Liverpool John Moores Arts Directory
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ARTS DIRECTORYLIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY
Are you an LJMU student or graduate looking to pursue a career in the creative sector? This could be anything from gaining voluntary experience to carrying out an internship, or obtaining a full time position. This guide will introduce you to local creative organisations, provide you with top tips from employers in the sector and present you with information on self-start-up for creative businesses. An arts directory is included at the back of this booklet and lists an extensive number of organisations across Liverpool and the North West. Please note that this directory is not exhaustive. You can also contact us at the World of Work Careers Centre (WoWCC) or visit us at the Careers Zones to discuss your creative career plans, and to gain practical support with interviews, applications, CVs and cover letters. We also offer a fortnightly careers drop in session at the ADA, (please confirm with the Arts Careers Adviser, Liz Harrison, that this is taking place during the week you would like to attend). Contact information for Liz can be found with the WoWCC details in the Networking section of the directory. So go ahead, and take a look at the creative industries on your doorstep.
PUBLICATION BY THE WORLD OF WORK CAREERS CENTRE.IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LJMU SCHOOLS.
CONTENT1. LJMU Cultural Partners2. Creative Organisations Liverpool3. Creative Sector: Top Tips for Students4. Self-Start-Up for Creative Businesses5. LJMU Student Arts Directory
LJMU CULTURAL PARTNERS
Home Of The Nations Collection Of Modern And Contemporary Art In The North WestLindsey Fryer, Head of Learning at Tate Liverpool met up with us to discuss what skills Tate look for when recruiting. The knowledge and skills Lindsey highlighted are:
excellent project managers, communicators and influencers; accurate with finance and budgets; have practical skills in creating different spaces for presenting art works of all kinds; creative thinkers who are able to resolve problems; people who are knowledgeable about art , arts education, health and social service sectors and community development; excellent team players who understand and respect the importance of different contributions.
Lindsey emphasised the importance of obtaining experience in the sector during your studies and how this will place you in a better position when applying for jobs. Tate offers excellent volunteering and paid internships but these are fairly limited in frequency. If you are interested in learning about the sector, meeting new people and having fun, are under 25 years and want to get involved in creating programmes, then why not join Tate Collective? Tate Collective is free and open to all between 15 25 years. It is a programme for and by young people to develop their art and ideas. it involves devising public events, festivals, and art projects and offers opportunities for young people to experiment, create and innovate working with artists at all Tate galleries and with an online presence. For more information you can visit: www.tate.org.uk/learn/young-people/gallery-collectives/liverpool.
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LIGHTNIGHT LIVERPOOLLightNight is Liverpools late night arts festival when over 100 of the citys arts and heritage organisations join forces to create a large-scale showcase of the citys vibrant cultural offer. With studios, galleries, museums and non-traditional arts venues open until late, it is a unique city and region wide collaboration which results in a self-led arts trail forvisitors of all ages.
THE ROYAL COURT An historic art deco building which has been modernised and refreshed, The Royal Court is a mix of modern service standards in a traditional setting. With no funding the theatre produces eight long running plays every year, mostly comedies and musicals. The shows have a Liverpool theme with largely Liverpool cast and crew. Sets are built in the city, rehearsals take place here and 95% of all money spent by the theatre goes back into the local economy.
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LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONICFounded in 1840, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is one the worlds oldest concert societies. It comprises the award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and its associated ensembles and concert series; Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, one of the UKs premier arts and entertainment venues; the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir; Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company incorporating Youth Orchestra, Choir, and Childrens Choirs; and an extensive learning programme which is recognised as a national leader in its field in its quality, reach and impact on our communities. Liverpool Philharmonic presents more than 400 concerts and events at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall including in its smaller scale venue, Music Room, and venues across the City annually.
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EVERYMAN & PLAYHOUSETWO DISTINCT THEATRES IN LIVERPOOL, WHICH TOGETHER MAKE UP A SINGLE ARTISTIC FORCE
I met up with the Everyman & Playhouse to discuss whats on offer for LJMU students within their organisation. If you are 25 or under why not join their exciting Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP) programme; an award-winning youth arts programme that involves all aspects of theatre from behind the scenes to the stage. YEP launched in 2012 and has provided many opportunities for young people aged 11 to 25. It provides a platform for participants to be creative, to see theatre in a new light and to make exciting experiences for different audiences. The groups meet once every week with a session led by a staff member or outside practitioner. There are many different strands to YEP and these include:
Actors; Communicators; Directors; Producers; Technicians; Writers.
Joining YEP entitles you to 5 tickets for all Everyman, Playhouse and Playhouse Studio Shows. So what are you waiting for?
To join visit: http://www.everymanplayhouse.com/yep.
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LJMU GRADUATES EVERYMAN & PLAYHOUSEMichelle Grant and Jack Spencer are both LJMU graduates currently working at the Everyman & Playhouse. Here they answer some questions on their roles and experiences so far.
Firstly we spoke to Michelle about her role as a Young Everyman and Playhouse (YEP) Trainee Assistant Producer.
What degree did you study at LJMUand when did you graduate? I studied Drama at LJMU, and I graduated in 2013.
What is your current role? I am the YEP Trainee Assistant Producer. This year-long placement has allowed me to shadow the Producer and Programme Manager, assist on the delivery of all in-house shows and to produce all YEP shows.
How did your degree prepare you for a career in the Arts? I learnt about the different roles within a theatre and theatre company; how each role affects a production and the importance of being able to work independently, as well as part of a team or company. In my third year, I was Production Manager for the Third Year Festival of shows, which gave me the basic skills in people management. I have now expanded upon these skills in my current role.
What projects or shows have you worked on at the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres? As a Young Producer with YEP, I produced a bi-monthly event, Scene Change, aimed at promoting new talent in the North West. I also assisted on the site-specific show Robin Hood and the Arrow of Doom. Since beginning my role as YEP Trainee Assistant Producer, I have produced three YEP shows, The Wonderful World of Dissocia, The Environmentalists and Quantum. I have assisted the Producer with several main house productions, The Haunting of Hill House, Rapunzel, The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Everyman Rock N Roll Panto Beauty and the Beast and The Star.
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Do you have any top tips for students looking to have a career in the Arts? See as much theatre as you can! There are so many different forms and this will help you realise which part of the industry you would like to be involved in. I started my experience off by working at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, its hard work but good fun. Also, join YEP! We have Actors, Producers, Directors, Writers and Technician strands to join and the course leaders are great, welcoming and friendly.
Would you recommend YEP as a progression route into a career in the Arts? Definitely, I couldnt recommend YEP enough! I wouldnt be in the role I am today without YEP and the work of the Directors, Matt Rutter & Chris Tomlinson.
Where do you see yourself in five years? In five years, I hope to be producing work. Ive really enjoyed learning the ropes this year and look forward to building on these skills over the next couple of years to become the best Producer I can be.
Jack Spencer spoke to us about his role with the Box Office and Communications and Press Department.
What degree did you study at LJMU, and when did you graduate? I started in 2009, straight out of Sixth Form, and did a Drama and English degree for 3 years. I graduated in 2012.
What is your current role at the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres? I work on Box Office and for the Communications and Press Department. I started out working for the Education Department, Front of House, then on fundraising campaigns for their Development Department and as the Administration Assistant on the new Everyman re-development.
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