RinR Job Opportunity, Manchester Jewish Museum, Deadline 7th Jan

Participatory residency in Cheetham, North Manchester 16/12/15

Partners: Manchester Jewish Museum, Public Works

Two Researchers-in-residence (one PGR Associate, one PGT Assistant) are sought for a new artist residency, funding by the Leverhulme Trust and led by Torange Khonsari, Public Works in partnership with the Manchester Jewish Museum.

The residency is a participatory art project visualised physically through a mobile installation, which will contain artefacts and narratives as well as hosting social events as part of its visual presence. Following on from Joseph Beuys’s social sculpture, this piece goes beyond its artistic remit and transforms into an active repository for shared histories and memory. The art work itself will go through transformations that bridge different disciplines such as art, urbanism and history. The residency will question how by making a connection between the museum and a local park, as a neutral platform for audience development can enhance the museum’s appeal, and also provide the means for co-produced programming in the park.

The residency will produce a portable installation, which will host social gatherings with the aim to collect shared memories, wishes and desires. It will create 3 walks, which will animate the structure and 3 Gazettes that will disseminate the work to the wider community.

Up to two candidates for Researcher-in-residence posts (one Phd and one MA student) are sought to support this work. The R-in-R work programme will include:

  •   Archival research at the Manchester Jewish Museum and elsewhere on local history, parks and relevant collections
  •   Curatorial and exhibition design support and display making
  •   Primary research, including participatory assets mapping, to identify audiences, and

    explore community perceptions and participation practices in local cultural assets,

    including the Manchester Jewish Museum and Cheetham Park

  •   Stakeholder liaison and resource development for participatory activities in the

    project, including events management for the social platforms, and involvement in textiles projects, including banner design and making

    R-in-Rs can be from any discipline and programme in SALC, however you should be able to demonstrate skills and approaches appropriate to these roles. There will be honoraria at R- in-R rates; the work is expected to total around 80 hours for each R-in-R.

    The project will run from 1 February to 30 September 2015 and will be coordinated and supervised by Torange Khonsari, the artist-in-residence, and Dr. Abigail Gilmore, Institute for Cultural Practices. The project also forms part of work engaging community and stakeholder co-production to embed and disseminate findings from the AHRC Understanding Everyday Participation – Articulating Cultural Values project – see www.everydayparticipation.org. For more information on Public Works see – www.publicworksgroup.net

    To apply complete appropriate applications form PGR and PGT (stating why you would like to work on this particular project) and submit with current CV to Abigail.gilmore@manchester.ac.uk by 7 January 2015.

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