UPDATED: Work with us: Freelance Project Manager

Deadline for applications:  Friday 24 March 2023

Emails and enquiries should be addressed to: info@chrysalisarts.com

Chrysalis Arts Development (CAD), is seeking an experienced freelancer with project management and arts engagement experience to contribute to our current programme of creative development work. This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a highly skilled and collaborative team on an innovative programme of place-based and environmental arts-led activity with a particular role in helping us to improve the reach and impact of our audience engagement.

A priority for this opportunity is contributing to the creative consultation programme for Marton Wood, a new ten-year Slow Art initiative. The introductory programme for this project has commenced and currently includes workshops and taster activities led by freelance artists, seasonal workshops with local schools, community consultation events and a programme of artist engagement activity.

The Project Manager will be responsible for organising and facilitating activities for schools, youth and community groups which are contributing to the project’s development, including attendance at regular workshops and other engagement sessions. The role will also involve research to extend the reach of the Marton Wood project, working closely with the rest of the CAD team to identify additional audiences and project partners, including underserved and isolated groups and contributing to the research and writing of an Audience Development Plan.


• Facilitation and co-ordination of engagement programmes of activity in conjunction with CAD’s core team. This will include research and consultation, particularly with schools and community groups, organisation of venues, liaison with artists and other workshop leaders, attendance at participatory sessions and gathering of participants feedback and other relevant information.

• Contributing to the planning and implementation of CAD’s current project work which focuses on community engagement, art and environmental issues and place

• Contributing to the development of online community engagement content

• Data collection, evaluation, and presentation of material and project information

• Attendance at weekly team meetings – a combination of online and in-person

• Contribution to the research and writing of an Audience Development Plan to underpin this work.



• Knowledge/Experience of arts and community engagement practice and project management

• Strong communication and facilitation skills and confidence in engaging with young people, older people and underserved groups

• Excellent organisational and planning abilities

• Experience in audience research, data collection, analysis and evaluation

• Flexibility, willingness to travel and work evenings and weekends as required

• Ability to work independently and as part of a team with a strong collaborative ethos


• Knowledge of visual arts practice

• Enthusiasm for and understanding of CAD’s artistic and environmental goals and values

• Ability to work independently and as part of a team with a strong collaborative ethos

• Digital Skills

Background Information

CAD is predominantly a visual arts organisation but works across artforms and in collaboration with a wide range of practitioners and specialists.

Fee and time

The work is offered on a freelance basis for 1.5 days per week, based on a daily rate of £170 per day, including VAT if applicable. A day is based on 7 hours. Working hours may be flexible, although a regular working pattern is required. This contract is offered for an initial period of six months commencing in April 23, due for completion by the end of October 2023, with the option of renewal subject to successful funding being secured.

Working Pattern

Flexible working hours will form a key requirement of this role, including attending sessions at times when groups meet eg evenings, and when activities are planned outside normal working hours.  The person appointed will be willing to travel to a range of locations and a driving license and use of a vehicle is desirable.

Since the Covid pandemic, we have developed a flexible working pattern, combining regular online working from home with meetings at our base, The Art Depot, in Gargrave or occasionally elsewhere. We envisage a routine of approximately monthly in-person meetings which will focus on planning and development, whilst routine work will continue to take place from home.  Attendance at online, weekly team meeting, at meetings at The Art Depot and at relevant activities and events will be essential.


The core Chrysalis team currently comprises two Executive Directors, a CPD Manager and Marketing/Admin Manager. All Chrysalis staff work part-time and are employed on a freelance basis. We appoint additional freelance specialists as required. We also work closely with our Board of Management which takes an active role in all aspects of our operation.


Gargrave is accessible by public transport including bus and train. Activities will take place in other parts of North Yorkshire, including rural areas where public transport is not available, and a driving licence and use of a vehicle is desirable.

A car mileage allocation of 45p per mile is payable for work which involves travel in North Yorkshire or beyond. This is calculated from The Art Depot or from home, depending on the shorter distance.


The contract will be for 6 months, depending on start time, with an initial break clause after three months. Future renewal is subject to company need and the successful procurement of future funds.

To apply

Please email a CV and covering letter of no more than 2 sides A4, outlining your experience and what you can offer the role.

Deadline for applications:  Friday 24 March 2023

Emails and enquiries should be addressed to: info@chrysalisarts.com

Role to start on or before:  April 2023

Chrysalis Arts is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity for all and aims to ensure that no potential or actual worker is treated less favourably than another because of race, ethnicity, faith, gender, sexuality, disability, age, marital status, class or economic disadvantage.

Chrysalis Arts Development Ltd

The Art Depot, Asquith Industrial Estate, Eshton Road, Gargrave, North Yorkshire BD23 3SE 01756 748529

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