Senior Event Curator & Creative Producer

HemingwayDesign is looking for a Senior Event Curator & Creative Producer who will be responsible for the curation, artistic direction and creative production of all projects in HemingwayDesign events and festival portfolio including Urban Village Fete, Sample, The Drops and The Classic Car Boot Sale amongst others.

The Role:

This role bringing together curatorial and artistic voices includes identifying curatorial themes, suggesting content / “talent” (i.e. performers, traders, F&B suppliers etc), developing ideas, proposals and producing final programming. This role will work closely with HemingwayDesign Partners and the Event Manager to develop and maintain artistic direction ensuring each event meets its artistic objectives and delivers on its KPIs for the client, visitors and the artists engaged. This role will also work on other cross organisational projects as a member of the HemingwayDesign team.

You will be required to create presentations, ranging from powerful pitch decks that can persuasively communicate artistic direction and programming proposals. As a client-facing member of the event team, you will be regularly required to present to clients, able to confidently express the value of multi-arts events and festival as well as creative / conceptual rational and visual qualities.

You will manage the Events Co-ordinator and report directly to HemingwayDesign partners and will be deeply immersed at every stage of a project, liaising with all departments in the studio. Often projects will include working closely with designers, copywriters, photographers, illustrators, marketing agencies and social media teams both in house and externally.

Main Duties / Key Responsibilities

  • To develop an overarching curatorial narrative for HemingwayDesign events and festivals portfolio.
  • To develop multi-artform programmes that achieve the mission and realise the vision for each HemingwayDesign event.
  • To act as curator and lead creative producer on projects, or to form part of working groups, for cross-organisational projects – as directed by the Events Director – ensuring it is delivered to the highest standard, on budget and in a timely manner.
  • To identify diverse artists, curators and creative programme ideas that support the vision for each HemingwayDesign events and grow and engage our audiences.
  • To develop ideas and programming orientated around current debates in social issues and contemporary arts and culture.
  • To ensure the event curation / programme responds and contributes creatively to client briefs and strategies.
  • To implement a smooth process of content / “talent” booking and maintaining relationships with high profile contributors / participants.
  • To line manage the Assistant Curator & Event Co-ordinator – assign and align workloads, produce briefings, regularly review work, feedback and mentor where necessary.
  • To work closely with the Production Manager on project managing and scheduling projects to ensure that all events are achieved within agreed parameters.
  • To manage negotiations and contract terms with artists and other relevant agencies/individuals in accordance with agreed budgets and parameters.
  • To work with the Marketing and Communications team to ensure audience development objectives are met.
  • To build and establish relationships with a range of clients, strategic partners, including artists, curators, cultural organisations, educational organisations, community groups and others.
  • To build and maintain relationships with clients, key stakeholders and funders.
  • To manage programme budgets as agreed with the Event Director and Production Manager.
  • To maintain monitoring and evaluation frameworks to ensure that the programme and its activities and events are properly recorded and evaluated.
  • To ensure regular data collection and analysis to ensure the programme is on track to meet aims and objectives.
  • To evaluate data and prepare material for written reports for HemingwayDesign partners and event clients / funders.
  • To assist with HemingwayDesign’s new business and fundraising activity, by identifying funding opportunities and working with the Development team to draw up funding proposals.
  • To contribute new ideas and creative thinking for all HemingwayDesign projects.

Skills and experience required:

  • Several years of events industry experience is preferred but we prioritise talent and personality over experience
  • A genuine enthusiasm for the arts, knowledge of current design, media, social and awareness of social and cultural trends
  • Highly creative and full of bright ideas with an ability to be versatile, work autonomously and manage multiple work streams and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to build good relationships internally and externally
  • Rigorous attention to detail, high standards and pride in your work
  • Strong communication skills with fluent spoken and written English

Salary and benefits:

  • Salary dependent on experience and skills
  • Four weeks paid holiday plus all public holidays
  • The business operates a four-and-a-half-day week during the summer months of July and August
  • We have two full-time office dogs

How to apply:

Interested in applying for this position? Don’t just send us a CV but show us what you can bring to the HemingwayDesign team.

In order to be suitable for this role it’s important to us that you have an interest in and passion for our shared values of sustainability, social responsibility and using design to improve lives.

What is required:

  • A strong portfolio of comprehensive relevant previous work / projects and how they relate to our practice, and CV with experience
  • Cover letter outlining why you want to work with us, and why you’d be the perfect fit for our team

Please email with ‘Work With Us’ in the subject field.

Application deadline:  17 December 2021

No telephone calls or agencies please