Apply to work with the National Trust on contemporary art commissions

Would you like to gain hands on experience, work behind the scenes with National Trust staff and commissioned artists and develop new skills and insight in to contemporary arts and heritage?

Kinder Scout Photo: Andrew Butler / National Trust

Kinder Scout

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Photo: Andrew Butler / National Trust

About People’s Landscapes

Landscapes are witness to movement, displacement, exile, conflict and inequalities; but how can the legacies of those actions be remembered when there are no material remains within these places?

Inspired by the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, the National Trust has launched People's Landscapes, a programme of events and activities, which will explore landscapes where people came together to seek dramatic social change.

More than 50 Trust places around the country will be taking part, but five in particular have been chosen to host newly commissioned artwork by the following contemporary artists:

  • Amber Collective
  • Bob and Roberta Smith
  • Grace Surman & Gary Winters with their children Hope and Merrick
  • Jarvis Cocker working in collaboration with Jeremy Deller and other artists

The early-stage development of the commissions has also received support from Turner prize-winning artist, Jeremy Deller, acting as artistic advisor. The commissions range in content and delivery and will include film-based work, public and community events and exhibition.

The five properties

The five National Trust properties/sites are Kinder Scout in Edale, Derbyshire (working with Jarvis Cocker and artists/curators INSTAR) Tolpuddle in Dorset (working with Bob and Roberta Smith) Dunham Massey & Quarry Bank Mill near Manchester (working with the artist family) and the Durham coast (working with Amber Collective).

All these properties represent landscapes of change, places where women, men, children, workers, activists came together to make their voices heard. Throughout history, these moments have created social change, pushed forward, improved working conditions and even led to the creation of the National Parks.

These commissions have been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and with additional support from Art Fund.

Read more about the People's Landscapes programme

Apply to work for National Trust as a paid Project Assistant

National Trust are looking for four Project Assistants (one per site) to work behind the scenes with the project teams and individual artists, helping us to develop and deliver the commissions.

National Trust are looking for confident, self-motivated individuals who are prepared to be hands on and flexible in the duties given them. All of the commissions involve being outdoors and working in the landscape.

Responsibilities

  • Provide practical 'on the day' assistance to National Trust property staff and/or the commissioned artist during the development phase of the commission, e.g. assisting with key workshop, audience engagement and participation sessions, attending and note-taking at key community meetings and site visits, attending and assisting in production meetings
  • Provide practical 'on the day' assistance to National Trust property staff and/or the commissioned artist during the delivery and exhibition phase of the project, for example attending and working previews or launch days, assisting the artists during install and exhibition days
  • Provide assistance and information to visitors and public during any on-site days
  • Contribute marketing and communication ideas, particularly use of social media tools, around how to attract a young / student audience for the art commissions
  • Provide focused assistance in collecting evaluation information from audiences and participants during events and exhibitions

Dates needed

National Trust are looking to recruit a Project Assistant for each of the four sites below, for a maximum of 5 days (7 hours per day). The dates required vary by site (see specific dates below), but all four opportunities will take place between June and September 2019.

Tolpuddle
One artist engagement day 6 or 7 June, The Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival 20 and 21 July, the install of exhibited work at Shire Hall Dorchester w/c 29 July. One day or two half days with NT staff undertaking audience evaluation and/or developing social media ideas for the art commission on a date to be confirmed.

Quarry Bank & Dunham Massey
Two artist engagement days on 6 and 7 June, one audience engagement day at Manchester Central Library 6 July, the install and launch of work at both properties 12 July. One day or two half days with NT staff undertaking audience evaluation and/or developing social media ideas for the art commission on a date to be confirmed.

High Peak
Two days event support for Edale Country Day 8 and 9 June, launch of artist trail 6 and/or 7 July. One day or two half days with NT staff undertaking audience evaluation and/or developing social media ideas for the art commission on a date to be confirmed.

Durham Coastline
A focused period of five days, helping to set up and manage a 'pop-up' exhibition space in the ex-mining village of Easington. Work will include assisting National Trust Curator Jonathan Wallis to install the work into Easington Methodist Hall and then co-managing the space w/c 24 June including liaising with the public and visitors.

Please note, some of the above dates may change. National Trust will confirm all dates with shortlisted candidates at interview stage.

Interested? Apply by 21 May

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Conditions of placement

  • You will need to be available for the key dates identified
  • You will be responsible for organising your own travel to and from the sites associated with each commission therefore National Trust are looking for student placements local to each area (within a 20-mile radius) Ideally you will have your own transport
  • You will be paid £9.00 per hour (UK Living Wage)
  • Attending a two-hour training session as part of your first day of placement

The qualities and skills National Trust need

  • Arts and heritage enthusiast who can be a positive ambassador for our work
  • Ability to connect easily with members of the public, offering information and gaining their feedback
  • Willingness to ‘get stuck in’, turning your hand to the jobs that most need to be actioned
  • Practical thinker who can help problem solve and swiftly action things that need doing
  • Experience in a customer/ visitor facing role would be beneficial
  • A knowledge of the local area and stories would be beneficial