At Magic Me, we believe in the vital role of arts and creativity in care settings to support wellbeing, build community and reduce loneliness and social isolation. We are committed to supporting care homes navigate the challenges brought by COVID-19, as it continues to drastically impact the lives of residents, staff and families.
Inside Out 2021 will match three artists with care professionals from three care homes in Waltham Forest, East London to work together in collaboration. Drawing on knowledge, skills and expertise, the artist / care staff partnerships will explore and experiment with new creative approaches to improve the daily life and culture of each care home during this time. Inside Out 2021 will build upon our longstanding commitment to communities within Waltham Forest as developed throughout our programme, delivered in partnership with care homes, extra care schemes and schools, engaging families and individuals of all ages living in the borough.
We are keen to hear from a diverse range of candidates with different perspectives, experience and knowledge and will work with you to support your access needs.
We welcome and encourage applications from Black and Asian candidates, and those from other minoritised ethnic communities. Our board and staff are actively working on a new anti-racism strategy. We believe by improving the diversity within our organisation and our artist team, we will improve the quality of our work. We recognise that our artist team does not reflect the culturally diverse communities we serve.
About the Role:
We are looking for 3 artists to work with us from March – July 2021. This opportunity would suit artists who like to work in collaboration with others and who are also proactive and motivated when working independently. It would suit artists keen to experiment and explore new ideas, who can be adaptable and flexible in changing times, and for whom inclusion is at the heart of their practice.
Magic Me has experience of working with artists from across a huge range of art forms, from photography to theatre, dance to puppet making, illustration to live art. We are not looking to commission existing or fully formed projects ideas, but to attract applicants with confidence adapting different art forms within their practice, an eagerness to try new things and come up with creative solutions.
A connection to the borough of Waltham Forest would be an asset for an artist coming on board this project, however this is not essential criteria for the role. The majority of this work will take place remotely, however should COVID-19 government guidance allow (and artists feel safe to do so) socially distanced meetings / workshops could be a possibility.
For the full Artist Brief, more info about the project and details on how to apply:
Magic Me Inside Out 2021 Artist Brief & Recruitment Pack
Please also complete our Magic Me Monitoring Info Sheet
Deadline is 10am Monday 8th February 2021
Short-listed artists will be invited to a meeting over video call to take place on Monday 15th or Tuesday 16th February. Our first full cohort meeting is scheduled via video call w/c 8th March.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch via email or telephone:
Sarah Watson – Project Manager
07463918718 (available to chat 10-6pm, Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays)
[Above Image: Resident and member of care staff dancing, Artist Residencies in Care Homes with Duckie, photo by Roxene Anderson 2016.]