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Communications & Events Placement at Visiting Arts, Summer 2016

We are now inviting applications for our Communications & Events Placement from 15 June – 15 September 2016. A placement at Visiting Arts offers a unique experience to those starting out in the cultural sector. Our varied programme provides an excellent opportunity for keen individuals to gain new skills and work with a high level of independence under the supervision and guidance of the Visiting Arts team.

This placement offers the opportunity to work towards Visiting Arts International Producers Breakfast in Edinburgh in August, an annual networking event. A portion of the internship will also be dedicated to our international networking platform World Cultures Connect. This is an unpaid position for 2 days per week for the stated duration and will be based in the Visiting Arts office at Somerset House Exchange.

Specific duties include: Preparing, supporting and assisting with the Edinburgh event schedule, including organising meetings and travel arrangements and ensuring participating artists have relevant details Drafting communications for the VA Producers Breakfast and managing databases and invitations Liaising with suppliers & on site event support in Edinburgh Communications support including content management for World Cultures Connect and promotion on social media, proactive communications to members of World Cultures Connect.

Application deadline: Monday 23 May at 11am

About the Job

Visiting Arts provides tools to the cultural sector to work more efficiently and intelligently worldwide.
Since 1977 Visiting Arts has worked with some of the world’s most innovative contemporary artists in programmes that engage and inspire young people, communities and future professionals. We’ve worked in diverse regions and countries including China, Central and Eastern Europe pre-1990, in Iran and across the Middle East and more recently in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific Islands.
Working with a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, British Council, Gulbenkian Foundation and Ministries of Culture across the globe, Visiting Arts has also conducted research around international cultural leadership including trends in and barriers to international working and needs analyses. We provide information and advice, create opportunities for artists to make new connections and provide training for established and emerging cultural professionals.
Visiting Arts is now leading on two networking platforms: World Cultures Connect, a digital networking hub for arts and cultural professionals worldwide, and the new Creative Tracks platform in development, funded by the European Commission and supporting the development and progression of young creative entrepreneurs.
A placement at Visiting Arts offers a unique experience to those starting out in the cultural sector. Our varied programme provides an excellent opportunity for keen individuals to gain new skills and work with a high level of independence under the supervision and guidance of the Visiting Arts team. More details about Visiting Arts: visitingarts.org.uk
The placement is available from 15 June – 15 September 2016
This is an unpaid position for 2 days per week for the stated duration and will be based in the Visiting Arts office at Somerset House Exchange. Ideally, applicants will be able to commit to the whole timeframe, but we will consider requests for shorter placements depending on the nature of the programme and the applicant’s needs. Working days can have some flexibility depending on office logistics. Working hours will be between 10am -6pm. We will pay travel expenses within London for the duration of the placement and other agreed expenses incurred in fulfilling the role. The position will include travel to Edinburgh from 21-26 August, which is also fully funded.
Applicants should be driven individuals wanting to develop a career in the cultural and creative sectors, and must demonstrate that they have relevant enthusiasm, experience and skills for the position.
This placement will have the opportunity to work towards the Visiting Arts International Producers Breakfast in Edinburgh in August, an annual networking event. A portion of the internship will also be dedicated to our international networking platform World Cultures Connect.
Specific duties include:
Preparing, supporting and assisting with the Edinburgh event schedule, including organising meetings and travel arrangements and ensuring participating artists have relevant details Drafting communications for the VA Producers Breakfast and managing databases and invitations Liaising with suppliers & on site event support in Edinburgh Communications support including content management for World Cultures Connect and promotion on social media, proactive communications to members of World Cultures Connect
General person specification
Fluent level of spoken and written English Excellent attention to detail Awareness of or interest in collaborative international working Some familiarity with copywriting techniques and excellent communications skills Competent use of Microsoft Excel, Word & Outlook Familiarity with social media Confident, friendly & engaging approach Competent use of online content management systems Organised and flexible approach to multiple tasks Working to deadlines
What we offer
∙ Working in a dynamic and fast-paced environment within a small organisation
∙ Access to influential arts, culture and heritage organisations, guidance, advice, networks and on occasion, events
∙ Experience to improve your CV
A relevant induction and internal support will be provided in preparation for the role.
To apply
Please provide an up to date CV/Resume and covering letter outlining why you like to work with us, your relevant interests and experience and what you hope to gain from the placement. Please submit your documents by email to comms@visitingarts.org.uk with the subject line “COMMUNICATIONS & EVENTS PLACEMENT”.
Application deadline: Monday 23 May at 11am

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