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Join Us. We are hiring a Creative Producer

Are you our new part-time Creative Producer?

We have been awarded £155,850 over two years by the National Lottery Community Fund to:

  • Develop a community-led arts strategy through significant engagement with people across Carrick
    Run monthly events in the Town Hall that are open to all and help to bring the arts strategy to life.
  • This work is led by two Creative Producers sharing a full-time role. We are currently recruiting for one Creative Producer to share this role with our existing part-time Creative Producer who has been in post since November 2022.

Who this role reports to: Positive Carrickfergus Board – Lee Robb, the founder of Positive Carrickfergus will provide support, development and guidance as line manager
Hours per week: 17.5 hrs per week
Working days: The successful candidate should be available to work on a Thursday or Friday with the existing Creative Producer, as well as another day and a half each week, preferably on a Tuesday or Wednesday.
Salary:  £17,500
Holidays: 25 days per annum and 12 public holidays
Pension: 5%
Contract Term: Permanent, subject to funding – initially for until September 2024. Probationary period of 6 months.
Location: Positive Carrickfergus Talking Shop with some home working
How this role is funded: National Lottery Community Fund
This role is not a traditional community development or arts producer role.

Positive Carrickfergus has been developed in an emergent way, deeply immersed in the context of our town and community. We listen carefully, working with what is emerging through the relationships we build to engage people and build confidence that the community can deliver changes that we want to see, rather than waiting for others to do it for us.

Other people’s work that inspires and informs us

We are inspired and energised regularly by the work and thinking that we see happening across the world. It’s important to us that we acknowledge those people who have inspired us, and it will be vital that the successful candidate connects with this work.

You do not need to understand this work in detail to apply for this role, but you might like to do some further reading to understand what we’re about, what will be expected of the successful candidate as they deliver this project, and whether we are the right organisation for you.

We have been strongly influenced by the work of the International Futures Forum in how we have defined this role and, if you are interested in applying, we recommend that you read what they say about the Creative Producer competencies.

We have also been influenced by the following writers and these specific books in how we do things and what we do:

Adrienne Maree Brown – Emergent Strategy
Rob Hopkins – From What Is to What If: Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want
Jon Yates – Fractured: How We Learn to Live Together
We are part of a wider movement of organisations and initiatives that are helping to build the ‘Citizen Story’ outlined by Jon Alexander in his book, Citizens: Why the Key to Fixing Everything is All of Us.

Our approach to creating the conditions for positive change in Carrick is underpinned by systems thinking and practice and Cormac Russell’s work on Asset Based Community Development.

Role Purpose

We are excited and grateful to have received funding for this role from the National Lottery Community Fund and believe it presents an amazing opportunity to prioritise community and creativity in Carrickfergus and make a real difference to how we see ourselves and what we believe is possible.

Specifically, the purpose of this role is to work with the current part-time Creative Producer and the Positive Carrickfergus Board and the community to lead on:

building strong, trusting relationships with people and organisations so that all our work is led by what people want for Carrick, and invites people to get involved and take the lead where they can
the development of an arts strategy for Carrickfergus that is community-led, seeking expert input when necessary
programming and managing events in the Town Hall and our Talking Shop ensuring that they are showcasing the talent in Carrickfergus as well as demonstrating what is possible in a future Carrickfergus
setting up and facilitating a steering group of artists and representatives of arts and community organisation to support event programming
communications including creating digital and physical content that demonstrates transparency about what we are doing and why we are doing it, creates connections and builds confidence in the community to lead on making Carrick a great place to live and work
developing new projects that emerge from our relationships and from opportunities that we help to create
fundraising, monitoring, and evaluation including managing tenders and contracts
managing our premises in The Courtyard, Scotch Quarter
managing our finances including the budget for this project alongside the Board, in particular, our Treasurer.
reporting regularly on progress, issues, risks, and opportunities to our Board
representing Positive Carrickfergus at meetings and events.
Your approach to working with people and your behaviours will be essential to the success of this project and role. We are looking for someone who:

Is self-aware – you understand your strengths and make space for others to support you when you need help
Demonstrates humility – you know you don’t have all the answers – and that is an opportunity to connect with others who might
Has faith in the future and can inspire others who may be despairing
Has the capacity to lead within a system and wants to contribute to building a system where leadership is shared
Is careful and responsible with their power and influence
Prioritises context – you respond to context with appropriate and relevant ideas and proposals rather than focusing on models or ideas which are less likely to make sense or thrive in Carrick
Is rigorous in their planning and delivery, doing things to a high standard and taking care of themselves and others, understanding that rigour is vital in building trust and confidence.
All applications will be assessed to determine the extent to which the applicant demonstrates and evidences the following essential criteria. The desirable criteria will be used to select those candidates we will interview should more than four people meet the essential criteria.

