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Gallery Activities Coordinator

The Organisation:

We’re a not-for-profit organisation, working to support artists and creative industries in Medway. Sun Pier House CIC was formed in 2013 to support Medway’s unique creative culture. We offer a base for established and start-up artists to develop their practice, and we deliver a varied exhibition and arts programme.

Split over three floors our venue is home to 29 artists, a large exhibition gallery, events space, hire rooms, café and workshop space – all enjoying a glorious panoramic view of the river Medway.

We work with artists, creative organisations and those who want to make the world better through cultural engagement.

The Role:

We would like a new member of the team solely focussed on engaging audiences with our gallery and exhibitions. We reopened in May 2022 after 2 years closed to the public. This is a brand-new role and with the Re:Generation 2031 support we will have the confidence to test some new ideas.

We want to create a new programme of activities and events, suitable for all budgets to make people feel welcome in the Gallery and give them regular reasons to visit and feel involved in our space. Gallery footfall has always been fairly low since opening in 2014, we now want to try some new techniques to increase awareness and visitor engagement in our space.

You will be directly managed and supervised by the Directors and Assistant Manager, with daily conversations about the day’s tasks and week’s activities, as well as regular meetings about wider work streams. We have a clear exhibition programme established for the next 12 months, this Coordinator role supports that programme and you will be guided by us on how to develop the activities and deliver a new events programme with us.

You will gain hands on learning and impressive communication skills that are transferrable to many other roles. This position encompasses many aspects needed to work in the creative industries, such as:

  • Time management
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Budget management
  • Venue management
  • Marketing and promotions
  • Booking and sales
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Gallery and exhibition management
  • Artist support and client liaison
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Report creation and presentation

Informal training as well as formal training would be provided throughout the placement. With our changing exhibition programme and 29 artist residents there is limitless mentoring and coaching available during the contract.

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.

For full job description and person specification download the attached document.

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 of these 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.

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.