Deadline: 22 February 2017

Position: Arts Research and Development Coordinator (KTP Associate)
Location: Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Salary: £23,000 to £27,000 p.a. (dependent on experience)
Duration: 24 months
Closing date: 22 February 2017

Following our successful funding award from Innovate UK to support a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), we are looking to recruit an Arts Research and Development Coordinator.

Building on our research Validation beyond the gallery the Coordinator will work under the guidance of Dr Amanda Ravetz and Mark Smith (Executive Directory of Axisweb) to lead the action research project.   

The project will explore and test models of validation for socially engaged practice that will champion the role of the artist and their value in society, enhance engagement and underpin the transformation of Axisweb into a sustainable, self-financing charity.

About Axisweb:

Axisweb is a UK registered charity that exists to advance the education of the public by promoting and developing the understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in the UK.

In particular by extending the influence in and relevance of the visual arts in the community, by creating new opportunities and by encouraging and facilitating an increase in good practice.

About KTP:

This position forms part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funded by Innovate UK. It’s essential you understand how KTP works with business and the University, and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position.

Learn more about KTP: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/business/knowledgetransfer-partnerships/

Qualifications we require:

As a minimum you will hold, or be about to obtain, a Masters in the arts and humanities or the social sciences.

A PhD is desirable, as is professional experience in an area cognate with socially-engaged art.

A proven interest in the visual and / or performing arts is essential.

The successful candidate must possess …  

Demonstrable understanding of qualitative research methodologies (for example, data collection and analysis using interviews and focus groups).  

Commitment to ethical standards and behaviour.  Excellent inter-personal skills and a proven ability to resolve complex and competing demands.


  • £2,000 per year to spend on personal training
  • Attendance at two residential managerial workshops (each of one week’s duration)
  • Opportunity to register on a higher degree (at a reduced or no cost)  
  • Opportunity of a permanent position with the company; 70% of host companies make a permanent job offer to their Associate at the end of the project.

How to Apply

Apply by submitting your CV and covering letter quoting the vacancy Ref no T2-80297432-02 to ktp@mmu.ac.uk

Alternatively use the MMU Application portal >

For an informal discussion about this KTP vacancy, please contact:

Dr Amanda Ravetz (a.ravetz@mmu.ac.uk) or Mark Smith (mark@axisweb.org)