Project Manager: DRAWDA Urban Arts Project

Project Manager: DRAWDA Urban Arts Project

Saturday, 7 August 2021, 5.00pm

DRAWDA Urban Arts Project – Recruitment for Project Manager.

DRAWDA, a curated multidisciplinary public arts programme will take place in Drogheda, Co. Louth between August 2021, and April 2022. Led by Droichead Arts Centre, in partnership with lead artists/curators Dee Walsh and Brian Hegarty (33-45), Drogheda B.I.D.S (Business Improvement District Scheme), and Louth County Council Arts Office, funded by the Arts Council under In The Open / Faoin Spéir initiative.
We aim to deliver this project across three strands which will draw on Drogheda’s significant rich heritage, mythology and architecture;

1. The creation of five outdoor wall murals by local, national and international artists that are inspired by the town’s mythology, creating an urban art trail;
2. A three-month long outreach programme with schools and youth organisations;
3. An outdoor mini festival over two weekends where communities can work with artists to create their own mini art pieces, and where the local community can visit the murals that have been created and experience our urban art trail.

DRAWDA is a legacy programme, that will continue long after the murals are created. DRAWDA will make use of shared public outdoor streets & walls, and help engage with a new and wider audience. Working with local collaborators, the local authority and key cultural providers, it will create a visual vibrancy and a cascade of colour in the town, reinvigorating derelict public places and streets. The project will be inclusive by working with local communities, and it will support over 14 artists in its delivery.
DRAWDA now seeks to engage a Project Manager who will be responsible for the overall management, and co-ordination, and delivery of the project. The Project Manager contract will run from the 23 August 2021 to the 6 May 2022. The successful candidate will provide their services on a self-employed basis, and will not be exclusive to this project. The PM will be contracted by Droichead Arts Centre, but will work to a steering group made up of Droichead Director, Collette Farrell; Curator, Dee Walsh and Drogheda BIDS Manager, Trevor Connolly.
The main duties attached to this role are:
Project Management: To manage and co-ordinate the project, from planning to delivery, including all administration and schedules.
To ensure that the aims and objectives of the project are being fulfilled.
To deliver the agreed programme of work in conjunction with the Steering Group.
To ensure that all aspects of the project are carried out to the highest standards.
Financial Management: To manage and monitor the project budget and finances, and produce monthly reports for the Steering Group.
Artist Liaison: To liaise with artists, around contracts, planning, schedules, accommodation, transport.
Stakeholder Management: To liaise with all relevant personnel, and maintain communication with all stakeholders for the project, including Louth County Council, Drogheda BIDS, and the Arts Council.
Health and Safety/Production Management: Liaise with local authority, building owners regarding planning permission for sites.
To develop H and S policies/guidelines, and risk analysis for working on sites, both for artists and the public, adhering to all Covid guidelines at the time.
Outreach: To co-ordinate the outreach programme in schools and youth organisations in conjunction with lead artists and Droichead Arts Centre.
Festivals: To plan, co-ordinate and produce the two mini outdoor events for April 2022, in conjunction with the Steering Group, and Droichead Arts Centre.
Marketing and PR: To liaise with external PR/Marketing on publicity and marketing for the project, in conjunction with Droichead’s Marketing and Sales Manager.

Applicant Profile:
3 years’ experience of working in the arts in a leadership and management role.
Previous experience of budget and finance management.
Knowledge and experience of Health and Safety, Risk Analysis and Covid Policies.
Excellent people and communication skills.
Excellent IT and relevant computer skills.
Access to own transport.
Experience of producing and delivering large outdoor projects.

The Project Manager will be based in Droichead Arts Centre as necessary and will work in Drogheda as required. At other times they will work remotely. We anticipate from August – Dec the role will involve 1- 1.5 days per week; from Jan – Feb 2 days per week, March 2 – 3 days a week, and in April 3-4 days per week, and over both festival weekends.
Project Management Fee: €12,000, with a travel allowance of €1000. The contract will run from 23 Aug 2021 - 6 May 2022
Applications: Please forward a detailed CV and covering letter demonstrating appropriate skills and experience to [email protected] with DRAWDA Project Manager in the subject line. Closing date for applications: 7 August at 5pm. A short list will be drawn up, and interviews will take place on Friday 13 August. Applicants will have the choice of being interviewed online or live at Droichead Arts Centre.
Droichead Arts Centre is an equal opportunities employer.

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