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Producer (Immersive Arts)

Closing Date: Wed 28 February, 17:00 GMT

On this page

  1. Before you apply
  2. Job description
  3. Application process
  4. Working at Watershed
  5. Watershed Values

Applications

Please apply online, or alternatively, download the application form in Word and email it to hr@watershed.co.uk.

Do get in touch if you would like any of this information, or wish to apply, in another format.

Please do not include your CV as it will not be considered. Please put all relevant information on your application form.

Before you apply

Watershed's first value is Inclusive – We listen to and learn from our community, creating equity and addressing harm where it occurs. The information below lays out some of the steps we are taking to create a more inclusive recruitment process. Many of these steps are new to us, so feedback and questions are very welcome.

You may not have worked in a cultural organisation before, or in an organisation like Watershed. Please still consider applying as many other sectors offer transferable contexts.

If you are from a background that is underrepresented in the culture sector - for example you are from a community that experiences racism or you are a disabled person (as defined by the Equalities Act 2010), or you did not go to University or had free school meals as a child - and you would like support to articulate how your experience is transferable to this role, you can book time with us to discuss it. We will ensure the person you meet is not involved in the recruitment process. Please request this by emailing hr@watershed.co.uk (we will not ask you to disclose your background).

We believe our work will be stronger with greater diversity and welcome applications from those who bring balance to our team. Watershed welcomes the whole person to work, and we understand that each of us brings our experiences, our backgrounds and our own unique lens to what we do. Supporting our staff means they are not appointed to represent specific groups or organisations.

Job description

Position
Producer (Immersive Arts)
Grade
2
Salary
£34,364 per annum
Hours
Full time
Contract type
Fixed Term - Contract runs until 31 Jan 2027

Purpose of job

Immersive Arts will convene, commission and support a new wave of artists to make and share extraordinary immersive work. The programme brings together two universities, four producing venues and UK-wide expertise from organisations with specialist expertise around inclusion, training, showcasing and research. The partners - Pervasive Media Studio (Watershed, UWE Bristol, University of Bristol, England), Wales Millennium Centre (Wales), Nerve Centre (Northern Ireland), Cryptic (Scotland), Crossover Labs, Unlimited, XR Diversity Initiative and Immerse UK - are united by an ongoing commitment to support artists and reach audiences while building equity in the sector. 

In three years, we will commission over 200 artists to engage, experiment and explore the possibilities of immersive technology. We will create inclusive opportunities for artists of all backgrounds, from across the four nations and multiple languages of the UK to bring their creativity to the fore. Through an integrated programme of research, we will capture and share insight and learning about what works best for the wider sector. We will establish a powerful network of practice and exhibition within which a distinctive UK immersive arts sector can emerge and flourish.   

Immersive Arts is supported by a new funding consortium; the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Arts Council England, Arts Council Scotland, Arts Council Northern Ireland, and Creative Scotland. We aim to act as a creative catalyst, raising profile and ambition, and generating a culture in three years that becomes the foundation for the next twenty.

Read more in our latest News Post.

Main responsibilities

  • First point of contact for artists based in England, brokering connections and signposting opportunity.
  • Drafting briefing documents for our opportunities and supporting the assessment process for artists applying to our opportunities.
  • Producing workshops, training sessions, peer to peer networking and public sharing events.  
  • Leading relationships with the artists attached to Watershed; helping them to define their vision, identify audiences and ensuring access to structured and bespoke support. 
  • Managing the Watershed delivery budget in line with Watershed teams and systems and in dialogue with Programme Partners.
  • Feeding in local context to national programme and learning from partners to evolve our own practice in line with the aims of the programme.  
  • Work with partners’ Communications Departments to contribute towards the production and publishing of marketing and publicity material.  
  • Working with the Research Team and partners to support the evaluation and learning outcomes.   
  • Support the legacy of the programme through consideration of how learning can feed into other areas of work. 
  • Represent Watershed and the programme at events/receptions/conferences.  

Key performance indicators

  • Artists on the programme are well supported and connected to opportunity so that participation has a positive impact on their career development.
  • Work that the Artists on the programme create is original and relevant to audiences (as demonstrated through engagement and critical feedback).
  • Programme strands are well delivered; including production plans, contracting, risk assessments, health and safety (including safeguarding), budgets and cash flow.  
  • Commissioning opportunities are structured and communicated well and all agreed processes, principles and policies for decision making are implemented consistently.
  • The principles of the programme and Watershed are embodied and there is active learning where mistakes are made.

Essential criteria

  • Experience of producing projects with artists who are experimenting with new technologies.  
  • Experience of relationship management and working within partnership projects. 
  • Experience of managing budgets. 
  • Able to communicate clearly - presentations and conversations with stakeholders form a significant part of the role
  • Understanding of how artists work and the support that they need in developing new work. 

Application process

Closing date:

We will be conducting short interviews with all applicants who meet the essential criteria. A shortlist will then be invited to a longer second interview.
 

First round interview / presentation (if relevant): -

Second round interview: -

Working at Watershed

Find out more about staff benefits, our values and more about our approach.

Access

Watershed will work with candidates to ensure their access needs are met during the interview process and will ensure access requirements are not a factor in decision making. 

Equal opportunities monitoring

We are striving to understand more about who applies to work with us. At the end of the application process we invite you to complete our anonymous equal opportunities monitoring form, which will not be shared with anyone involved in the recruitment process.

Opening hours

At full operation, Watershed is open seven days a week, including Bank Holidays (Christmas Day and Boxing Day are the only exceptions). Watershed is a public building, which operates a diverse range of cultural and commercial activities. The post holder will need to be comfortable working in this environment.

Watershed Values

As a registered charity and social enterprise, Watershed has well-established brand values. We seek to apply our values in everything we do and ask staff, partners, suppliers and collaborators to do the same.

Our values are:

  • Inclusive We listen to and learn from our community, creating equity and addressing harm where it occurs
  • Transparent We share our approach openly and clearly, working at a pace which enables everyone to participate who wishes to
  • Responsible We use our resources generously and sustainably, considering our impact on future generations
  • Kind We are careful and caring with ourselves and with others
  • Hopeful We celebrate culture, creativity and wonder as paths to a better future

Watershed is a Social Enterprise Mark holder. Social Enterprises are businesses whose products and services create both social and environmental benefits.

Closing Date: Wed 28 February, 17:00 GMT


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