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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

D+G Area Arts Convenors - 4 paid opportunities

Commissioning Opportunities – Area Arts Hub Convenors x 4 (Dumfries and Galloway)
(£24,000 per contract lasting 21 months - starting January 2014)

1.    Area Arts Hub Convenor Annandale and Eskdale
2.    Area Arts Hub Convenor Nithsdale
3.    Area Arts Hub Convenor The Stewartry
4.    Area Arts Hub Convenor Wigtownshire

Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Arts are delighted to announce four commissioning opportunities in Dumfries and Galloway for the role of Area Arts Hub Convenor.

The role of Area Arts Hub Convenor is one of the key ‘connectors’ within the new structure that will support and develop the arts in Dumfries and Galloway into 2015. The role convenes and chairs gatherings of artists and interested individuals at area level, maintains a database of local artists and interested individuals on behalf of the Chamber of Arts and supports local and area-wide projects. The Area Arts Hub Convenors will also help ensure that communication flows smoothly between the arts sector, audiences and key organisations such as Dumfries and Galloway Council and Creative Scotland. 

See Area Hub Convenors (AHC) bottom left and follow up through diagram

There are four Area Arts Hub Convenor commissions available, one for each of the following areas within Dumfries and Galloway: Annandale and Eskdale; Nithsdale; The Stewartry and Wigtownshire. The commissions will be overseen by a Regional Arts Convenor (also a commissioned role) who reports to and facilitates the Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Arts.

The commissioning process will be managed though the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) web portal. To receive the brief you must be registered as a supplier on this website, and must either be self-employed or registered as a company. 

The brief will be released to selected registered suppliers via the PCS website from Monday 4 November 2013. The deadline for return of submissions will be 12 noon on Friday 22 November. Interviews for shortlisted suppliers will take place on Friday 6 December in Dumfries.

Use this link to register on the PCS website as a supplier and complete your Supplier Finder profile by Sunday 3 November to receive the brief on the release date:

Make sure you also email with subject line Area Arts Hub Convenor to let us know you have registered. Failure to do so may mean that we will be unable to send the brief to you.

Note from The Commonty (not 'official') Don't be mislead by the reference to 'Hubs' in the job title of these commissions.....those who have been following the development of the new arts-led structure for the region will be familiar now with the idea that these Convenor roles effective replace the Hubs as formal organisations.The way we understand it, it will be the job of each Area Convenor to coordinate, inform, connect, advocate for, represent the creative sector in their area at regional level ie to support creative practitioners/venues/orgs to access and use the regional structure for their own development and the overall development of the sector in D&G. How they choose to do this will be largely up to them based on their knowledge and understanding of their area - they may choose to hold regular open meetings as per the former Hub model - or they might think another way of connecting with people locally is more effective.

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