Job Title: Artist Access Assistant
Location: Midlands-based strongly preferred, ideally North Birmingham. National & International travel required. Primary UK locations include Birmingham, London, Newcastle, Bradford, Cambridge and Nottingham. Applicants will have a full in-date passport. A driving license and vehicle would be great, but is not required.
Expenses: All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered. A Per Diem will be provided for any overnight stays.
Fee: 11 weeks at £540/week.
Time Commitment: July through November 2022 + January through March 2023.
Start Date: 4th July 2022
The Artist Assistant will support Selina as she delivers new work, Twine, a project commissioned by The Yard, Live Theatre, Theatre in the Mill, Nottingham Playhouse, and Cambridge Junction that explores adoption, parenting, and the placement of the state in the most intimate places in our lives. You will work closely with Selina on this project and accompany her and Associate Artist Toni-Dee on residencies and other related activity. When the team is on the road, you will be the connect between Selina, the rest of the team, and our venue partners. Selina’s formal diagnoses include General Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar II disorder, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Temporal Lobe epilepsy. Frequently, this makes working challenging, and the role of the access assistant is to make working as comfortable as possible when we are able to do it, but to also provide support and firm boundaries when we are not. It is a role that wrestles with cancellations, lateness, triggers, and stress – and it is an indispensable role for getting anything made.
We do not expect you to have formal qualifications and training, but you should be comfortable with and have some knowledge of Neurodiversity and Mental Health. You will be required to travel nationally in a pastoral and supportive role, and will work with care and access needs as one of your core purposes. A good primer to get a sense of the approach that we take to this work would be Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarrasinha’s Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice.
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