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Creative United is looking for artists and makers to join their Artist Advisory Group

Are you an artist or maker based in either North East Lincolnshire or the West Midlands? Would you like to share your views and experiences on accessing support and professional development, building a sustainable livelihood or barriers to equality, diversity and inclusion? Creative United would like to hear from you.

Creative United is creating its first-ever Artist Advisory Group to help them gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities that exist for artists and makers trying to develop sustainable careers in England. It will be a safe space to come together where honest opinions and experiences can be shared, without judgement. Your contributions will play a vital role in developing and delivering Creative United’s strategies to support artists and makers around the UK.

The aim of the Arts Advisory Group is to help Creative United understand both the challenges faced by and opportunities available to artists and makers living in Arts Council England Priority Places and Levelling Up for Culture Places. This is why they are focusing initially on North East Lincolnshire and West Midlands.

They would love to hear a mix of different perspectives that will enable the development of artist-centred policies to amplify support for artists and their livelihoods. To allow for a wide range of voices to be heard, membership of the Advisory Group will be refreshed on an annual basis and focus on two different locations each year.

  • currently considered underrepresented in the arts and crafts field – i.e. you’re facing barriers, marginalisation, and inequality to opportunities due to physical health/disability, sensory impairment, learning disabilities, mental health issues, neurodivergence, sexuality, gender, or ethnicity.
  • working across one or more contemporary visual art and craft practices, with a focus on producing works of art or craft that are made available for sale to members of the public on a routine basis.
  • living and/or working in one of the following two locations in England:
    • North East Lincolnshire
    • West Midlands

Register your interest to join the Creative United Artist Advisory Group via the online application form below. The form includes the option to submit your motivation in either written, audio or video format.

Deadline: Monday 10 June 2024

What Creative United can offer you:

  • Compensation of £75 per group discussion meeting (which will last about 2 hours, on average).
  • Travel costs for any in-person group discussion meetings.
  • Refreshments and snacks at in-person group discussion meetings.
  • Cover for additional out of pocket expenses, including any costs relating to access needs.
  • A chance to be part of a network of artists in your local area.
  • The opportunity to be profiled as part of the Artist Advisory Group on Creative United’s website and social media channels.

What they ask in return:

  • You will be able to attend an initial introductory/getting to know each other session (online), 4 x group discussion meetings (online and in-person in your local area) across a 12-month period, starting from July 2024.
  • You will contribute to meaningful group discussions with your insight, experiences, ideas, and opinions in an open and transparent way, via dialogue with peers and the Creative United team – advising on four core strategic themes, including:
    • Building sustainable art practices + artists’ livelihoods
    • Equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the arts
    • Access to skills and opportunities
    • Community + ecosystems
  • You will complete mini surveys, across a 12-month period, in between quarterly group meetings.