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Early Years Emerging Artist (freelance role)

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Job title: Early Years Emerging Artist

Contract type: Fixed term freelance contract

Salary: Total fee payable – £2,400

Closing date: Friday 4 June 2021 at 12 noon

Job summary

We are recruiting an early career artist to work as part of an innovative cross-genre team of artists and Early Years Advisers, positively contributing to the creative experiences of children and families across Scotland. The successful candidate will support the development of a multi-disciplinary suite of high quality creative resources which will encourage children and families to engage with stories, songs and rhymes. These resources may be digital or physical and will extend, enrich and promote stories, songs and rhymes that are at the heart of the Bookbug programme.

This role would suit someone who is at an early stage of their career as an artist and is committed to gaining experience of working creatively within community settings. It is a flexible role which will include mentoring and training opportunities, allowing the individual to explore and develop their creative practice.

The Emerging Artist will be expected to work across the project, gaining experience of collaborating across art forms with a range of creative and community professionals. The role will be integral to the development of innovative resources for Early Years education and family settings. The Emerging Artist will work within a diverse multi-disciplinary team, drawing upon a range of creative practices (for example, but not limited to, drama, dance, visual arts, crafts, creative play, storytelling, music making, etc.).

Key Activities of the Role

Who Are You?

The Project

Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years team have been awarded funds from Creative Scotland’s Youth Arts Targeted Fund(this will open in a new window). This fund not only gives young people across Scotland access to high quality music and arts opportunities, it also supports and provides job opportunities to freelance musicians and youth arts practitioners during this incredibly difficult time.

This specific strand of the project will involve the emerging artist – in partnership with 4 established artists – working alongside Early Years advisers and families to develop a suite of specialist resources. These will extend books, songs and rhymes into other art forms and particularly support the specific needs of the target groups of children identified. This includes, but is not limited to, those affected by Autism, Additional Support Needs, English as an Additional Language and Travelling Communities.

Artists will be recruited from a broad range of disciplines and may create resources in a variety of mediums (for example, but not limited to, drama, dance, visual arts, stories, rhymes, crafts, play activities etc.) to extend from the stories and rhymes that are the backbone of Bookbug activity – encouraging families to play with ideas and be introduced to something new through the familiarity of Bookbug.

Other information

Introduction to the Bookbug programme

The Bookbug programme is developed and managed by the Early Years team at Scottish Book Trust, a national charity changing lives through reading and writing. The Bookbug programme is delivered in partnership with organisations and Early Years professionals across every local authority in Scotland.

Funded by the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland, we deliver universal and targeted programmes to help families and carers with children under five to share books, songs and rhymes with their babies and young children.

You can read more about Bookbug on our website.


We expect the majority of this work to be carried out remotely using Zoom or Microsoft Teams with the possibility of some face to face meetings to be conducted at Scottish Book Trust Offices in Edinburgh and within different Local Authorities across Scotland (depending on the location of the Artist and the Early Years Advisers), if COVID-19 restrictions allow.

Timeline & Budget

This is a 12 month fixed term project. Total fee of £2400.

It involves 16 days of paid work across a 12 month period (pro rata for hours worked at a rate of £150 per day).

Your time will include: induction, training, meetings, 10 days’ worth of work with EY Advisers on researching, creating and testing resources with target families, and evaluation activities. Mentoring programme participation, research and reflective practice.

Equipment and travel

The Emerging Artist will be required to have their own PC, laptop or tablet computer and a reliable WiFi connection to conduct project meetings using Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

If travel is required to meet with project team members from Scottish Book Trust, reasonable costs will be covered.