Spectra Seeks Fundraiser

Spectra Seeks Fundraiser

Spectra is looking for a Fundraiser to contribute to the development of our Fundraising Strategy, to investigate appropriate funding opportunities, and to write funding applications on our behalf. 

Spectra Arts CIC creates fierce and joyful performance through authentic collaboration. We seek to cultivate a world that celebrates brains that work in different ways. Founded in 2013, our neurodiverse company produces interactive adventures that engage all of our audience’s senses. We’ve developed a reputation for aesthetically-driven shows that lovingly challenge audiences, inviting them to imagine intensely positive possibilities: ‘It made me laugh and cry. It was delicious in every way. Renewed my faith in the world!’ (Audience).

Over the last seven years, we’ve performed to 9,750 people and run 450 sessions. We’ve produced four major performances at MAC Birmingham; a sprawling street festival production; six smaller shows (including commissions from Creative Minds, Open Theatre and Sense); one sector-wide symposium and one report on ‘Improving Critical Engagement with Theatre Made by Artists with Learning Disabilities’ (reviewed nationally and by the British Council). Eat the Stars was our first touring show (2019); 2020 saw our first foray into filmmaking and digital with our live, online, multi-sensory show New Heights. 2021 has included a film commission from DanceXchange and a new partnership with the NHS.

Our community engagement work addresses the dearth of possibilities accessible to neurodiverse adults through deeply responsive, empowering creative opportunities: ‘I don’t know what I’d do without Spectra’ (Participant).

Spectra in the Community Workshop 2018, Photo: Bethan Ball

Our work has been supported by partners, the National Lottery Community Fund, the William A. Cadbury Trust and seven grants of increasing value from ACE. We are also pleased to have begun working with the Birmingham 2022 Festival, a six-month celebration of creativity across the region and part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

We have forged a dynamic existence through project funding but now seek to build a more sustainable, consistent core to underpin new projects and support a step change in terms of the scale and scope of our work. Before beginning to apply for funds, the Fundraiser will work with us to develop a responsive and prioritised strategy that includes core costs (potentially as an NPO); roles (existing and new); a sustained programme of participatory research with our community groups; R&D for our next touring show; and an updated Business Plan.

The Fundraiser will work with and be supported by our Creative Director, who has led fundraising efforts thus far, our Board, and our Creative and Strategic Development Officer. Our work is consultation led and we seek to create a warm, supportive, creative and industrious culture.

Our Performance Company is neurodiverse and we are dedicated to using our work to cultivate a world that celebrates difference in all its wonderful forms. We take the same approach to curating the pool of freelancers we work with, seeking to be actively inclusive and shift imbalanced representation within our sector by warmly welcoming and prioritising applications from Black and Brown practitioners and those who identify as working class, D/deaf, Disabled and or LGBTQI+.

Application process: please tell us why the work interests you and how your experience relates by sending your expression of interest to kate@wearespectra.co.uk. This should be no more than two sides of A4 or a 4 minute video/audio recording. If you have access requirements, please get in touch to talk about how we can support you in making your application. 

When you submit your expression of interest, please also complete the equal opportunities monitoring form here: https://forms.gle/fkANEGCtBsdu8Um47. This form and your personal information will be kept separate from your application when it is reviewed by the panel.

Eat the Stars at Herbert Art Gallery & Museum Dec 2019, Photo: Timothy Pratt

Deadline 12pm, Wednesday 17 November 2021

Informal interviews Friday 26 November with a panel of three (Spectra’s Creative Director, our Creative and Strategic Development Officer, and a Board Member). We will send you the interview questions in advance.

Timeline This contract covers 25 days of work, which we expect to fall between December 2021 – May 2022. Meetings and contact times will be mutually agreed, with a large portion of the Fundraiser’s work undertaken independently and in a self-directed way. We are keen to include the Fundraiser’s continuing work with us in our Fundraising Strategy.

Fee: £5,000 inclusive of planning, travel and expenses. This fee is based on a daily rate of £200/day over 25 days.

Location: Remote working; if face to face working is desirable, this will take place in Birmingham

Web: www.wearespectra.co.uk

Insta: @spectraartscompany

Facebook: @SpectraArtsCompany

Twitter: @Spectra_Arts

YouTube Channel: Spectra Arts

This project is supported by public monies from Arts Council England.