University Of Leeds
Are you a creative and inspirational individual with a passion for the intersection between research, co-production with local communities, and the arts? Are you an effective communicator with an ability to work collaboratively with others? Do you have highly developed research skills with experience of evaluating the impact of arts engagement with local communities, using both qualitative and quantitative methods?
The City of Leeds is planning a transformational year for 2023. A ground- breaking, 12-month-long cultural celebration of this extraordinary city is being developed. Working alongside local, national, and international artists and communities, LEEDS 2023 will be for Leeds, with Leeds and inspired by Leeds. It’s an explosion of colour, noise and brilliance that will show the world in our city and our city in the world.
My World, My City, My Neighbourhood is a LEEDS 2023 project that will commission 23 artists to experiment with ideas and ways of working post-COVID to enrich the creative voice within the heart of Leeds communities. Artists have been selected who are based in and from different communities across the city and are representative of its cultural diversity and its 170 languages. Some of the ambitious ideas co-created with communities will be further developed towards the programme for 2023.
Artists will explore and test a co creating method working with each community- and establish what level of agency each community is working at. LEEDS 2023 will support artists to establish the level of agency for each project and to ensure genuine collaboration. The objective is to set the basis for future co-created projects in 2023 and build deeper relationships into Leeds.
The recently established Frontiers Institute—a cross-University platform for interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and partnership—is working with LEEDS 2023 to bring researchers and research ideas into dialogue with the artists and the communities they are working with, for example, on textiles, food, the South Asian and Irish communities, migrants, deaf people in Leeds, green spaces, and transport, mining and working-class history, and many other themes.
We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher, with experience of evaluation in arts settings, to undertake an evaluation of the project over the course of a year. Working closely with the LEEDS 2023 Team, you will interview participants from the different communities engaged with the My World, My City, My Neighbourhood project, evaluate the different co-creation processes employed in the different sub-projects, and produce a report with case studies and recommendations. In addition, you will advise and guide The Frontiers Institute team on ‘what works’ in collaborations with local partners in order to help shape the Institute’s ongoing public engagement programme.
This fixed-term post will give you the opportunity to be part of an exciting collaboration with a large city-based arts organisation, working with local communities, and exploring the ways in which research can impact directly. Co- located with LEEDS 2023, you will gain experience of working closely with external partners focussed on delivering public engagement activities.
To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:
Professor Stuart Taberner, Director, Frontiers Institute.
Please note it is likely that this role will require some face to face/on- site working on the University campus and/or Leeds City Council offices. If you would like to discuss working arrangements in more detail please contact the hiring manager.
Please note: If you are not a British or Irish citizen, from 1 January 2021 you will require permission to work in the UK. This will normally be in the form of a visa but, if you are an EEA/Swiss citizen and resident in the UK before 31 December 2020, this may be your passport or status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
Location: Leeds – Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Professional Services School/Institute: Research & Innovation Service Category: Research Grade: Grade 7 Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 p.a. Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Fixed Term (12 months Fixed-Term – project for a limited period) Release Date: Monday 01 November 2021 Closing Date: Sunday 14 November 2021 Interview Date: Friday 26 November 2021 Reference: CSRIS1202 Downloads: Candidate Brief