Opportunity: Is Anybody Listening: Our Time Our Place Programme Manager (Freelance)

Fixed Fee:


Reporting to:


£21,300 (£300 per day/ one day per week/ 71 weeks)

Northwest and hybrid

Curator, University of Salford Art Collection

December 2022 – April 2024


It is a significant occasion for a Northwest artist – Craig Easton – to win Sony World Photographer of the Year (2021) with his series Bank Top, created in Blackburn, as well as second place in the documentary category for Thatcher’s Children, made in Blackpool. Due to Covid19, we were unable to celebrate this achievement within his home region.  

Easton tackles stereotypes and responds to the negative way in which the main-stream media often portrays Northern communities. The relevance of Easton’s work has resurfaced in a new light as communities endure the cost-of-living crisis and face new challenges and segregation. Our Time Our Place is a touring exhibition, engagement programme and symposium delivered in partnership with University of Salford, LeftCoast, Open Eye, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery and the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum. 

A consultation with Salford Youth Council shows that 70%+ of participants said that they want to “capture their own world through photography”. One participant remarked:  

“‘Coz you grow up there they decide that’s what you are going to be. There is always a community to be found. Even in the most run-down areas there is always something there…The people make the place; the place doesn’t make the people.” 

This programme will do exactly that: give young people the skills and support to see the value of their story and learn how to preserve and share it from the inside out .


The Programme Manager will lead and oversee the entire programme ensuring the deliverables and objectives of the project are met on time and within budget. As a direct point of contact with the Evaluator, Communication Consultant, Artists and Partners, the Programme Manager will drive the programme forward, engaging diverse audiences and developing connections between heritage and people.

A lynch pin in the region wide programming including participatory workshops, symposium, mentoring, debate and exhibitions, this person will drive new understanding and facilitate a cultural response to the complexity of the creation of contemporary heritage. The aim is to encourage new audiences to activate their voices for debate, positive action and assert their place and sense of self in a new light.

Key Responsibilities:

The post holder will work closely with external stakeholders and colleagues to plan and implement the programme, supported by the Curator, University of Salford.  Responsibilities include: 

  • Managing all aspects of the work plan, ensuring deadlines, deliverables, budget and timescales are met and on track 
  • Supporting the venues to manage events and exhibitions 
  • Engaging stakeholders and managing relationships from delivery to review of outputs 
  • Contributing to the recruitment of the wider freelancer team, including Socially Engaged Photographers, Filmmakers, Lead Artists, Evaluator and Comms Consultant 
  • Acting as point of contact for young mentees, brokering sessions with the lead artist 
  • Driving the symposium, cultivating interest, content and audiences for sector learning 
  • Leading internal project communications ensuring all partners are kept well informed and engaged 
  • Ensuring the freelancers and partners have clear expectations, roles and responsibilities 
  • Managing risk and provide the evidence for funder draw downs 
  • Working with Evaluator to contribute to the evaluation framework 

Click here to download the full person specification.

How to apply and the selection process:

For an informal chat about the role please email l.a.taylor@salford.ac.uk 

Please send a CV and covering letter no larger than 10 MB to Lindsay Taylor, l.a.taylor@salford.ac.uk by 5pm, Thus 24th November 2022. Please tell us how you meet the experience, skills and qualities outlined in the Person Specification. This should be no longer than 2/3 pages in either Word or PDF.  Please keep your CV  2/3 pages of A4 and include two references from recent or current employers/ clients. All applications will be acknowledged with an email receipt. Should you be shortlisted, we will invite you to interview. We will assess how you meet the experience, skills and qualities outlined in the Person Specification through the application form and interview.  


Open Eye, Liverpool – Exhibition and engagement programme 

January 2023 – April 2023 

LeftCoast and Blackpool School of Art  – Exhibition and engagement programme 

April 2023- June 2023 

Blackburn Museum and Arts Gallery – Engagement programme 

June 2023- July 2023 

University of Salford -Exhibition and engagement programme 

September 2023- December 2023 

Williamson Art Gallery and Museum  – Exhibition, engagement programme and symposium 

January 2024 – March 2024 


A total of £21,300 is available. This includes all fees, materials, public liability insurance, expenses, site visit, evaluation meeting, events, administration, meetings, VAT. The fee will be released in tranches upon invoice and competition of agreed milestones.