Kickstarter Opportunity: Young Artist in Residence

We'll shape a personalised activity plan for each of 3 postholders: they will offer variety & substantive learning, and develop mutually desirable skills, new business opportunities, & tools for our team. 25 hours per week, 6 month contract

Kickstarter Opportunity: Young Artist in Residence

This role will be carried out in multiple locations, subject to current guidelines. Homeworking, working from the organisation’s facilities at the Chief Executive’s home at EX17 5BX, and working at onsite delivery locations for projects and workshops, anticipated in mid-Devon, especially the Crediton area.

The Development Assistant(s) will:

b5880b3e258e385086590f9d9c3823d752becec1.jpegWork closely with the Chief Executive and various relevant colleagues, to develop and advance growth areas of the business, particularly anticipated to include:

Communications content for our website and social media including, but not limited to: identifying craft based community projects, planning a schedule of content for our various communication channels, developing content: written and video, that engages previous course participants in ongoing craft activity for their well being OR supports the acquiring of new contracts and grant awards 

Programme Development 2021-22 priorities include: a programme for young people, repackaging current activities to be socially prescriptible, and a programme connecting previous course participants with emerging or ongoing projects with us and other groups, and a project about the heritage of textile crafts in the Crediton area 8af895dc9045626512c0f80d0fd321b9cbefa99f.png

Programme Delivery. We have doubled our workshop delivery in the last year, and expect growth to continue, esp re: young people. For the right candidate, activities may include workshop planning and tutoring. 8fe4000253bf0de474a225d2bc5fb1036aaed8d4.png

Resource review and research. Significant Seams has substantial tangible resources that could be better used or exploited with: Inventorying and editing, and development of considered plans


Maintain administrative documents. Work with the Chief Executive and artist associates to ensure course materials are presented in a professional way, and materials are ready for workshops and events. This area of work may vary from working with the Brand Director (remotely) to apply the brand rules and guidelines to documents, presentations, social media content and online tools to preparing, and where applicable posting, materials and kits for workshops and events with artist tutors, depending on the skills and experience of the postholder

Essential skills, experience and qualifications 

Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills essential, including empathy, Commitment to high standards very important, Reliability essential, Flexibility/Adaptability essential


Experience/skills related to one or more textile or art based practice strongly desirable, Insight or lived experience of mental health challenges, directly or in others, is considered a potential asset, Understanding of and proficiency with a range of computer applications for business is essential: applicants unique profiles all considered. Priorities include Google drive, google sheets, Excel, Mailchimp, social media for business, wordpress. Ability to work in design software, present a design portfolio an advantage. Ability to communicate how experiences, qualifications, and skills will contribute to our organisation is essential. Sense of how the role might contribute to your development and advantage.

Applications must be made via a referral from a DWP Job Centre based Work Coach. Applicants must meet the criteria of the Kickstarter scheme. Find out more here: 


Catherine West

Catherine West

I weave my various interests, experiences and skills into a purposeful life. Over 20+ years I have worked across the creative industries and in all aspects of arts administration, with substantial experience in marketing, project development and fundraising, and a particular passion for creative learning and the arts’ role in health and well-being.

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