Opportunity: Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnership seeks freelance project evaluator for HLF funded Fabric of Life project

Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnership is seeking to appoint a highly experienced, freelance project evaluator to devise and effectively deliver a comprehensive evaluation plan for the Heritage Lottery Funded project- Fabric of Life.


The Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnership is the Youth Arts Partnership organisation for Wiltshire Councils Early Help Service. WYAP’s function is to fundraise, stimulate and deliver high quality transformative arts opportunities for children and young people. WYAP works to enrich lives through accessible high quality arts activity which supports individuals and groups to find a voice and build resilience in their lives and their communities.

The project will focus upon the history of fashion as expression of identity. We will work with a wide variety of young people and focus particularly on fashion as identity for gender and sexuality, tying in our research with the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967.

There is an extensive collection of fashion held by Salisbury Museum and significant collections of textiles held by the Trowbridge Museum and Athelstan Museum. This project will draw upon these resources, as well as those at the Bath Fashion Museum and V&A, to inspire young people to learn about fashion in different eras and how a range of sub-cultures deployed fashion as expressions of personal identity or to make political statements.

This project will have two phases to it; a research and exploration phase in which young people will visit the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, the V & A and local museums and undertake original research. This will be followed by a making phase in which the young people will create a theatrical performance in the form of a fashion show with film, music and dance.

The project will be led by young people aged 13 and 19 years of age who will also collect oral histories from different generations in Wiltshire to create a collection of narratives that describe how LGBT/young people dressed to express their identity in different decades of the 20th and 21st century. These stories will be used within a publication aimed to supporting schools in Wiltshire to explore the social and political history of LGBT communities.

Job purpose

The evaluator will gather evidence and work with the team to produce evaluation information and case studies. Evaluation and review will take place through steering group meetings, delivery sessions and at key planned points during and towards the end of the project. The evaluator will look at each aspect and stage of the project to enable the team to explore strengths and weaknesses and to support learning for delivery of future projects.

Evaluation will look at how this partnership of heritage and arts has worked for the Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnership and the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in using the arts to explore young people’s experiences of heritage. It will help the youth groups to see how projects such as this work within their settings, and with different elements including heritage research, site visits, and working with creative professionals and local communities.


We need to make an immediate appointment in order to start this exciting and innovative project in 2017. The evaluation will need to be complete by April 2018.

Fee: £3000 inclusive. (approximately £200 per day. 1 day per month)

For a full role description and details on how to apply please contact Emily Malcolm, Project Coordinator emily.malcolm@wiltshire.gov.uk

Deadline: Monday 27 February 2017




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