Skills Swop Audit event 18th November 2010

The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) working group have been developing a system that could be implemented regionally within the visual arts sector to encourage the sharing of skills, knowledge and expertise. An IT skills bank would allow professionals to enter what skills they require which would then be matched against another professional who can provide training to that person. Based on a time bank model, the system would allow members to use credits to gain access to the wide base of skills and expertise that the sector has to offer in the North East region.

The CPD Working Group devised a skills audit sheet to test out on 25 members at an event in November at Baltic, in order to gain feedback on its effectiveness and where it needed amending and adding to. A diverse group of members attended and gave a robust and informative response to the proposal.

The group are now implementing changes to the audit as a result of feedback and plan to test the effectiveness of such an exchange on a small pilot group before considering the further investment on an IT system. This initial testing is to take place in February/March of 2011, If you would like to be involved in the pilot group testing this programme please get in touch with Julia Bell, TPNE Co-ordinator.

Turning Point North East is looking for a freelance consultant to help us strengthen the region's commissioning ecology...

A certain distance, endless light: a project by Felix Gonzalez-Torres and William McKeown, mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and AV Festival 10 | Photo: Louise Hepworth

// COMMISSIONING ECOLOGY // OPPORTUNITIES //

Turning Point North East is planning a series of workshops that will explore opportunities for commissioning and cross collaboration in the visual arts sector, across the North East. To help us document and learn from this programme, we looking to recruit an experienced consultant for 12 days work, for a fee of £3,000 inc. VAT.

Turning Point North East is a consortium of artists, arts professionals and arts organisations in the North East region dedicated to working together to find new ways to strengthen the visual arts and to support the arts more broadly.

This pilot scheme will generate regional workshops which bring together individuals and organisations to discuss and consider proposals for enhanced knowledge sharing, potential commissioning collaborations and sharing of resources. The Freelance Consultant will collate recommendations for practice in the future via a final report.

For more information about this opportunity, and for details of how to submit your application, download our information pack. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Deadline for applications // Wednesday 27th October 2010.

The selected applicant must be able to commence work by 15th November 2010 and the contract will run to March 2011.

Please help us to let people across the North East know about this opportunitiy by sending this PDF version of the advertisement to your networks...