Lewisham Borough of Culture 2021: Call out for freelance Creative Producers

Lewisham has been named as the GLA’s Borough of Culture 2021.  The Council is in the process of tendering for a Programme Delivery Partner.  The successful organisation will commence their contract in May 2020.  The council is looking for two freelance Creative Producers to start in March 2020 and work with the culture team to develop a number of programme strands ready to handover to the delivery partner in May 2020. 

Deadline for applications: 27 Feb 2020


Our London Borough of Culture (LBoC) programme, CULTURAL ACTIVISM, will harness the passion and creativity of the cultural sector to deliver lasting change.  It is expressed in this cultural manifesto reflecting issues that matter to the people of Lewisham, London and the world.

  • We will protect this place we love – a call to action on climate change
  • We are strengthened by our diversity – a celebration of our borough of sanctuary
  • We will be happy here – a commitment to building an inclusive society
  • We are Lewisham – working together to deliver change

We will embed artists within public services that are charged with leading change to open up new ideas, stimulate debate and deliver creative solutions.  We will invite artists to bring international perspectives.  We will use our local strength in participatory and community arts practice to engage our residents and hear the voices of our most marginalised communities.  We will challenge the status quo, develop new approaches and share our learning beyond our borough boundary.

The freelance creative producers will primarily be working on the following programme strands:

-          Climate Commission – a large-scale outdoor performance or installation in Lewisham that will inspire and shock us into action. 

-          Climate Home – our young people will co-design, build and perform in their own carbon-neutral pop-up theatre.

-          Mass Dance – we will commission a large-scale public performance and mass dance party exploring the impact of migration and diversity on South East London’s dance scene.

-          Revolution through music – we will celebrate our musical and activist heritage, blending music and civic participation in a series of events across the borough.

-          With One Voice – we will bring together artists and communities that may struggle to find their voice, in order to illuminate their perspectives and understand their needs and aspirations for Lewisham. 

Creative Producers may also be asked to assist with other programme strands as required.


Creative Producer Duties

To take the lead in developing two or more programme strands, liaising with key stakeholders

To develop detailed project plans with income and expenditure budgets, time lines, engagement plans, risk registers etc.

To prepare briefs for individual artists, arts organisations and production teams.

To prepare fundraising plans, research funders, make initial approaches and draft funding bids.

To liaise with artists agents, negotiate fees and confirm availability.

To prepare update reports for Lewisham LBoC Strategic Board, Operational Board, GLA etc as required.

To represent Lewisham LBoC team at public events and meetings as required.

To respond to enquiries and offers of support as required.

To provide online content for Lewisham LBoC microsite and social media channels.


We are looking for individuals who have:

Extensive knowledge and contacts for creative producing across multiple artforms

Experience of devising ground breaking, innovative, creative projects

Good Knowledge of arts funding and substantial fundraising experience

Experience of commissioning new work, including developing briefs, working with artists agents, negotiating contracts etc.

Flexible, solution focussed, team players.

Demonstrable understanding of equality and diversity and a commitment to improving access to the creative sector for under-represented groups.

Consultancy Terms

You must be available to start in March 2020 until May 2020.

Day rate of between £150 and £200 a day (depending on experience) for self employed freelance contracts.  A contract for up to 60 days is available.

You will need to provide your own equipment, work remotely but be able to attend face to face meetings in Catford and across Lewisham Borough on a regular basis.

How to Apply

Please send a CV with covering letter outlining the skills and experience you will bring to this contract and how you would approach the key tasks needed to develop our programme over the next 3 months.  Please include details of your day rate and availability.  Please email to liz.dart@lewisham.gov.uk by 27th February 2020.  Interviews will take place on 5 and 6 March 2020.

18/02/2020 - 27/02/2020
Contact Name: 
Liz Dart
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