Freelance Lead Artist/Writer

Young person holds up zine with artwork and digital zine on an iPad smiling.
Inspire Schools

REFRAME: Inspire Schools 2024-25
In partnership with Southbank Centre and Apple

  • £10,000 fee (40 days)
  • Birmingham-based contract

Midlands Arts Centre is looking to recruit an experienced freelance Artist/Writer-Facilitator to lead on a creative programme for five secondary schools in Birmingham.

This person will be responsible for the planning and delivery of creative workshops in schools and will be supported by a variety of additional Artist-Educators throughout.

About the project

The REFRAME: Inspire Schools Project gets students working collaboratively with Artist-Educators to produce a series of digital ‘zines’, weaving poetry, visual art and digital skills to create their own online material, supported by Apple technology. This project aims to inspire young people to take a creative subject for GCSE.

This project is part of a bigger partnership between Midlands Arts Centre (Birmingham), Southbank Centre (London) and Factory International (Manchester) that develops a new creative digital programme for secondary school students.

Creative brief

This post is for a lead Artist/Writer-Facilitator to take their creative brief from an exhibition by the artist Tavares Strachan, There is Light Somewhere, currently on display at the Hayward Gallery in London.

This project aims to inspire students to explore their own histories and communities for new role models and champions.

Read the full creative brief and requirements in the application pack below.


The fee available is £250 per day, inclusive of travel, and is anticipated to include 35-40 days. This is broken down into workshop delivery, planning days, training days and event launch participation.

Application pack: Freelance Lead Artist/Writer

How to apply

Please download and read the application pack.

If you are interested in working with us, please express your interest by providing:

  • Your CV & a short covering letter, highlighting how you meet the person criteria and why you’re interested in the project (max 300 words)

  • A video (no longer than 3 minutes) detailing your experience and how you meet the person criteria and why you’re interested in the project

We want the diversity of our team to reflect the diversity of our communities and we are particularly keen to hear from artist-facilitators from global majority backgrounds.

Expressions of interest should be submitted for the attention of Alison Litherland to [email protected].

Deadline: Mon 20 May 2024, 12pm.

Access requirements and alternative formats

If you require any of this information in another format or have any access requirements to complete your expression of interest please get in touch by emailing [email protected] or calling 0121 446 3200.