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‘Post Age’ – Artist Opportunity

50+ Festival Care Home Project ‘Post Age’

An exciting opportunity for an artist to work alongside the Arts Development team as part of this year’s Aberdeen’s Older People’s Festival.

Artist’s Brief
1. Background
Aberdeen City Council has held a festival for the older citizens of the City for nine years. The festival offers a range of activities, from rock climbing to sugar-craft with the aim of encouraging active participation from the older citizens 50+ age range.
As the festival has grown over the years the project evaluators have identified that activities offered to care providers in the city generally are non participatory. Events have been offered to provide residents in care with entertainment over the festival period.
In recent years, research has shown that Art in health and social care can:
• Develop self-confidence and self-esteem
• Improve staff and patient relationships and morale
• Improve social skills
• Help communication on many levels
• Decrease social isolation
• Enhance mental and physical health and well-being
• Develop creativity in the workplace
• Improve sensory awareness and physical dexterity
• Provide opportunities to develop new skills
• Enhance the environment of health and social care facilities

2. Project Objectives
The 50+ Events Officer, working with the Arts Development team are delighted to be able to offer this new exciting project “Post-Age” within 10 residential care homes in Aberdeen City. The project will engage both residents and care providers by offering opportunities for participation in creative activity which will inspire and challenge, enabling individuals to have a creative voice.
The project aims to:
• Enable residents and care workers to discover and develop creativity with the support of professional artists.
• Raise the profile of the benefits of creative activities in a care setting and beyond.
• Use participation in creative activities to build self esteem and self confidence.
• Provide opportunities to develop new skills.
• Help to decrease social isolation, and increase social interaction

3. Artist’s Role
The artist will work closely with a Community Arts Officer to plan and facilitate the project across the 10 city care homes.
Jesmond Care Home Argus Care
Beach Court Four Seasons Healthcare
Rubislaw Park Church of Scotland
Rosewell Aberdeen City Council
Nazareth House Catholic Church
Tor-na-dee Care Centre Southern Cross
Hawkhill House – independent owner
Fergus House Aberdeen City Council
Grandholm Nursing Home Aviemore Care Limited
Cranford Care Centre Southern Cross

The lead artist will ideally already have experience of working in community and /or health care settings.
Working closely with the Community Arts Officer and care providers, the successful candidate will plan and facilitate the creative development and delivery of the project. The artist must be able to work on their own initiative and have the ability to communicate well with both residents and staff playing a key role in the smooth running of the project.
Throughout the project the artist will have access to art materials and equipment and potentially a shared studio space with the arts development team. The artist will encourage participation from residents by creating an informal atmosphere where reminiscence is used to develop a dialogue between participants in other care facilities through the use of postcards. It is envisaged that the artist will have the opportunity to work on a one-to-one basis with individual residents as and when required.
To achieve the above objectives the artist will need to:
• Create a pleasant, supportive environment to support the needs of the residents who will have a wide range of interests, skills and abilities.
• Consult with residents, staff and council officials to inform of the projects development
• Work closely with all partners involved
• Assist with the monitoring and evaluation of the project
• Adhere to all data protection policy and procedures
• Have a clear PVG certificate for working with vulnerable adults
Personal qualities/ experience
As the lead artist you will have experience of working on community arts projects, ideally in arts and healthcare, or can demonstrate that you have an aptitude for this kind of work.
You should be a professional artist with an interest in developing new skills and techniques. You will have a passion to enthuse others to participate in creative activity. You should be confident in using a wide range of media.
You should have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work on your own initiative.
You will have experience of project planning, delivering on time and on budget, working with a range of partners and report writing.
A full current UK driving licence would be an advantage although not essential.

4. Timescale
Post-Age will commence with the appointment of the lead artist no later than the 30 September 2011. The project will run for a 3 month period.
As the lead artist you will be required to work with a Community Arts Officer and Care providers to set up a programme to cover the 10 care homes over the 3 month period.

5. Finance and Contractual details
Artist fee
The lead artist will be paid an hourly rate of £20 per hour for contact time and £10 per hour for preparation time. A total fee of £3000 is available. This will be paid monthly via BACS. The artist should submit a monthly invoice to Aberdeen City Council, Arts Development Team at the end of each month.
A budget has been allocated for materials including printing and publication of £2000.
Artist contract
The lead artist will be contracted through Aberdeen City Council’s Arts Development for a period of 3 months on a self employed basis. Artists will only be paid for hours worked and no additional allowances will be available for holiday pay or sick pay.
The lead artist will be responsible for compiling a final project report at the end of the 3 month period.
The Post-Age project will be managed by Arts Development, in partnership from the 50+ Events Officer, Social Care and wellbeing, 10 care homes listed and Social Care and Wellbeing Contracts and Commissioning Managers.
The lead artist will report directly to the Community Arts Officer, who will provide support for all matters relating to the running of the project.

6. Application Proceedure
Artists are invited to submit a letter of application stating their reasons for their interest in this project and detailing any relevant experience.
• An up to date CV no more than 2 sides of A4
• An artist statement no more than 1 side of A4
• Visual documentation of your own current art practice up to 6 images.
Please send letters of application along with the above documentation to Elspeth Winram, Community Arts Manager, Aberdeen City Council, AECC, Ground Floor, Balgownie One, Conference Way, Bridge of Don. Aberdeen. AB23 8AQ. Email ewinram@aberdeencity.gov.uk

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday 26 August 2011
Interviews will be held on 8 September 2011

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