Project Manager for Medway Light Festival - Vacancy

Job type

Fixed term

Emergency Exit Arts working with Medway Council and in partnership with other Kent based organisations, are organising a Dickens inspired light festival in February 2021

We are looking to recruit a freelance Project Manager to work on the project. Ideally you will be based in Medway with good contacts in and around the area. Previous experience in putting on outdoor events, light festivals or other relevant experience will be useful, as you will partnership working with communities in the area.

This role is suitable for someone looking to increase their experience in producing outdoor live events with community engagement at the core of them. Contact with diverse communities is a key part of this role, therefore a personable attitude and enthusiasm for people would be a great asset! Candidates who define as BAME or disabled are particularly encouraged to apply for this role.

The role is expected to be around 35 days between October 2020 and March 2021 for a total fee of £4,500.

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Please send a covering letter outlining your previous experience, and an up to date CV. Or send us a short (2 min) video. Please send to [email protected] with the title “Medway PM”. Deadline for applications Friday 2nd October midday. Interviews (on zoom) Weds 7th Oct afternoon.

Background Information to Light Night Festival

Light Nights will be a spectacular festival of light. Over two nights (12 & 13 February 2021 tbc) Rochester Castle and the surrounding spaces will be transformed by works of light created by professional creatives and community participants, celebrating the life and labours of Charles Dickens and his contemporaries and their continued relevance to contemporary social issues 150 years after his death.

The festival partnership is inviting suitably qualified individuals or organisations to take the role of Festival Producer.

The festival will coincide with the presentation of Gaia at Rochester Cathedral following the success of Museum of The Moon in early 2020.

The five aims of the festival are:

  • To engage high-quality artists to create excellent light-based art installations, to contemporise Dicken’s life and works to resonate today.
  • To deliver a brilliant creative learning programme that engages our communities, young people, and their creative potential with the science of light and art.
  • To invite new audiences to connect and learn through arts and culture by experiencing extraordinary work, reimagining Medway.
  • To ensure that Medway’s creative and business community benefit by investing in artists, providing a platform for talent, welcoming audiences, and showcasing Rochester.
  • To strengthen Medway’s creative partnerships, driving high quality and meaningful collaboration and co-production that supports our emerging cultural strategy and our bid for UK City of Culture 2025.

Paving the way to City of Culture 2025 The festival is co-produced by a Medway-wide creative partnership that will commission Medway’s creative sector alongside national and international artists to develop and showcase Medway’s creative talent. The festival will support the creative and tourist economy, whilst developing our community's resources creating an inclusive and accessible spectacle for everyone.

A Medway-wide festival partnership The role of the festival partnership is to oversee the commissioning of high-quality local, national and international artists, to work alongside our young people and communities, to deliver an incredible experience that exemplifies and develops our strong partnership in the lead up to our bid for UK City of Culture 2025. The festival partnership includes:

Project Manager

Emergency Exit Arts, who have been appointed as Producer for the project, are recruiting the project manager. The role will need flexibility and is likely to include:

  • -Liaising with community group, schools, businesses and other partners.
  • -Helping with site visits and location for the creative pieces.
  • -Close liaison with, and updating of festival partnership.
  • -Liaison with creative practitioners in and around Medway, and understanding their needs in order to put on a high quality event.
  • -Other tasks as required.
  • -Organising workshops
  • -Appreciation of and strict adherence to health and safety guidelines.

Ideally, the candidate will have flexibility over their time so that they can work flexibly over the coming months.

Application pack

Role & Project Description (PDF)
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