National Portrait Gallery
Full-time: 40 hours per week
Fixed Term Contract: 12 months
Hybrid working: 3 days in the office
Working pattern: Flexibility with working hours is required to support delivery of the Access Programme. The role involves onsite at the Gallery and offsite in clinical settings
For this role, we are looking for a highly-motivated individual with relevant experience to champion accessibility at the Gallery. The purpose of this role is to develop the Gallery’s access offer including managing our community partnerships; delivering programmes onsite and through outreach for audiences with access needs; delivering new accessible digital resources & interpretation; supporting accessible training; and championing access, equality and inclusion at the Gallery through advisory and consultative practice. The role works collaboratively across the Gallery to share access expertise and support colleagues to ensure an integrated approach to access across design, interpretation, digital, learning, Communications and Visitor Experience.
The role will manage creative access programmes with our community partners that connect and contribute to sustained audience development, wider engagement and creative participation. This includes managing our long-established arts programme working in children’s hospitals across London, and managing a new arts programme at the Gallery called Studio Hub working in partnership with Age UK, MIND and Portugal Prints. Taking inspiration from the Gallery’s Collection, the role manages arts engagement work with diverse, vulnerable, harder to reach audiences, and reflects their perspectives and responses in imaginative and inspiring ways. Audience focus for this role includes work with young people in hospital, adults with additional needs, learning disabled adults and elders.
The Gallery’s arts programme in partnership 5 children’s hospitals in London has been running for over 15 years and gives young people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to engage in the creative arts whilst in hospital. This established programme has a good reputation and we need a talented individual to design and deliver this, ensuring we are ambitious in impact, practice and advisory work. The programme champions the importance of the arts in the health, vitality and development of young people, provoking curiosity, imagination and creativity, and developing cognitive, emotional and creative skills. Taking the Gallery’s Collection of portraits as inspiration, multi-disciplinary artists lead creative art workshops in hospital for patients, siblings and parents. The project aims to help normalise the hospital experience for young people and supports play, creativity and communication. The role involves championing the arts for health and wellbeing agenda and being a leading advocate for this work. The project demands a collaborative and consultative approach, flexibility and management flair. Our partners are Evelina London Children’s Hospital at St Thomas’ Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Royal London Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Newham University Hospital.
This is an exciting opportunity to join the National Portrait Gallery to champion accessibility at the Gallery and make an immediate impact.
Budgeting, Resources and Working Relationships
Cross Department Working
This is not, however, an exhaustive list of duties and the Gallery’s management may, at any time, allocate other tasks which are of a similar nature or level
Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience
We offer all our employees a competitive benefits package including:
Closing date for returned applications is 9:00am on 2nd October 2023.
First round interviews will take place on Friday 6th Ocotber 2023 and Monday 9th October 2023.
Please indicate on your form if you will be unable to make these dates.
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