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St Alfege Church Heart of Greenwich Place and People Freelance Illustrator Brief

The St Alfege Church Heart of Greenwich Place and People Project aims to create a step change in how audiences experience the heritage of St Alfege Church. The project aims to connect with local school children and their families, students, history, music and architecture enthusiasts, volunteers and visitors to the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site through a wide ranging programme of community engagement activity, new interpretation and events focusing on three interconnecting themes:

  • Inspirational architecture – exploring and unlocking the architecture, design and craftsmanship of this beautiful building.
  • An extraordinary cast of characters – revealing the stories of the many prominent people associated with the church and the site.
  • The Big Picture – placing St Alfege at the heart of the wider cultural and social development in Greenwich over time.
The vision for the project is to:
  • Reinforce St Alfege Church’s position as a heritage asset at the heart of Greenwich.
  • Open up and make accessible for the first time the church’s hidden spaces and rich heritage to local people, national and international visitors. 
  • Share and celebrate the significance of the church’s story and its place in the wider history of Greenwich through activity programmes, new interpretation and partnership working.
  • Work in partnership with universities and schools to give students inspiring practical experiences to support their curriculum work.
  • Grow a motivated volunteer workforce that is confident in sharing the church’s heritage now and in the future.
The project will enable St Alfege Church to play its part fully in the story of Greenwich, reaching visitors to the area and in the wider community and taking its place as a heritage destination worth visiting in the World Heritage Site. 

St Alfege Church is looking to appoint an inspiring individual to work as Freelance Illustrator to help to deliver this ambition through the facilitation of illustration workshops with local primary schools focusing on the historical and architectural aspects of the church. The workshops will support local children in exploring the heritage of the church and to produce contributions for a competition from which winning entries will form part of the church’s new heritage leaflet.
Reporting to the project’s Heritage Engagement and Interpretation Manager, the responsibilities for the position are outlined below.

  • To develop an engaging participatory illustration workshop focusing on the heritage of St Alfege Church.
  • To enable local children to engage with and to explore the architecture and history of the church through practical drawing activities and produce their own work in response to their experience. 
  • To support pupils in communicating aspects of the church’s story through their work.
  • To ensure participants’ needs are met and all group members feel a sense of achievement.
  • To develop an appropriate creative approach that will easily translate participants’ work to a format suitable for printed materials.
  • To lead the workshops in a welcoming and lively manner which reflects that of the project overall.
  • To support project evaluation as required.
Relevant experience
  • Proven track record of working with primary age children.
  • Knowledge and experience of working on artistic projects using historic collections or buildings as their inspiration.
  • Evidence of previous experience of facilitating participants in the production of work to produce outputs for the wider public.
Timescale for appointment
Milestones Detail Date
Appointment Freelance Illustrator recruited July-August 2019
Start Preliminary work; workshop preparation with church team/ schools August-September 2019
Delivery Deliver 6 workshops with partner schools October-November 2019

Based on the tasks outlined above, the budget for this piece of work should be £2,000 (excluding VAT). This fee includes all travel, research and facilitation costs. A separate budget has been allocated for workshop props, resources and materials.
How to apply
Please submit a covering letter, expressing your suitability for the brief to be no longer than two sides of A4, along with your CV. Please also outline a daily rate that you will apply to the payment available and whether payment includes VAT.
Applications should be sent via email to:
Closing date for applications is: Monday 1 July 2019. Interviews will be held on: Tuesday 9 or Thursday 11 July 2019

Rebecca Parrant, 10/06/2019
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