There’s a role with our Creative Network

The Creative Network is a key part of the Ideas Test programme.  We want to provide support and development for local practitioners and creative businesses to work effectively and sustainably.  To do this we need the support of a Creative Network Manager to develop and deliver a programme with partners across Swale and Medway.

If you have significant professional expertise in this area and would enjoy the challenge of setting up and delivering this new programme you can download the application details or see them below.

Closing date for this role is 10 am Monday 25 November.
Interviews will take place on Friday 6 December  in Faversham.

We are committed to equal opportunities for all and would welcome applications from anyone interested in working with us.

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Creative Network Manager brief

1. Context

Ideas Test is one of the 18 Arts Council England funded Creative People and Places projects. It is an action research programme which supports new and radically different approaches to engagement with the arts. In August 2012 a consortium of individuals from grass roots organisations in Swale and Medway (the Discovery Group) was provisionally awarded funding of £1.47m from Arts Council England for an application to this programme. This fund aims to support people to experience and be inspired by the arts, irrespective of where they live and their social, educational or financial circumstances. This is a targeted fund, aimed at parts of the country where people’s involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average.

The long term vision for Creative People and Places: Swale and Medway is to find new routes into creativity and the arts, embedded with and led by local people, building capacity in the arts community and creating demand for excellent arts activity. We will work with professional and amateur groups and individuals inside and outside the arts.

“Engaging and re-imagining the arts as valued and integral parts of people’s everyday.”

Our vision is that within ten years Swale and Medway will be known as creative places, where there is demand for excellent local arts activity.

In order to deliver this we will support a Creative Network to provide learning and support for the amateur and professional sector and create the right conditions for innovation, collaboration and serendipity. The Creative Network will be our key tool to identify and deliver learning and support. We will work with partners to add value to existing activity as well as generating stand alone events.

The Ideas Test programme runs until June 2016 and we are looking to work with a Creative Network Manager throughout that time. Initially this contract will be for one year with a possibility of renewal.

During the period November 2013-December 2014 this work will be part funded through the Recreate programme. The Recreate Project is a European funded project (Interreg IVA) involving partners in the South East of England and across the Channel in France. The main aim of the project is to boost economic prosperity by growing new business clusters from the creative industries. The Project will transform vacant commercial and cultural premises into a cross-border network of studio, showcasing and workspaces, populating them with communities of creative entrepreneurs, graduates and artists. New creative industries pop up spaces are planned for Chatham and Sittingbourne and it is anticipated that the Creative Network Manager will work partly from both these locations.

2. Responsibilities:

To deliver against the partners’ aims:

  • To enable and support new and existing creative networks in Medway in Swale
  • To give emerging creative practitioners a firm ‘leg up’ into the industry by increasing confidence, profile and business skills
  • To facilitate and support the development of new creative ideas, ways of working and new thinkingTo share practice, ideas and/or networks with French partners
  • To nurture ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ in Medway and Swale
  • To signpost to existing resources, and work with partners to develop a critical mass of support for the creative community


  • To undertake an initial needs analysis and mapping exercise as the basis for the design and delivery a Creative Network programme across Swale and Medway.
  • Ongoing evaluation and monitoring will be required to report to funders and to ensure the programme remains responsive to the needs of participants.

Activities could include (but are not limited to):

  • Peer-to-peer activities and events
  • Showcasing events for local practitioners
  • Pitching workshops
  • Hacks and idea generation sessions
  • 121 business model development / advice sessions
  • ‘Drop in’ sessionsSector specific events
  • Social events
  • Mentoring schemes
  • International exchange programmes

3.  Applicant skills / knowledge

  • Experience of delivering CPD (knowledge AND practical skills) within the creative sector
  • Experience delivering events
  • A good understanding of the needs of the creative sector in Medway and Swale
  • Knowledge of existing creative networks, and opportunities for network development
  • Budget management
  • Fundraising
  • Experience of working with international partners (desirable)

4.  Practicalities:

Appointment – December 2013
Recreate Activity (12 months) – Dec 2013 – Nov 2014
Review period and evaluation – December 2014
Further delivery and development of the network January 2015-January 2016 subject to contract renewal.

Location: We would expect the successful applicant to be present at Recreate locations in Sittingbourne and in Chatham for some time each week. The Creative Network Manager will need to liaise with the Recreate space manager/s on needs and availability of facilities. You will need to be able to travel to meetings around the area and beyond as required.

Management: you will report to the Creative Enabler and will be accountable through her to the Ideas Test Consortium and partner organisations.

Contract period: Initially December 2013 to December 2014, with the possibility of contract renewal until January 2016.

Fees: Fee in the region of £250 per day inclusive of expenses, approximately 100 days during the period December 2013-December 2014.

Holidays: This is a freelance role so there is no paid holiday entitlement.
Working Hours: Due to the nature of this programme flexibility is required. This will include evening and weekend working.

5. How to apply

If you wish to apply for the Creative Network Manager role please send:

  1. A copy of your Curriculum Vitae or Agency profile.
  2. A covering letter outlining your interest in the role and your relevant experience.  Please pay particular attention to the specification above (max two sides of A4).
  3. Details of two referees for whom you have undertaken equivalent work. We will only approach referees with your permission if you are offered the work.

Please collate the above into a single PDF document titled with your name and the role and email to by 10am on Monday 25th November 2013.