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We’re looking for a freelance Designer to join the team for our Young Creatives project.

We’re looking for a freelance Designer to join the team for our Young Creatives project. Working with a group of young people and with Director Sam Holley-Horseman, you will create the design for a public performance taking place at Contact in April 2022.

The designer is a crucial role in creating an exciting, inclusive and accessible experience for the sharing of the final work.

We imagine the audience going on a journey between each individual performance piece, perhaps framed as a living history museum, and we are looking for a designer who can help us create design details to help shape this experience. There may be some design elements needed for the individual pieces of work that the participants create.

We are not expecting someone to design a full theatre set – when working on this project you might e.g. design a pathway to take the audience around the space, or a doorway that frames a performance experience.

About Young Creatives

The Young Creatives Project is collaboratively presented by Contact and GMCDP (Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People). The project gives time for young disabled people to share lived experiences, research the history of disabled protest and develop creative skills.

They are working towards staging the less well-known history of the Disabled people’s movement – 102 years of history fighting for the rights of disabled people. With performances at Contact in April 2022 and contributing to an exhibition at PHM in July. 

The group are still in the process of creating their individual performance pieces (eight in total) which will be shared as a collaborative final piece on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 April. Some of the work may be shared in person, others may be pre-recorded or shared live via Zoom. The designer would work with the group in realising the final vision for their work.

Sam Holley-Horseman

Lead on the Young Creatives project, Sam Holley-Horseman is an re-emerging ND/ disabled Director, Writer and Access Consultant with a focus on developing new work with Deaf/ND/Disabled artists, creating sensory theatre and embedding creative access. Click here to find out more.

About you

You will:

  • Have experience working with young people on creative projects
  • Have knowledge and experience of creating sensory theatre work
  • Have experience in creating accessible work for participants and audiences
  • Have an enthusiasm for sharing and creating work focussed on disability art and activism
  • Have a valid DBS check

We particularly welcome applications from disabled, deaf and/or neurodivergent Designers.

How to apply


Send a cover letter (of no more than one side of A4), video or voice note

which includes:

  • Your name and contact details
  • What interests you about this project
  • Relevant experience and visual examples of your previous work

To Rose Sergent – rosesergent@contactmcr.com / 07587 051528please get in touch if you have any questions.

Fee: £1500 (inclusive of planning meetings)
Design budget: £1000
Deadline for Applications: Monday 31 January, 10am

Contact has a long-standing commitment to diversity in its programming, producing, staffing and community engagement. We actively seek applications from the widest range of people and from all sectors of our community.

Contact is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. For all successful roles, we require an enhanced disclosure and barring certificate as part of our recruitment checks.

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