Job Opportunity: Light Up the North Programme Manager

Light Up the North Programme Manager

Fee: £18,000
Fixed-term: November 2019 – March 2021

Light Up the North Programme Manager
This is an exciting time in the development of the Light Up the North network and we are looking for someone to join us for eighteen months to help effect change and take the network to the next stage. This is a new post funded by Arts Council England.

Light Up the North (LUTN) is the first network of its kind in the UK, bringing together 6 light festivals across the North to work together on a range of strategic initiatives. Launched in 2014, our vision is for LUTN to be recognised nationally and internationally as an exemplar of partnership working and as a centre of excellence and best practice for creativity in light art.

Looking to the future, we intend to engage the wider sector, form strategic partnerships and establish a network model that can thrive and fulfil its ambitions. We want to share our collective expertise, capacity and depth of cultural practice to deliver a compelling offer for audiences, participants, practitioners and funders, creating a strong narrative and pathway from one festival to another. Through partnership working our aim is to further advance the light festival sector, supporting the development of artists, production staff, programmers and technical innovations.

Current Partner Organisations:
–  Lightpool & Blackpool Illuminations – Blackpool Borough Council
–  Enchanted Parks – NewcastleGateshead Initiative/ Gateshead Council
–  Light Night Leeds – Leeds City Council
–  Light up Lancaster – Lancaster City Council
–  Lumiere – Artichoke & Durham County Council
–  Lightwaves – Quays Culture, Salford Culture & Place Partnership

The purpose of the LUTN Programme Manager is to drive the growth and development of this network during a crucial period of its evolution. During this period of organisational development, the LUTN Programme Manager will be pivotal in researching and presenting potential organisational models and steering the network through structural change. It is an exciting opportunity to shape and strengthen the future of the network whilst working with festivals, artists and producers in the north as well as nationally and internationally.

The Programme Manager role is funded through Arts Council England and is fundamental to the upcoming intensive period of growth, a driving force that will report to the LUTN Steering Group to ensure the development and delivery of an ambitious strategic plan.

What does the role entail?

As a Programme Manager your main duties will include:

  • Manage the delivery and evaluation of the LUTN annual plan
  • With the partners identify and realise opportunities to increase profile and status of the network across the sectors and other relevant arenas
  • Research funding, prepare and submit applications, administrate and evaluate funds gained
  • Attend each partner Light Festival and support promotion of LUTN network at each event
  • Organise, attend and document LUTN meetings (approximately 8) over the period
  • Organise and deliver the 2020 LUTN conference
  • Coordinate project task groups made up of LUTN members
  • Monitor and report on relevant activity regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Write and disseminate LUTN e-updates
  • Update the LUTN website, monitor and respond to web posts and email enquiries and undertake proactive social media activity.

These duties provide a framework for the role and should not be seen as a definitive list. Other reasonable duties may be required consistent with the level of the post.

Dates of 2019 Festivals
Thursday 10 – Friday 11 October: Light Night Leeds
Monday 14 – Saturday 26 October: Lightpool, Blackpool
Friday 1 – Saturday 2 November: Light Up Lancaster
Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 November: Lumiere, Durham
Friday 6 – Sunday 15 December: Lightwaves, Salford
2019 is a fallow year for Enchanted Parks

Ideally the candidate would attend each of the festivals in 2019 and 2020

What will you bring to the role?

As a Programme Manager you will have:

  • The ability to be highly organised and able to manage a highly varied portfolio of work
  • A good communicator and be able to work with people at all levels
  • A self-starter capable of working independently
  • Experience of working on the development of outdoor art events
  • Experience of:
    – overseeing business and organisational development
    – writing and delivering strategic plans
    – managing projects with multiple stakeholders and timelines
    – marketing and social media
    – fundraising

You may also have:

  • An understanding of light festivals and light artists
  • Experience of
    – managing networks
    – working on the development of outdoor work
    – reporting to a non-executive board previously
    – delivering and organising events including conferences
    – managing and developing databases
    – website management

Remuneration Package: £18,000
Daily rate of £150 for 120 days
With a budget of up to £2,300 to cover travel, attending festivals LUTN & additional festivals

How to apply

Please send a CV, 2 relevant and most recent references and a covering letter, demonstrating your suitability for the role based on the requirements listed under the section ‘What does the role entail’ with examples of your skills, knowledge and experience.

Contact information

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:
Ann Wishart, LUTN Chair
Email: or LUTN website

Criminal record information

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
A criminal record check is not required for this position. However, all applicants will be required to declare if they have any ‘unspent’ criminal offences, including those pending.

Closing date: 10am, Wednesday 30th October 2019
Interviews to be held: Tuesday 5th November 2019
Start date: November 2019

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