An exciting opportunity has arisen to become part of The Cultural Spring team. A nationally recognised Creative People and Places project that has engaged over 50,000 people from across South Tyneside and Sunderland in high quality, accessible, relevant arts experiences since 2014.

Creative People and Places is about more people choosing, creating and taking part in brilliant art experiences in the places where they live. Funded by Arts Council England, there are a range independent projects based in areas where there are fewer opportunities to get involved with the arts, more information can be found here:

Our project is led by the University of Sunderland, in partnership with The Customs House, Sunderland Music Arts & Culture (MAC) Trust, Sangini and The Cultural Spring Charity. We are currently in our third phase of Arts Council funding which takes us to March 2023. Our vision is for arts and culture to be an expected and accepted part of everyone’s lives in Sunderland and South Tyneside. We believe that by working together with our communities we will develop a truly inspirational arts and cultural programme that will increase levels of social engagement, participation and open other opportunities for local people to take part.

We have adapted our programme since March 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes online workshops, craft packs, non digital opportunities and we are looking to re-introduce face to face workshops and Go and See opportunities this autumn. Our learning from our evaluation over the last two phases illustrates that our approaches to engagement and participation works, we continue to build on this for Phase three.

You’ll be joining a small, friendly, committed team with opportunities for professional development.

The job is a busy and varied one, be prepared to be away from your desk. We’re looking for someone who likes people, likes meeting people, getting to know them and creating and / or connecting to arts opportunities. The post holder will be committed to the creation and promotion of excellent arts and cultural programmes that engage and involve participants, encourage new and diverse audiences and enhance the wellbeing of the communities we work with.

The ideal applicant will have:

  • An affinity for working with people in a range of community settings
  • Excellent project management skills with experience of delivering or facilitating sessions / workshops with a range of community groups in a range of community settings
  • Facilitation of community empowerment and shared decision-making skills
  • Be able to drive and has access to a car.

We are offering this role at 37 hours / 5 days per week. There is the potential for this role to be undertaken over 30 hours / 4 days per week if that is preferable, a discussion about this can happen at the interview stage. Please note this tole is Fixed Term until March 2023.

If you require this information in an alternative format, please do get in contact with us.

For an informal conversation or any questions about this role, please contact Emma Horsman, Project Director,

Due to annual leave, availability for conversations may be limited, please ensure you get in touch as soon as possible if you do want to have a chat about this role.

The University of Sunderland has been awarded the Time/ Sunday Times University of the Year for Social Inclusion for 2021, follow the link below to see why!

Location:  University of Sunderland Campus
Salary:  £25,910 to £31,784 per annum
Fixed Term until March 2023
Hours per Week:  37
Closing Date:  Monday, September 6 2021
Reference:  0340-21