Essential skills and strengths:

If you have these skills and strengths, you are more likely to enjoy the day to day demands of this role:

Significant experience of working with people in a relational way as part of a wider community
A strong understanding of the context in Carrickfergus
A heart for building community, the arts and Carrickfergus
Experience of programming arts events
Excellent communication skills
Willingness and ability to work outside normal office hours to deliver events
Creative, with the capacity to turn ideas into action
Strong planning and organising/project management/event management skills and experience
IT literate
Experience of managing budgets
Desirable criteria

If you also have the following understanding and experience, you will do well from the very beginning:

Existing connections with the community and key stakeholders in Carrickfergus that can be built on as part of this project
Experience of working with freelancers and contractors
Experience of monitoring and evaluation
Experience of fundraising and managing grants
Experience of creating digital content and communicating through Mailchimp and social media channels
Experience of writing press releases and working with traditional media
Strategy development
Ready to apply?

Send the following to positivecarrickfergus@gmail.com by midnight on 2 June 2023.
A covering statement (no more than two sides of A4) that clearly demonstrates how your skills, knowledge and experience meet the essential criteria (and the desirable criteria, if relevant) listed above.
An up-to-date CV.
Contact details for two referees.
We may approach your referees before the process has concluded. If you’d rather we didn’t let us know when you apply.
What about the interview format?

We expect interviews to take place on/around 16 June 2023.
We may ask you to deliver a short presentation as part of the interview process.
We hope to be able to do face to face interviews in our premises on The Courtyard, Scotch Quarter. We can also do interviews online and will ask what you prefer if you are invited to interview.

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Around the Town is a first of its kind festival for Carrickfergus organised by a collective of local musicians and event planners. We have 22 events spanning 9 days with a broad range of music and events to suit everyones tastes – launching with the Grampian Orchestra and finishing with Anna’s Number!

The festival originated via Positive Carrickfergus and our monthly conversations for musicians and creatives as they worked together on an arts strategy and program of events for Carrickfergus Town Hall.

It became apparent quite quickly that a festival was on everyone’s minds and with the skill, experience and momentum in the room, it felt like a wave that we needed to ride while it was with us.  Here we are 6 months later with a crammed program of local music in venues across the town, each event hosted by a local musician or performer showcasing the life and passions of musicians Around the Town. 

The festival is supported by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Department for Communities and National Lottery Community fund.

Tickets are various prices and some events are fee – all tickets can be purchased via the link below

Makeup along with me

Join Sophie from Littlesophmakeup to work on your summer look. This is an opportunity to bring your makeup along with you and get top tips for application, hear about new products to try and how to refresh your look for the summer. No matter what age you are or what your experience with makeup, Sophie will guide and advise you on looks that will improve your confidence and enhance your inner beauty. Perfect for beginners or those wanting to push their makeup skills to the next level.

You will need to bring your own makeup and a mirror, any under 18s will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Whole Loada Balls - bingo & cabaret

Whole Loada Balls was a whole loada fun!

Dejavu Promotions really pulled out all the stops for what one person described as a ‘slightly bonkers’ night.

Cabaret, dance, game shows; from Country classics to Scooter and Nicki Minaj to Westend belters – nothing was off limits for Bill ‘The Thrill’ Buchanan and friends.

Thanks to our volunteers, last minute stand in ‘sound man’ James, caretakers and those groups of friends who brought the party atmosphere – you know who you are 🐦

Don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list for latest events and festival news – details in our bio

Rumour has it this isn’t a one off – long may the bonkers nights continue 💕

Thanks to everyone who made sure they were having the best night and dont forget to check our photos from the event on our instagram page. 

Lynn

 

 

Join us for a jam packed evening of performances as people take to the stage showcasing their acts. Ranging from experienced performers with new material and new performers braving the mic for the first time, there will be a full evening of entertainment that wont disappoint.

