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Contact is the leading UK arts organisation to place young people’s leadership and decision-making at the heart of everything. Contact are looking for four passionate and enthusiastic individuals between the ages of 18 to 25 to be a part of Re:Con, our young Programming and Producers team.  

About Re:Con 

Re:Con originated in 2010. Each Re:Con cohort has delivered incredibly special and individual events, and have brought amazing pieces of work to our programme. Many past Re:Con members have gone onto great and varied careers in the arts – several as successful producers.   

“We increased our knowledge in artistic curation ten-fold. I gained invaluable experience in creative collaboration, teamwork, communication, and problem solving. I formed and maintained professional relationships across different organisations and funding bodies. I also learnt to understand the complexities around tying together the stakeholders’ opinions and supporting the artists’ final vision”. 

Lizzy Onwuka-Okyoe, Re:Con 2021 alumni (Assistant Producer at tiata fahodzi, the UK’s leading British African heritage contemporary theatre company) 

As part of Re:Con you will: 

  • Get the opportunity to be a part of Contact’s decision-making processes, including: selecting the shows and projects we programme; feeding into commissioning decisions; and helping shape what themes our forthcoming productions might follow.  
  • Go and see work: receive a budget to spend on experiencing new work that Contact will consider for their programme. 
  • Produce work: receive a budget and a fee to produce a final event that the whole Re:Con team works on, and lead on this from initiation of an idea to completion.  
  • Undertake masterclasses: in key areas such as fundraising, budgets, and creative producing.  
  • Shadow team members: be a part of key moments in Contact’s programming and producing processes.  

We are looking for individuals who: 

  • Have a passion for new theatre, dance, live art, comedy, music and/or visual art.
  • Have great ideas about the work Contact should programme.
  • Would enjoy developing an artistic project, and logistically and creatively helping to organise this. 
  • Want to develop the organisational and creative skills necessary in programming and producing careers.
  • Have the desire and flexibility to commit to the team over a period of 18-24months, including seeing work, attending Contact led meetings, and developing a project.

Level of commitment and pay:

This year, for the first time, we are pleased to be able to offer small fees to support individuals undertaking this training programme with us. Please see more detail below – we are happy to chat with anyone who may have queries about the fees or time commitment. 

Full time span of project:  

  • To allow the cohort to be able to see their work in programming come to fruition and have adequate time to produce a new event, Re:Con is between an 18-month and 24-month commitment (the duration will be finalised in consultation with the group), so we require applicants to be available from January 2023, to at least June 2024. At the start of the process, the commitment will be roughly a couple of hours a week, but as your final project develops, the commitment will grow.
  • Masterclasses: Re:Con will start with a series of (around 4) masterclasses in early 2023. The masterclasses will be arranged around the selected participants’ availability, and will last no longer than 2 hours each. Fee: The masterclasses are development opportunities, and are not fee paying.   
  • Programming and commissioning meetings: Re:Con members will be invited to attend programming and commissioning meetings (arranged to try and best suit the group) as follows:  
  • Attending programming meetings – throughout the duration of Re:Con (currently held once every fortnight). Fee: £12.50 per hour 
  • Attending commissioning meetings – throughout the duration of Re:Con (currently held once every two months). Fee: £12.50 per hour 
  • Seeing creative work: Re:Con members will take trips to see work, in either two main trips to festivals or online viewing experiences, or a series of smaller visits. Fee: all expenses including tickets, per diems, travel and accommodation will be covered, but this aspect of the programme isn’t fee paying. 
  • Shadowing: if interested, you will have the opportunity to shadow key moments in our programming and producing processes. Fee: expenses covered. 
  • Making your own project: The Re:Con team will organise and creatively oversee the development and delivery of their chosen project. Fee: £2100 per Re:Con member is available for work on the final project, plus additional Contact budget to make the work.  

How to apply:  

Please complete the following short application, by either filling the form in and submitting via the link, or by answering the questions in an audio file and submitting to vacancies@contactmcr.com

Click this link here: Re:Con Application 22

Find the Job Description here: RE:CON Job Description

The deadline for applications is: 19th December 22, noon (12pm).  

An information session will be held: on Monday 12th December 6-8pm (in person, at Contact, and also available online). Please email elizabethtait@contactmcr.com to book a slot. 

Interviews will be held: on the afternoon/evening of Wed 18th and Friday 20th January, between 3-8pm. In person, at Contact and online options will be available.  

If you have any queries about the application or opportunity, please email: elizabethtait@contactmcr.com 

 

An audio version of this information form can also be listened to here: TBC 

  

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 applicants.