Artist Call-Out – The Bureau, Blackburn

We have received a good number of applications for this post and have now shortlisted for interview.

We are all very excited!

Watch this space to find out who we are going to have on the team!


Here at The Bureau in Blackburn we are looking for a creative with architectural experience to help us reimagine the space in our beautiful Grade 2-listed building.


Supporting people and organisations to host residencies which enable artists to work authentically in and with communities is fundamental to the work of Super Slow Way. Their residencies are not led by end products but ask artists to respond to the context in which they are working and to nurture a meaningful and collaborative creative process with the people who are their hosts and co-producers.

The Bureau is a vibrant arts centre in the heart of Blackburn, providing versatile space for arts activities, theatre, music, cultural events and community participation. The Bureau has a running programme of regular activities and one-off events, and has both gallery and activity space that can be hired for workshops, clubs and events.


The Bureau Centre for the Arts is a Grade 2-listed church that has been decommissioned and was previously converted into office spaces for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau. We are a grassroots voluntary organisation and have been using the space for a year. We are now in a transition period of business development and are moving towards regular opening and paid staff.

We are a team of five directors including a community artist and forest school leader; a college arts teacher and artist; a behavioural support worker in schools; a curator and minimalist artist; and a music and events manager and sound/ video technician. We have a shared passion to create an arts centre that is an accessible hub for arts activities for the whole community.

Artist Brief

We are looking for an artist to work with us over a 6-12 month period as part of the team to help us develop ideas around the use of space in this context. This will be someone with vision and architectural experience who can help us explore possibilities for making better use of the space as an arts centre.

Skills and Experience

The successful applicant will have:

  • Architectural skills and experience
  • Proven experience of putting vision into practice
  • A thorough understanding of community engagement and participatory arts practice and a proven track record of working collaboratively in a range of community settings
  • The ability to communicate confidently and get people involved and inspired, coupled with the ability to explore creative processes and engage participants in meaningful dialogue
  • The ability to work with both large and small-scale ideas and structures
  • Appropriate public liability insurance


  • To work with us and the community to develop the space appropriately
  • To help test the potential of the building and prepare the groundwork, which will enable us to fully refurbish the building


There is a fee of approximately £9,000 attached to this residency. There is an additional materials budget available.


How to Apply

If you would like to be considered for this residency please submit your CV along with a short statement which includes:

  • A brief description of your practice and approach and how you work with people
  • Initial ideas around how you would approach the residency and how the budget would be allocated
  • How you meet the skills and experience criteria as described above

You are also welcome to include web links to examples of recent relevant work or projects.

Please email your application to

Kerris Casey St

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Wednesday 9th March 2016

Interviews: Thursday 17th March

Find out more about The Bureau

Upcoming events over the next three months include:

  • A fortnightly film club
  • An open exhibition
  • A one day interactive film / storytelling / sculpture installation
  • A short film premiere
  • King of the Cats – a touring exhibition by three local artists
  • A touring theatre with two different shows
  • ‘Get Creative’ – a week of art, music, circus and storytelling events over half-term
  • Drink and Draw – a regular, fun, life drawing class
  • Art SPACE – a monthly meet up and performance / exhibition / workshop space for creatives of all abilities and ages
  • Weekly community music sessions – steel pans, band rehearsals and community ensemble
  • Two late-night music events with bands and DJs