The event will be cabaret style with bring your own bottle (and glasses!) to keep the merriment flowing!

If you would like to sign up to perform on the night then click the link

Drawing with Charcoal Workshop

Saturday 18th May 2024


We are so lucky in Carrickfergus to have such talented artists living in and around our town. This week we were joined by Lisa Puhlhofer who ran an amazing workshop introducing us to working with charcoals. You can see more of Lisa’s work here.

Even though the Town Hall and Civic Centre was closed for a military event, we were grateful that Mid and East Antrim Borough Council were still able to accommodate us in the education room in the museum and we had the benefit of being serenaded by bagpipes and silver bands.

It turned out to be quite an intergenerational event, with several of our participants coming with their parents or young adult children. It was great to see some returning faces to our workshops and lots of new ones too! After some experimenting with different types of charcoal and mark making the group had a go at a still life using their new skills and techniques. 

We are thinking about our autumn craft and art workshops now, so if you have any ideas we would love to hear them, even more so if you would like to run a workshop in partnership with us.

Lisa

A Magical Day with the Flower Fairies

Saturday 27th April 2024

The Town Hall was absolutely bursting with activity on Saturday, not only was the Acoustic Evening a resounding success, but earlier in the day some of our younger residents had the opportunity to flex their creative muscles with local artist Debbie Fitzsimmons as they had a Magical Day with the Flower Fairies.

The children got a chance to make fairy swings for their gardens, paint fairy doors and make special fairy perfume from locally grown flowers. the young people were totally enthralled through the two-hour workshop and had lots of ideas about future art activities, including dragons and horse themed events. We would love to hear from you if you have any ideas about what you would like to see happen – just get in touch.

We hope that the fairies enjoy their presents as much as we all enjoyed making them! There are loads more photos on our Instagram page.

 

Lisa

 

Spring 24 Acoustic Night

Another cracking evening in Carrickfergus Town Hall with our Acoustic Night packing out the space. The space, looks well on a sunny evening with low lighting, cabaret seating, coloured bottles with metallic foliage decorating the silver tables and all catching the last rays of golden hour in what is typically a large beige hall.

We had some great chats with people inside and outside the venue about how great it is to have events on our doorstep and how much you all love the ‘bring your own bottle’ element to our events. You’re welcome and thanks for letting us know what matters so we can keep doing it! We love watching everyone have a great time and feel at home in the space with full charcuterie and wine bottle coolers. 

Thanks to all who made the event the success it was: volunteer crew, PA technicians, performers, security and the ever faithful janitors who keep the space ship shape. 

Thanks to everyone who shared their story with me and dont forget to check out photos from the event on our instagram page. 

Lynn

Calling fashion and bargain lovers!

Holy Trinity Church are hosting a Pre-Loved party for pre-loved womenswear on 26 April from 7-9pm.

Tickets are available at the door for £5 which includes 2 free items.

 

Spring 24 Vinyl Market

 

As always, Belfast Record Fair brought sellers with a huge variety of vinyls, you could spend hours sifting through them and find many, many gems. 

In an attempt not to spend all my money, I bought 3 in the end, I spent the afternoon asking people what they bought and why and it was probably the most joyous part of my day. Emotional, reflective, reminiscent conversations about youth, movies and growing into adulthood were pretty much the main content. It reminded me of why I love vinyls and why I am building a collection, even though I dont listen to them all the time. It’s the reasons behind the music, the time in my life that it takes me to, how those songs make me feel because of where I was when I first heard them. I have a library of feelings in my living room. It’s also that they make me feel like Im in the room with the bands, the wide sound of an open room rather than a clean, shiny studio. We all wanna be a rock star, or I do anyway.

Thanks to everyone who shared their story with me and dont forget to check out photos from the event on our instagram page. 

 

Lynn

Brace yourself for the excitement of Whole Loada Balls, a jam packed night of audience interactive entertainment. Join Bill “The Thrill” Buchanan, Ellen McClure and Rhys Devlin as they take to the stage for Cabaret Performances, Live Game Shows and of course Bingo.

Not only will the audience get to enjoy the show, you’ll get to be part of it. Audience members will be randomly selected to join in on the fun Live on Stage, for their chance to win a range of prizes through a variety of classic game shows formats.