlined above.

Then please email both to regen2031@kent.ac.uk

If you need any assistance in putting your application together or would like this advert in a different format, please contact the team on the email above.

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