SPINE Festival 2020: Artist in Residence (Lead)

We are seeking five dynamic lead artists to be part of SPINE Festival 2020. This is an exciting festival in its sixth year, which takes place in libraries across London, produced by Apples and Snakes and participating library partners. Five boroughs (Brent, Greenwich, Islington, Wandsworth and Westminster) wish to appoint a lead artist and an associate/emerging artist to be resident in one library in their borough during selected days in February/March and during the festival from 5th-14th March 2020.  We are seeking artists from a range of different creative disciplines including spoken word/literature, graphic artists, music, dance, visual and digital arts.

The theme of this year’s festival is Our World and we are interested to hear how you would plan to explore this theme of the environment and climate change with children and young people aged 0-18.

Each artist will spend their residency days in a variety of ways such as workshops with school groups and after school, workshops for families and local community and training for library staff. The lead and associate artists will work together to plan and deliver the sessions. There will be 5 lead artists and 5 associate/emerging artists.  We would like a legacy as a result of the residency eg. An exhibition/anthology/artefact/video/staff training.

10 days (with a willingness to work evenings/weekends) including 1 day planning with library staff and associate, half a day promoting workshops in local school/s, 8 days delivery at library plus half day evaluation meeting.  You must be available during February/March 2020.

Fee: £300 per day for lead artists (including all travel expenses).  We are keen to recruit artists who reflect the diverse communities within London.


  • Experience of working with children, young people and families.
  • An interest in/experience of library settings.
  • Experience of working with diverse communities
  • Experience of mentoring emerging artists and team leadership
  • Some experience of working as part of a team to agreed goals and problem solving
  • Ability to work on one’s own and work towards deadlines
  • Ability to run creative engaging workshops around the environment
  • Experience of working in a community setting
  • Experience of working with challenging groups such as PRUs / excluded young people
  • Excellent digital knowledge/experience of social media
  • A current DBS and public liability insurance.

Please send a brief CV (max. 2 sides) and covering letter (max. 1 side) explaining what excites you about the role and how you would plan to use your time to explore the theme to info@applesandsnakes.org by midday Sunday 17 November 2019.  More info www.applesandsnakes.org

Interviews:  Week commencing 2nd December 2019

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