Creative Catalysts wanted for new Art of Libraries project in Gloucestershire

CG is looking to appoint freelance Creative Catalysts for a new and innovative programme launching across Gloucestershire in January 2017 called the Art of Libraries.

This national flagship project, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn FoundationArts Council England and Ernest Cook Trust is led by CG in partnership with Gloucestershire’s Libraries and Information, Barnwood Trust and RIO, the Arts Council’s South West Bridge Organisation, and will be delivered over three years. The projects aims to focus its work with babies, children and young people up to 25 years and their parents/carers.

Art of Libraries is a prototype project to test a new recipe for cultural education in six “early adopter” libraries. Storytelling and reading will be at the core of this new cultural offer, which will be firmly rooted in each community. Artists, cultural organisations, library staff, schools and community activists, working together in new ways, will lead and deliver this innovative programme. 

The Creative Catalyst is an enabling and developmental role and will require new co-producing relationships across library staff, local community members, educators, parents and children
and young people. This won’t happen overnight and will require a careful blend of mentoring, risk taking, signposting, business planning, up-skilling, fundraising, brokerage and facilitating.

We imagine our Creative Catalysts will either be artists or creative producers with a strong artistic vision as in our view creative ideas and practice enable ambitious change. They will also need to be skilled community developers, tapping into local networks, ideas and interests and building on them to help create vibrant and sustainable cultural and artistic activity in and around our local libraries. 


More information about the role, person specification, contract terms and how to apply in the attached document here. 

Any questions please contact: Louise Bardgett, Art of Libraries’ Project Manager,

Deadline for application: Monday 26 September at 9.00am

Interviews: Wednesday 5 October at Dursley Library