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Paid Opportunities for Freelance Creatives

Are you a Keighley-based freelance creative looking for more paid opportunities?

We’re looking for artists, crafters and makers from Keighley who can run public, drop-in workshops around town. These will be mostly for children and families, but may expand to adults too.

These will be action packed days that will give you the chance to meet fellow creatives, local businesses and of course the brilliant people of Keighley!Activity days like this are busy, so you will need to be a well organised person who enjoys a challenge and who is able to make these sessions safe, friendly and above all, fun!

You will also need to have your own ideas for the workshops – making something unusual or something your visitors can take away with them always goes down well!

Ideally, you will also already have an active DBS check but please still get in touch if you meet all the other criteria.

In the first instance, we’re looking for people to run workshop days that will be managed by Keighley Creative and funded by Keighley Town Council (to be in the running for this, please get in touch by 5pm on Friday, 20th of May) but are also looking to create a long term database of Keighley-based workshop facilitators for future opportunities.

To register your interest, please return the form below to admin@keighleycreative.org

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We’re Hiring – Cultural Heritage and Diversity Lead

We’re seeking someone to join our team to lead and co-ordinate our creative outreach and engagement work with Keighley’s diverse local communities.

Keighley is home to long established communities and relatively new communities from other parts of the world including asylum seekers and refugees. We are here for everyone, and this role will help more people get involved and influence our work.

We are moving into an exciting new era in our development as a result of the Keighley Towns Fund, and we want to ensure all our communities have the opportunity to influence and impact on our future plans and programmes, and to be able to engage with the varied arts and cultural opportunities that this increase in funding will bring to the town.

This work is funded by a National Lottery Awards for All grant and is for the equivalent of two days a week for eight months. The salary is £27k per annum pro-rata. Ideally the appointee will start work in July 2022.

The ideal candidate will be sensitive and enthusiastic, experienced in working with a wide range of people and community groups. You will be able to operate independently within a supportive team and Charity environment.

The ability to speak in one of the main local South Asian languages will be an advantage, as will experience of delivering creative work with at least one of our diverse heritage local communities.

The closing date for applications for the post is 5pm on 23rd May.

Short-listed candidates will be notified by 26th May and interviews will be held on 30th May.

For an informal discussion please contact Gemma Hobbs on gemma@keighleycreative

Full details of the post and how to apply can be found here:

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Meet Our Two New Members of Staff.

We are very excited to introduce you to our new Festival and Events Director, Madeleine O’Reilly and coordinator, Cathryn Murray!

For the next two years, Madeleine and Cathryn will plan and develop our annual Keighley Arts & Film Festival, along with a full programme of other events.

Having co-founded Hull’s Assemble Fest in 2013 and with an impressive background in theatre and community arts, Madeleine is the perfect woman for the job, as is Cathryn with her experience developing community workshops.

Madeleine says: “Keighley is such an exciting place, and I really love the spirit of Keighley Creative. I’m passionate about finding and creating platforms for local artists and celebrating places, and there are so many possibilities here.

I’ve got loads of ideas. But I want to make sure they’re in tune with people here. I’m really hoping to talk to as many people as possible, find out what people are interested in; find out what people want to see, and also talk to artists as well because there are so many ideas that are already here.

I’m just really excited to start.”

Look out for more announcements about the Keighley Arts and Film Festival over the next few months!

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Big Night Out Announced for Keighley’s Women!

On Saturday 12th March, we’re bringing you an evening of FREE, showstopping entertainment to celebrate International Women’s Day in Keighley.

You’ll be celebrating with with:

• The Fingersmiths (Live Blues / Jazz)
• 3 Chord Max (Ukulele Band)
• Nabeela Ahmed (Multilingual Poetry)
• North Wind Tribal (Belly dancing)
• Bracelet Making with Sally

All Women, Including Under 18s, Welcome.

Doors Open: 7:00pm
End: 10:30pm

Free entry – booking strongly recommended.

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‘Following Threads’ Exhibition to Launch at Bradford Industrial Museum

On Saturday 26th February, our “Following Threads” exhibition will open to the public at Bradford Industrial Museum.

From prints to photography, recycled objects to paintings, you’ll be able to catch a variety of work centered around the theme of industry and our environment all created by 13 of our resident artists.

