Tate Liverpool, Project Art Works, 2018

Freelance Job Opportunity: Photography Facilitators, Action Research/Training

Explorers: Illuminating the Wilderness
Application Deadline:
5pm Tuesday 4 December 2018
Fee: £2,500 plus travel expenses

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An action research/training opportunity for artists interested in collaborating with adults who have additional and complex needs to engage with photography.

Photoworks seeks applications from experienced photography facilitators keen to develop their knowledge, understanding and experience of effective, inclusive creative collaboration.


Explorers: Illuminating the Wilderness is a three-year programme of awareness raising activity, commissions, exhibitions, seminars and events developed by Project Art Works in partnership with Photoworks and other cultural partners. The programme is developed with and for neuro-diverse communities, placing them at the heart of social, civic and cultural activity.

As part of Photoworks’ wider programme of activities for Explorers, we are delivering three artist-led projects in 2019 with social care providers in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex for adults with additional and complex needs. Each project is bespoke, but includes an action research training programme for artists and social care practitioners increasing their ability to enable participants to engage with photography and visual arts practice.

For Photoworks, the projects will enable us to test new ways of working, inform our future activity in this area, create a team of appropriately experienced associate artist facilitators, develop social care networks and increase the diversity of our audiences.

The activity has been devised as a result of consultation with a range of individuals, social care providers and Project Art Works. Each participation model is intended to address a need or challenge identified by each partner. All projects will have meaningful legacy in the form of new skills, relationships or resources.

The programme seeks to engage neuro-diverse adults with varying levels of additional needs that present in different ways, including some who may be non-verbal and require complex support.

The Opportunity

Photoworks is delighted to offer places for two artists for whom photography and social engagement is central to their practice on an action research programme including the following:

1. Delivery of a bespoke Photography Club* with neuro-diverse adults in Brighton & Hove or East Sussex

  • Opportunity to partner with a social care professional, working collaboratively to co-develop new ideas and approaches to using photography in adult social care settings with adults with additional and complex needs.
  • Opportunity to plan and deliver a programme of activities with/for a particular group of participants (three groups/settings have been identified and have helped shape this programme).

2. Free training/professional development
Participation in an Awareness Raising Day with Project Artworks (venue TBC)

  • Access to training (e.g. Positive Behaviour Support, Total Communication)
  • Mentoring and professional development through a series of twilight workshops that act as a testing ground for ideas, a space to trouble-shoot and encourage reflective practice.

3. Showcasing opportunity

  • A chance to share learning (by participation in the wider Explorers Programme)
  • Exhibition or other opportunity to disseminate work/learning that takes place in Photography Clubs (the nature of this will be agreed by the action research group, but the emphasis here is on process, rather than outcomes)

4. Toolkit Creation

  • Artists and social care practitioners will be invited to contribute ideas and activities to a ‘toolkit’ as a legacy for the project that can support others working in similar settings. This might be digital, physical, or both.

*‘Photography Club’ is a programme of practical activities enabling project participants to engage with photography. The format and content of the activity will be informed by participating in the training/professional development programme. It is open to interpretation and will meet the needs of each specific group of participants or setting.


£2,500 per artist plus travel (costs to be agreed)


The described activity will take place from January to December 2019 and will include approximately ten twilight training sessions of two – three hours (plus one day at Project Art Works), and an expectation to deliver approximately ten full days of workshops between March – July (inc) in 2019. Note: dates, times, length of each session to be agreed with each artist/setting on appointment. Showcasing activity will be scheduled towards the end of the period.

Person Specification and Experience

You must be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in and commitment to working with adults with additional or complex needs, inclusive ways of working and socially engaged practice.

In addition, you will:

  • Be an art practitioner using photography as a central part of your practice
  • Demonstrate a strong interest or desire to engage with adults with additional or complex needs
  • Have at least three years demonstrable experience of teaching or facilitation (in either formal education or community settings with adults and/or children and young people)
  • Be a creative thinker capable of generating ideas and developing high quality creative experiences for others
  • Be a skilled team worker, able to work collaboratively, broker relationships and manage multi-agency partnership working
  • Be highly organised with excellent time-keeping and budgeting skills
  • Have strong communication skills
  • Be registered as self employed, responsible for making your own tax/NI payments

Who is Eligible to Apply?

We welcome your application:

  • If you’re an art practitioner using photography as a central part of your practice
  • If you have the legal right to work in the UK, are currently resident in the UK and will continue to be for the duration of the project. You don’t have to be a British National
  • Whether or not you have experience of working with adults with additional or complex needs
  • Whether or not you have formal education or qualifications
  • We particularly welcome your application if you are from a BAME background; if you identify as LGBTQ+; if you live with a disability; if you have caring responsibilities; and/or if you are facing economic disadvantage.

We will do our very best to help anyone who may need additional support to make an application and, if selected, support your participation. Please contact Juliette Buss (juliette@photoworks.org.uk) if you require support with your application, or would like to talk about the application process.

Please don’t apply if you:

  • Will be in full or part-time undergraduate or postgraduate education at any point between September 2018 and December 2019
  • Cannot reasonably make regular travel to Sussex
  • Do not consider photography to be your primary practice

How to Apply

Please email your CV to chloe@photoworks.org.uk with an explanation of your suitability for this role, either in writing (no more than 600 words), or as a video or audio recording (no more than five minutes). Please choose the format you think will convey your ideas clearly, according to the submission criteria. Please note production values will not be taken into account.

Photoworks is an equal opportunities employer. Please also complete our online opportunities monitoring form. This will be kept anonymous.

Key Dates

Tuesday 4 December (5pm): Application Deadline
Thursday 13 December: Interviews in central Brighton
Tuesday 17 December: Appointment made and interviewees informed of decision


Can I apply if I don’t live in Sussex?
Yes you can apply, however, we would expect you to be able to attend regular sessions in Brighton and Sussex without incurring unreasonable travel costs.

Can I apply if I have no experience of working with adults with additional or complex needs?
Yes, we will support artists every step of the way in gaining this experience. However, we do expect candidates to be able to clearly articulate their interest in gaining this experience at interview, plus a willingness to engage with neuro-diverse adults who are likely to have varying levels of additional needs presenting in different ways, including some who may be non verbal and require complex care (provided by carers and support workers).

What do you mean by three years demonstrable experience of teaching or facilitation?
We’re interested in all kinds of teaching experience you may have, with all kinds of people. This might include running short children’s workshops, or longer-term community engagement projects, or teaching in a school or university. We would also like to hear if participation is central to your practice. We expect you to be able to show us a track record of at least three years of this kind of work (not necessarily consecutive).

Are the dates for the training and Photography Club sessions already fixed?
No, once we have artists confirmed, we will work with you and partners to identify dates and times that work for everyone. However, we would expect you to have some flexibility. The training sessions will take place in Brighton as ‘twilight’ sessions sometime between 3-7pm (tbc). Photography Club sessions will take place at a partner setting, either in Brighton or elsewhere in Sussex. Some activity may take place at Project Art Works in Hastings.

Find further information at
explorersproject.org and projectartworks.org