Freelance Opportunity to coordinate an exciting new project ‘My Creative Life’ with Creative Lives (funded by Arts Council Northern Ireland)

My Creative Life aims to celebrate creative participation across Northern Ireland through a multimedia project encompassing poetry workshops and photographic portraits by professional artists collaborating with voluntary arts groups resulting in an inspiring publication series. 

This project aims to celebrate the creative groups around Northern Ireland (for example, amateur choirs, theatre groups, painters, dancers, musicians and more) and the difference that their activities make to them as individuals as well as to their community – especially as we emerge from a long period of isolation. This project builds on a model that has been successfully developed by our organisation through work in both Scotland and Wales.

Role description

We are looking for an experienced and confident Project Coordinator to work with Creative Lives to support the delivery of the ‘My Creative Life’ project. This project will bring together experienced professional artists with non-professional participants to collaborate and celebrate two often under-appreciated parts of our cultural ecology: poetry and voluntary arts. Those non-professional participants will reflect the diversity of modern Northern Irish communities and help to tell an important story of the positive wellbeing impacts of creative participation for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. 

Key Actions

  • Work with partner organisations to identify a total of 12 non-professional creative groups. 
  • Work with representative bodies such as Poetry Ireland as well as local authority arts offices to identify and commission three suitable professional poets to join the project and work with the groups around Northern Ireland to support the development of at least 15 new poems from both the commissioned poets and the workshop participants. 
  • Leading on the creation of an anthology of the poems to be printed and also shared online. The publication will feature the poems from across the country and each creative group will have a specially commissioned photo portrait. The photographer will be selected from an open call which will again be advertised through specialist networks and local authority arts offices. 

Expression of interest
If you are interested in the role please send a brief one-side summary of why you would be suitable for the role along with your CV to [email protected]. If you would like to have an informal chat about the role please contact [email protected].  

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy:

We will not discriminate in shortlisting or interviewing on the grounds of your race, colour, ethnic or national origins, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or religious beliefs. To help us monitor our performance we ask you to fill in a confidential monitoring form which will not be seen by the panel involved in the recruitment process. If you apply for this role, please complete this short online questionnaire 


The fee for the work is £9,000 inclusive of VAT.

Deadline: 5pm on Wednesday 7 December 2022