Opportunity: Graduate Weaver

For Arts Sake is part of the Orkney Creative Hub, a community enterprise that provides support for artists and creators in Orkney. They offer studio space for artists, run workshops and classes, and have an open gallery space where artists can exhibit their work.

Project Description
There is now a fantastic opportunity for a 12-month graduate placement to help re-introduce weaving on Orkney, by developing a range of workshops and promoting weaving throughout the community.

Role Description

The successful candidate will aim to revive weaving skills, ensuring the craft is retained as part of Orkney’s heritage.
Specific tasks of the placement will include:
• Weave sample cloth.
• Set up a series of regular workshops.
• Design and develop a digital marketing strategy to promote the workshops.
• Hold several events throughout Orkney to showcase weaving.
• Set up external tutor led workshops.
• Establish links with local businesses and college.
• Run tours of the facilities, linking in with the cruise ship market.
• Establish the facility as a destination for tourists.
• Review of marketing activities.
• Identify future opportunities to build on.
• Create handover document.

The graduate will be based at the Orkney Creative Hub, based in Kirkwall.
This position is part funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund.
Minimum HNC level, preferably related to Textiles. Other subjects accepted provided the candidate has the required skills.
Skills / Experience
Essential Skills
• Good weaving technical knowledge.
• Excellent communication skills.
• High level of IT literacy.
• Knowledge of social media for business use.
• Understanding of marketing and its principles.
• Self-motivated, able to work independently on own initiative.
• Creative and enthusiastic.
• Driving licence, preferably with access to own transport
• Commitment to project completion
Desirable Skills
• Computer design skills CAD, DTP, weaving programmes.
• Ability to teach and demonstrate weaving.
• Links to established weaving tutors.
• Loom construction and operational awareness.
• Other weaving skills – tapestry, tablet, inkle-loom

For informal enquiries regarding this position please contact Jan Judge on 01856 850218.

For full details and application form: click on this link
Closing date: 06/09/2018

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