This captivating exhibition features work by Peat Blagg, Gabriela Boiangiu, Olivia Brearley, Naseem Darbey, Jane Fielder, Louise Garrett, Steve Manthorp, Letty McHugh, Bill Parker, Steve Robertson, Anna Scott, Jan Smithies and Ken Woods.

The exhibition will run until Sunday 29th Jan, 2023.

Bradford Industrial Museum
Moorside Mills
Moorside Road
Eccleshill
Bradford
BD2 3HP,

For opening times, visit https://bradfordmuseums.org/venues/bradford-industrial-museum

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Monday Group: February-April 2022

We have a new set of sessions starting on February 14th, Yippee! This set of sessions is looking at, and making collages and papier mache.

This amazing, year long programme is run by Ailsa Lewer and Carine Brosse, and its for people and their carers and loved ones who are living with dementia and other long term neurological conditions.

This set of sessions is eight week long, and you can join in part-way through- you just need to chat to Ailsa first. It really is the best fun!

For more info, and Ailsa’s contact details…

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We Are Recruiting For Two Exciting New Posts to Run the Keighley Arts and Film Festival

The Trustees of Keighley Creative, an arts, creativity and cultural charity based in central Keighley, are recruiting for two new posts to plan, deliver and evaluate our annual Keighley Arts and Film Festival (KAFF) and other related events throughout the year.

The two posts, a Festival and Events Director and a Festival and Events
Coordinator, are funded for two years, with a possibility of two further years extension. The post-holders will be an important part of our well respected and fast- growing organisation and join our existing group of committed creative leads.

You will be joining Keighley Creative at a very exciting time for the organisation overall as we move forward with a new building and other expansion plans. We are also ambitious to grow KAFF over the next four years and to increase its profile locally, district wide and nationally.

For full details please contact fiona@keighleycreative.org
For an informal discussion please contact jan@keighleycreative.org

Closing date for applications: 28th February 2022
Interviews will be held on 7th March 2022

We will send out interview requests to short-listed applicants by 2nd March 2022

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New Chair of Trustees Sought

Keighley Creative is about to enter an exciting but demanding new stage in our evolution as one of the major creative ventures locally and in the wider region.

We have secured significant funding of around £2.8m to purchase, refurbish and equip a new creative hub based in the centre of Keighley and support the expansion of the Keighley
Arts and Film Festival as well as our other creative ventures.

There are also major opportunities that have recently been confirmed to extend our partnership working with bodies such as our District and Town Councils, the local Further Education college and Channel 4 as well as many local community and statutory organisations. We are also actively involved in Bradford’s bid for the UK City of Culture 2025.

We are now seeking a new Chair to drive forward the organisation at what is a crucial stage in our development. Working with our strong team of Trustees, freelance creatives, and volunteers the ideal person will have significant leadership experience of taking major initiatives forward at Board level.

You will also need to share our values and passion for our Town and its people, and the opportunities a major creative organisation will bring.

Keighley is a diverse town, and we encourage applications from people with diverse personal and professional backgrounds although a strong commitment to the arts, culture and creativity is important too.

Please contact Fiona Sherburn on Fiona.sherburn@btinternet.comfor a job description and person specification.

For an informal discussion about the role and to learn more about this exciting opportunity please contact the Vice Chair Georgina Webster (07484 64406) or Fiona Sherburn (09854 909906).

Applications by CV with a supporting statement which should set out why you are applying andthe skills and experience you will bring to the role.

Deadline for applications 30th October 2021

Interviews 11th November 2021

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New Exhibition!

Letty McHugh (one of our fantastic studio holders!) and Jess Kidd (a brilliant local artist!) are exhibiting together in a new exhibition titled Worth.

Do come along and see Jess’ new paintings of Keighley, and Letty’s seven metre long banners inspired by our textile and family histories.

Gallery open on Mondays and Thursdays, 11am – 3pm, and Saturdays 10am – 4pm. Last day is 16th October.

The gallery is an easy access space, all on one level and near to the train and bus station.

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THE FESTIVAL IS NEARLY HERE!!! Yippee!

8th – 10th October, a whole long weekend of fantastic fun and events! Free or low cost throughout. Have a look at our programme and get involved… There is something for everyone 🙂