Freelance Consultant Exhibition Content Developer

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We’re looking for a Freelance Curator or Exhibition Content Developer to work in a very collaborative way with the AMP team and Heritage Collective Youth board. The AMP team want to develop a series of creative interpretation displays and pop-ups working with young people involved in the project. This will be to deliver the National Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England supported AMP Kingston: Art, Music and Pop Fashion project.

The successful Curator or Content Consultant should have a basic understanding of the time period of Art, Fashion and Music between the 1960’s and 1990’s to enable them to develop the content. They will be willing to listen and work collaboratively with the Heritage Youth Collective and AMP team. The AMP team includes a Researcher and will also include an Exhibition Designer from April 2023. The role will be to find ways to explore the young people’s ideas and working with the AMP team to deliver and prepare content based on creative responses to the AMP research and 22 oral history interviews. The key responsibility will be to take research from the AMP researcher and develop content from the research such as source images or write text to deliver to the AMP designer. They will support the AMP team in considering ways to present and share the research being collected to encourage new and further engagement with the public. At times they may need to support a specific part of researching themselves to create the content for panels.

The consultant may have had previous experience in creating content for festival pop-up displays, museum displays, exhibitions or touring pop-ups.

About the project

With young people, this project is an exploration of Kingston’s music heritage from the 1960s – 1990s. This heritage will be identified, recorded and accessed in a range of interactive, sustainable ways. Through uncovering this heritage, AMP not only explores some of the most iconic musical acts of the late twentieth century, but celebrates pop fashion, costumes, album artwork, band posters and more.

Three themes have been identified:

  • Art – the rise of artwork in branding and logos for music artists.
  • Music – the musicians and artists themselves but also the promoters who enabled their performances to be seen
  • Pop Fashion – the influence of pop fashion in relation to the creation of musical personas and identities.

These will be presented and recorded through a series of exhibitions, pop-ups, young person-led creative interpretation and programming. The form of these will be decided and shaped by the young people involved but could include gigs, fashion shows, exhibitions etc. We will build an online resource where the heritage can be housed digitally, a submission to local archives and an online toolkit for young people to use to interpret the heritage.

Led by Creative Youth, but delivered in partnership with the AMP youth board for the project; known as the Heritage Collective. Other key partners include: Kingston Museum, Kingston History Centre, Kingston University, Kingston College, Anstee Bridge, Achieving for Children (Piper Active Youth Club) and The Community Brain.

How to apply

Read the brief here

Please provide a CV and a tender document responding to the brief including any images of previous experience outlining your response to the brief and how your experience will effectively support this delivery.

Please indicate how many days you can offer based on the tender fee. Key time periods for the project are April to July and Sept to November. There may be additional budget for extra training delivered by the Curator or Content Writer to the young people and volunteers involved in the project to support the research and writing exhibition panels.

If a proposal of additional hybrid training is made which would support the project and can be led by the consultant, extra budget may be able to be released. This would include how to research for a display and how to prepare content. We are willing to work in new and exciting ways so please think creatively when preparing the brief.

We are keen to encourage you to share content and creative methods of displays and exhibitions to see ideas and past experience coming through on the tender. We are especially interested in any experience of content created projects that have been lead or delivered or involved young people. Key to this tender is a willingness to share ideas with the Heritage Collective Youth board and work collaboratively with the AMP team.

Email your tender response to our Programme Manager by 9am on 11 April 2023. Interviews will take place on the w/c 16 April, likely 18 or 19 April but some flexibility offered.