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Please note: The application deadline was August 11th 2023, and we are no longer accepting submissions.

Community Artist

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Job Description

Responsible to: Line Manager.

Responsible for: Project workers, artists hired on projects, freelance workers, and volunteers engaged on individual projects.

Job Profile: To carry out art workshops and help coordinate the successful delivery of exciting and innovative community arts programmes as outlined in Community Arts by ZK’s business plan.

Terms and Conditions

Job Title: Community Artist
Fixed Term Contract: 3-year fixed contract (subject to successful 3-month probationary period) with the possibility to be extended with further funding.

Salary: £23,000 a year (starting salary).

Location: Community Arts by ZK headquarters, Northlight Estates, Northlight Parade, Brierfield, Nelson, BB5 9EG
Hours of work: 37 hours (full-ti

Holidays: 22 days + bank holidays

Pension: Workplace pension scheme with employer contribution

About Community Arts by ZK

Community Arts by ZK (CAZK) is an award-winning community interest company based in Pendle. At CAZK, we use art as a driving force to bring communities together from different age ranges, walks of life and social, and cultural backgrounds, with a strong emphasis on community cohesion, integration and well-being.

We design and deliver art projects, activities, and workshops that value, encourage and engage people in the community, allowing them to express themselves more effectively and communicate their ideas in a creative way. Our workshops and projects cover a broad range of techniques, and we work with creative practitioners and artists from across the world and from a variety of creative disciplines. Examples include fine art, mixed media, photography, traditional and contemporary methods, textiles, environmental artists, installation, and sculpture.

We collaborate across partner organisations, creative and cultural institutions, taking our community on trips and providing educational experiences. We strive for inclusivity, diversity and equality, aiming to improve community cohesion and resilience through art and social connection


While this role will work across all CAZK projects the majority of time will be spent on 'Healing Arts for All' (HAFA), a large-scale, three-year heritage project that will engage Pendle's diverse communities in a wide range of activities including photography, textiles, film, sculpture, sound walks etc.

We expect you to integrate into the community we work with and use your artistic flair and strong interpersonal skills to engage with people in our local community. You will need to have knowledge of the specific needs of different community groups we work with, (families, children, refugees and asylum seekers, vulnerable and marginalised groups, and ethnic minority groups). You will have an enthusiasm for working with groups in the community and a willingness to build relationships with these different groups, with strong interpersonal skills, patience, empathy, a positive approach and respect for others. You will have great enthusiasm for art and sharing your artistic skills with the community.

Principle Tasks and Key Responsibilities:

  • Working closely with the Directors, Line Manager and Community Artist, you will coordinate and develop creative art programmes, projects, activities, and events. You will maintain and develop relationships among key partner organisations and local businesses and host steering group meetings to develop new ideas and plans to progress and enhance the organisation, building communication and providing regular feedback.

  • You will agree with the Line Manager the budget, scope, organisation and targets of programmes and devise ways of ensuring they are delivered as agreed within the budget and timescale.

  • Research, implement and monitor programme and project plans, liaising with collaborators, partners, the community and other artists.

  • Design artistic projects and programmes for the community which will engage with a wide range of people and age groups.

  • Deliver 'HAF' council-funded art projects for children ages 5-11 during their school holidays.

  • Develop your artistic skills through researching new methods and learning from other community artists.

  • Develop and manage artist contracts and keep a thorough database of all contacts.

  • Attend events, projects, and meetings on behalf of Community Arts by ZK, where appropriate.

  • Attend steering meetings

  • Lead volunteers and work experience students on art projects.


  • Work alongside staff to contribute to the development and stainability of Community Arts by ZK.

  • Undertake appropriate training as agreed.

  • Actively participate in monitoring, evaluation and appraisal.

  • Be responsible for risk assessments for all projects.

  • Ensure Community Arts by ZK’s policies and best practices are adhered to, such as health and safety, equal opportunities, safeguarding and artistic and social policies.

  • Be aware of the sensitive needs of our community and the ability to build rapport.

  • Work and attend evening and weekend events and meetings as related to the duties of the post.

  • This post requires an enhanced disclosure and Barring Service check.

  • Attending workshops to support artists, volunteers and evaluate and manage projects.

  • Anything else that may be required to meet the objectives in line with the role.

  • A strong passion for helping marginalised, deprived, or vulnerable communities.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a creative, or similar discipline.

Knowledge and Understanding:

  • First-hand experience, or a deep understanding, of issues faced by minoritised communities, such as those relating to race, class, resident status, and gender.

  • A good understanding and knowledge of a range of arts work in community settings, or equivalent work experience

  • Ability to develop and sustain a range of partnerships and networks.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects with a common goal.

  • Awareness of the need to balance and manage the priorities of a wide range of stakeholders and partners.

Skills and Experience:

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.

  • Excellent artistic skills and a passion for sharing this with other people.

  • Organisation and time-management skills for meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

  • Arts project management and planning.

  • Strong team working orientation, with the ability and social skills to work collaboratively with staff and
    partners at all levels.

  • Highly organised with strong project management skills.

  • Political sensitivity and ability to apply good judgment in decision-making.

  • High level of initiative, efficiency, and self-motivation.

  • Willing and able to work flexibly to support events or meetings as and when required.

  • Must have authorisation to work in the UK

Desirable Attributes and Experience:

  • A passion for art and creativity.

  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.

  • Excellent teaching skills.

  • Experience of managing arts delivery, including events, in a variety of creative settings and in areas of low engagement.

  • Organisational and time management skills for meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

  • Team player, eager to understand the work of the wider team and the organisation’s ambitions.

Personal Attributes and Skills:

  • Self-motivated and able to work effectively under pressure.

  • A passion for the arts and creative community practice.

  • The ability and confidence to work with a wide range of people and as part of a team.

  •  Excellent communication skills both written and verbal. 

  • Excellent IT skills, particularly using Microsoft and other software on Apple Mac computers

  • Knowledge of creative software such as Adobe Creative Suite is desirable.

  • Understanding of digital technology including social media.

  • Ability to work flexible hours.

  • An understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • A full UK driving license and own transport is essential.

  • Exceptional creativity and innovation, accuracy, and a keen eye for detail

  • Self-Motivation and enthusiasm

  • An interest in the creative arts industry and community arts

  • Experience working within the creative arts sector or within the community

  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.

  • Creative and proactive.

  • High level of initiative, efficiency and self-motivation.

What we can offer

Community Arts by ZK’s headquarters are based in a newly renovated mill, 'a modern, state-of-the-art building' right in the heart of Pendle. We have brand new facilities with Mac Computers and a bespoke office layout. You will get your own desk space with computer and access to the business centre’s facilities. With a gym in the building, you will get a discounted price, accessible free parking and fantastic transport links. We will offer a variety of training and networking opportunities and you will regularly get the chance to meet renowned artists and makers from across the world. If you want to work in a luxurious and modern building and make a difference to the lives of people in Pendle, then this role is for you.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your CV and Cover letter to

Deadline for applications: 11th Aug at 5 pm. Interview dates: Week commencing Aug 21st

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