Camden Spark is recruiting a Programme Manager

Are you a self-starter experienced in cultural education leadership and development? Do you have experience of working with senior staff and governors in schools to develop their cultural learning offer? Can you write compelling copy and successful funding applications? Do you have a keen interest in charity strategic planning and governance? If you can answer ‘yes’ to at least three of these four questions, we want to hear from you!

We’re looking for a Programme Manager to support Camden Spark to achieve its strategic and operational aims over the next two years and beyond. Join us at an exciting time in the life of this ambitious Cultural Education Partnership.

Click here for the full job description, person specification and how to apply.

Closing date 12 August 2019

Get Your Folk On

Get Your Folk On!    Creative summer school for musicians aged 9–19    Monday 12 – Friday 16 August   Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY  A week packed with folk music, song and dance, built around your skills and your ideas, led by top folk artists. This friendly and flexible course gives you the space to develop your skills, learn something new and play with other young musicians.  For all instrumentalists – whether you’re able to play a basic tune (so not an absolute beginner) or are more advanced and looking for new challenges. No folk experience is necessary and all instruments are welcome.  £160 (£100 concessions)   More info and booking

Get Your Folk On!

Creative summer school for musicians aged 9–19

Monday 12 – Friday 16 August

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY

A week packed with folk music, song and dance, built around your skills and your ideas, led by top folk artists. This friendly and flexible course gives you the space to develop your skills, learn something new and play with other young musicians.

For all instrumentalists – whether you’re able to play a basic tune (so not an absolute beginner) or are more advanced and looking for new challenges. No folk experience is necessary and all instruments are welcome.

£160 (£100 concessions)

More info and booking

Job vacancy: Interim Project Lead

Start date: mid-January 2019

End date: 31 March 2019

Reporting to Richard Harrison at Regent High School, Chair of Camden Spark Board.

Camden Spark’s vision is for all children and young people to benefit from a cultural education and have access to the fantastic creative assets of Camden and London.

Our aims are:

• To give all children and young people living, or being educated, in Camden the capacity to access the breadth of high quality cultural and creative experiences around them so that they can progress in their lives

• To support children and young people to develop their talents and interests to progress into Further Education, Higher Education and employment

• To lead the conversation on the importance of cultural and creative education for all young people in Camden

Camden Spark context:

Camden Spark has recently been awarded Challenge London funding from A New Direction, to support the charity to achieve ongoing sustainability by 2021. In addition, a 0.5 post at Camden Council has been recruited to support the delivery and development of Camden Spark’s activities.

Reporting to the board, the interim Project Lead will support the charity’s work to cement its theory of change model arising from our successful Challenge London bid, help to identify where capacity is needed in the organisation, and take a lead in suggesting further opportunities that will support the organisation’s development.

Your services:

• Review our successful logic model and lead on turning this into a theory of change

• Identify SMART objectives for at least the first year of funding

• Review the strategic and operational needs of the organisation and propose an appropriate staffing structure to deliver our commitments

• Review our engagement with core and potential stakeholders and suggest ways in which this may be enhanced

• Support the Chair of the Board of Trustees to review and enhance the charity’s governance arrangements

• Provide administrative support for the Board of Trustees, drafting and circulating key documents.

• Work with the Arts Development Officer at Camden Council who is overseeing the delivery of the charity’s activities.

If you would like to register an interest in this work, please apply in writing enclosing a CV and, in no more than 1,000 words, describe how your experience, professional networks and aptitude would enable you to the fulfil the Project Lead brief effectively.

 All enquiries regarding this role should be directed to Richard Harrison, Chair of Camden Spark Board, via the email address below.

Deadline for expressions of interest: Friday 18 January at 12.00pm

Please e-mail all completed declarations of interest to r.harrison@regenthighschool.org.uk.

Proposed start date: W/C 28 January 2019

Fee: £350 per day for up to 15 days between January 2019 and March 2019. This work is offered on a freelance basis, payable by invoice.

Camden Spark projects: Creative Arts Industry careers events

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Two creative arts industry careers events have taken place recently, highlighting the variety of professional career opportunities available to young people. 

The first was for students studying Art, Btec Art, Btec Performing Arts, Photography, Media, and Film at LaSWAP and was held at the Acland Burghley Assembly Hall.

Students had the opportunity to hear from and speak to a range of professionals and guest speakers, including Keir Starmer, and learnt about different roles within the creative industries. In all, representatives from twelve varied organisations were involved with the event, including:  Roundhouse; The Poetry Society; The Jewish Museum; October Gallery; The Place; WAC Arts; Cockpit Arts; Goldsmiths Centre; Into Film; Warner Brothers; Almeida and Camden Apprenticeships.

Feedback was incredibly positive with 78% of the students that participated saying they were likely or very likely to research more into the careers/ or sector they had earned about and 89% of them feeling more confident about a career in the creative industries sector after the session.

Then, on 11th June, Inspire! facilitated a series of Careers Talks for Year 8 students at Maria Fidelis School as part of their careers day, funded by Camden Spark.

The talks showcased the wide variety of job roles available in the Creative and Cultural Sectors. The Careers Talks supported a number of Gatsby benchmarks including:

• Benchmark 2 (Learning from career and labour market information)
• Benchmark 4 (linking curriculum learning to careers)
• Benchmark 5 (encounters with employers and employees)

Students watched presentations and took part in activities with four volunteers from a diverse range of companies: BBC (media production), Lendlease (architecture and technology), Self Made Hero (publishing and marketing) and a freelance actor (performing arts).

Student feedback was, again, positive with 84% agreeing that they enjoyed the Careers Talks; 79% agreeing that they learnt about a wide range of careers relevant to their interests and aspirations and 75% agreeing that they now understand more about how the courses they are studying relate to the wider world of work.

New London Architecture / Haverstock school project

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New London Architecture was delighted to welcome Year 12 from Haverstock School for a Digital Design session at the end of the winter term 2018. We gave the students an insight into the daily life of architects and how they use CAD software to perfect their designs. Students were given an interactive talk around the new London model and visited the studios of international practice Make. They then completed a workshop to introduce them to digital design software Sketch Up and used it to create their own designs for a new home for the London model.