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Opportunity – Manifesto for Digital Arts Work Placements


ReGrowing Digital Arts – Creative Growth

NEoN is commissioning to develop a ‘Manifesto for Digital Arts Work Placements’ that can inform best practice across the digital arts creative and cultural sector.

This manifesto aims to articulate best practice for internships, volunteering and research collaborations in a way that can help set up and support the best access, the best experience and best development opportunities with NEoN and any HEIs, cultural organisations and individuals across the digital arts community.

We are looking to commission someone with experience in producing manifestos in the creative/cultural sector and be a demonstrable advocate for learning in practice. It may also be useful to have had experience of work placements or in setting up work placements.

The role will involve working with Donna Holford-Lovell, director of NEoN, and Dr Michael Pierre Johnson, a creative economy researcher based at the Innovation School, The Glasgow School of Art. This will include using and responding to data collected as part of Michael’s research collaboration with NEoN, working with archive materials of NEoN’s past internships and work placements, and engaging with a range of stakeholders from Higher Education and the digital arts sector to produce the manifesto.

The commission is funded by Michael’s AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) Innovation Leadership Fellow, The Value of Creative Growth. It offers £2400 for the work to be delivered between 15th March and 11th June 2021. This is calculated at £200 / day for 12 days of work; the working pattern is flexible within this timeframe.

There is also a budget available to cover materials, production and dissemination costs. Part of your role may suggest ways of presenting/sharing this manifesto in engaging ways after the June 2021 deadline.

While we are very open to applicants’ ideas for how they’d do the work, we encourage creative and innovative processes that are publicly accessible and highly inclusive. For example, this may be game-based or online interactive work or actively engaging with NEoN’s partners or past interns to contribute to the piece – a playful manifesto. It should function as an adaptable knowledge repository for past and new work, with the appropriate formatting requirements, and change and adapt as NEoN moves forward.

The deadline for applications is Mon 8th March. Interviews will be performed on Thur 11th March, with the selected person informed on the Fri 12th March.

It is essential to the organisation that there is a diversity of voices and lived-experiences on our board of trustees. The importance of lived experience goes more in-depth than demographics. It’s about real, on-the-ground knowledge of the organisation’s work from the individuals' perspectives and communities it seeks to serve.

We especially encourage applicants who identify as carers, parents, non-binary and genderqueer folk, people that identify as neurodiverse and disabled, people from Black, African, Caribbean, Asian, Multiple or any other ethnic groups, people from the queer community, people from working-class backgrounds, people from different religious backgrounds. We also encourage young people and students to apply.

How to Apply 

To make the application process as easy as possible, we are open to how you tell us about yourself. You can send us a 3-5 minute video, or as audio-only or one-page written submission, covering why you’re interested in the opportunity and how you would approach producing such a manifesto. You can also include your CV and examples of relevant past work. We are happy to discuss this with you before applying.

This position will be remote.

If you are interested or have further questions, please get in touch.