Inverness Openarts Artist Facilitator

Closing date 8 December 2021

Wasps wishes to appoint 4 Artist Facilitators to deliver a monthly programme of open access, visual-arts drop-in sessions in Inverness. Titled ‘Inverness Openarts’, the sessions will run as part of an exciting new community outreach project designed to support wellbeing, promote social inclusion, and increase accessibility to artmaking for disadvantaged groups in the Inverness area.

In alignment with its commitment to support artists’ creative and professional development, Wasps wishes to appoint a mixture of recent graduates (0-3 years’ experience) and experienced working artists (3+years). Each session will then be delivered by a pair of Artist Facilitators; one new graduate and one more experienced artist, enabling collaborative working, mutual support, and joint learning.

Opportunities for professional development will be available through paid training and partnership working with public/third sector organisations.

About Wasps 

Wasps is a charity and social enterprise which has been operating in Scotland for 44 years. Wasps is now Scotland’s largest provider of supported artists’ studio space, supporting 1,000 creative individuals and organisations at 20 buildings across the country, from Shetland to Selkirk.

Wasps believes that art has the power to inspire, educate, and transform lives. Our aim is to be an inspirational home for creative practice, enabling Scotland’s artists to realise and share their talent and skills with the communities in which they work, and across the world. To achieve this, Wasps supports our artist tenants with more than just space. We organise exhibitions, open studios, markets and residencies in our buildings, increasing opportunities for our tenants to make a living out of their art, and engage with the public.

Wasps is committed to recruiting based on merit, and to the principles of equality and diversity. We highly value the benefits of having different points of view and experiences represented by the people who work with us. Accordingly, Wasps welcomes and treats equally the applications from minority groups relating to – but not limited to – race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender, age and physical limitation.

Project Background

Inverness Creative Academy is Wasps’ largest creative hub in the North of Scotland, based at the much-loved Midmills buildings in the centre of Inverness.

Work on Inverness Creative Academy started in 2018, and its final phase is on site and due for completion later in 2021. This £6m major new creative hub for the Highlands is already home to 34 working artists, and a range of exhibitions, events, and workshops in Phase 1. The completion of Phase 2 will create an additional 80 working spaces for creative industry professionals and organisations, including flexible co-working workspaces, as well as a public gallery, meetings and events spaces, and a café.

Inverness Creative Academy provides an opportunity for Wasps to support community engagement – which we will do through Inverness Openarts.

Please download the job information pack on the Wasps website for full information including details on Inverness Openarts, person specification and key responsibilities.

Recruitment process

To apply to be an Inverness Openarts Artist Facilitator, please submit an artists’ CV (including examples of your work) and cover-letter detailing why you are applying and how you meet the requirements of the post, along with the contact details for two referees to: [email protected]

Please title your email submission: Private & Confidential: Job Application

If invited for interview, in order to assess candidates’ abilities, applicants to the Artist Facilitator role will be asked to prepare a 5 minute presentation which demonstrates their approach to supporting creative engagement.

Successful applicants will be required to undergo a Disclosure Scotland check.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Wed 8 December 2021.

Interviews will be held week commencing 15th Dec 2021.

Further details about Wasps Studios can be found at: and on the Inverness Creative Academy website here:

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