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MAC Children’s Artist in Residence

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We now seek to make the following appointment: MAC Children’s Artist in Residence

Job Title: Children’s Artist in Residence

Contract: £10,500 (freelance for 7.5 months)

Location: The MAC, Belfast

Application Deadline: Monday, 1 August 2024 at 5pm


The MAC’s Creative Learning and Engagement team is seeking a talented and passionate artist to programme and deliver bespoke, innovative workshops/events for children, and families.

We use the arts to enable artists and communities to explore the world we live in, and to challenge inequality and injustice. Our children and family workshops creatively engage with these themes especially issues such as mental health, housing, poverty, bullying and discrimination, which impact on children and their development, we also incorporate techniques and themes from our exhibitions and theatre shows.

We are seeking an artist to take on our new role of Children’s Artist in Residence. Our ambition is that this becomes an annual commission which will be openly advertised. As this is a pilot project, this role will initially last from August 2024 - March 2025, with potential for a subsequent open call for April 2025 onwards. We are looking for someone with a passion for children’s arts access and children’s development with a strong individual practice and keen interest in professional development.


Selection Criteria:

  • A minimum of two-years’ experience of delivering educational projects with children, young people, and/or schools.
  • A strong art practice with interest in the creative development of children and young people
  • Experience planning and delivering engaging and inspiring participatory workshops.
  • Experience of project planning, working within budget, and working to deadlines.
  • Background in the arts/arts education


Skills & behaviours

  • Positive, friendly, and open demeanour
  • Confident leading education-focused creative projects.
  • Great communication skills.


We are open to an individual artist applying for this role, or a small team of artists with an identified lead artist.

Selected artists can programme other artists to deliver workshops during this tenure.

For further details about the role please download the application pack and equality monitoring form.


How to Apply:

Please submit the following:

  1. A 400-word personal statement or 2-minute video detailing why you are interested in the role, what you hope to learn and achieve, and elaborating on how your skills and experience are suited to the role
  2. To give us an indication of the type of programme you would like to deliver please outline 6 bespoke workshops / events for November and December 2024.
  3. A two-page CV with two referees
  4. Five photos or videos documenting creative projects you have delivered
  5. A completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (download here)

Applications should be sent by email to [email protected]. If you are sending videos, please use WeTransfer and put ‘[YOUR NAME] CAiR Application’ in the subject line.

If you have any questions about the role, please email Kira Topalian, Creative Learning Officer at [email protected].

The closing date for applications is Thursday, 1 August 2024 at 5pm. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview. We hope to reply to all applicants but if you have not heard from us by 18 August 2024, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Please note that we are unable to consider any applications that do not meet the Selection Criteria or have not submitted all five application items (see How to Apply) or applications that are received after the deadline.