Chisenhale Studios is seeking an Artist Facilitator to help us to deliver the next exciting phase of our Into the Wild programme:


‘Into the Wild’ is a free, year-long professional development programme for recent BA graduate artists at Chisenhale Studios. It aims to offer support and inspiration to artists in the early stages of their career and in need of practical advice on how to survive and thrive in the real world and develop their practice. Selected artists are between 1-4 years out of BA and represent a diversity of practices from across the spectrum of arts colleges around the country, or with equivalent experience. The programme involves an 8 week (1 day per week for eight consecutive weeks) course crammed with talks and workshops by leading arts professionals, plus a year involving mentoring from Studio Members; exhibitions: publications and tool kits; curatorial support; and other opportunities to develop creative practice.

Into the Wild is led by the Artist Facilitator & the Artist Development Coordinator Rosie Hermon, in collaboration with the artists at Chisenhale Studios. The programme was conceived by Chisenhale Studio Members as a way of giving back and reaching out to new generations of artists. 2020 will be the fifth year that we have received Arts Council England funding to run the programme.

Chisenhale Studios provides affordable workspace to both established and emerging visual artists who are exhibiting, performing and teaching nationally and internationally. The work of the Studio artists reflects the range and diversity of contemporary art practice and promotes a wider understanding of artistic processes through open sharing events, workshops, studio visits and professional development programmes.

For more information about Into the Wild please visit:

Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Artist Facilitator to collaborate on the development and delivery of the next Into the Wild programme, which will run from early 2020. This will include:

  • Taking part in the participant selection process as part of a panel, alongside the Artist Development Coordinator, a Chisenhale Studio Member and an external cultural professional.
  • To lead on the development of the introductory weekend and eight-week taught programme of talks, visits, workshops and other relevant content with support and input from the Artist Development Coordinator/ Chisenhale Studios, working within the allocated budget.
  • Inviting guest speakers and arranging offsite visits/partnerships (including beyond London) and other activities that explore strategies for sustaining practice as an emerging artist, develop relevant skills and build on existing knowledge of the art sector.
  • To lead on the co-ordination and delivery of the eight-week programme, including liaising with guest speakers and participating studio artists, ensuring everyone is fully briefed prior to their session.
  • To greet guest speakers on arrival and be responsible for them during their visit.
  • Attend the weekly sessions, facilitating the flow of the day and highlighting the learning connections being made.
  • Provide ongoing mentoring to the participants between the eight-week taught programme and the final exhibition which will take place in the autumn at Chisenhale Studios, supporting the group to be proactive in creating their own opportunities and supporting one another as a collective.
  • To support the Artist Development Coordinator in setting up opportunities for the group including offsite projects, one-to-one mentoring with Studio Members and external artists/curators, and research opportunities to support the development of the participant’s individual creative practices.
  • To be available to attend events and exhibitions organised by the participants as part of the programme.
  • To contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of this programme and input into plans for future development.
  • Undertake other tasks as required to ensure the successful delivery of the programme, working as part of a small team.


The fee for this role is £4000. This is a freelance position which is paid at a rate of £200 per day for 20 days work, to be broken down approximately as follows:

1.5 days programme development (November – December)

3.5 days participant selection (January)
10 days delivery of the introductory weekend and eight week programme (February – April)
5 days ongoing mentoring (April – October)

Person Specification


  • At least 5 years’ experience of practicing professionally as an artist
  • Excellent knowledge of contemporary visual arts practice and connected debates
  • Interest in and knowledge of alternative arts education models
  • Experience of delivering workshops, and giving talks and lectures
  • Demonstrable understanding of the challenges faced by early career artists, including additional challenges that may be faced by BAME, disabled or LGBTQI artists, those from underprivileged backgrounds, and those located geographically or socially farthest from the cultural offer.
  • Good knowledge of the London art scene as well as regional art scenes around the UK
  • Experience of leadership
  • Experience of providing mentorship
  • Proactive and self-motivated


  • Experience of working in formal or alternative educational environments


To apply please send a CV and covering letter which describes how your skills and experience meet the person specification and job description. Feel free to include visual examples of your practice. Please combine these into a single PDF of 5MB or less.

Please send your applications to

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Deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 11 November

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 20 November.

Download the Call for Applications as a PDF.