Artist Residency Opportunity with the Jinnah Centre

11th April 2016

The Jinnah Centre in Burnley is looking for an artist to work with them on community outreach.

The Jinnah Centre in Burnley is a community centre that works to improve the social and educational well-being of the local community, with a particular focus on young people. They are now looking for a resident artist to work with them for 8 months, to reach out into the community, with a particular focus on young people.


The Jinnah Centre was set up in the early 80s, predominantly to support Pakistani communities across Burnley and Pendle. Since then the Jinnah Centre has provided a range of services to some of the most deprived communities across Burnley and East Lancashire, working with over 1,500 people each year. These include providing basic welfare and bilingual immigration advice as well as delivery of specific programmes in collaboration with other community groups, organisations and agencies to create social and economic development opportunities. As well as working with traditional BME communities, The Jinnah Centre supports migrant communities from West, Central and Eastern European countries. There is one full-time member of staff and a few sessional workers who deliver day-to-day services in the centre.

Artist Brief

The Jinnah Centre would like an artist to work alongside them to reach out into the community, with a particular focus on young people. Over an 8-month period they would like to see an artist having conversations, building relationships and developing ideas as part of a collaborative arts project, resulting in the co-production of an arts event or a series of arts events which will bring the community together. We would expect you to deliver approximately 32 days of work at the centre over 8 months starting in April/May 2016.

The fee for this project is £5,600 (approximately 32 Days)

Materials Budget available: £2,400

Please note that the fees listed above are indicative but will need to be inclusive of preparation, planning and delivery time. We are, however, open to innovative approaches and are flexible in our delivery timetables and materials and installation budgets.

Skills and experience required:

The successful applicants will have:

  • A thorough understanding of community engagement and participatory arts practice and a proven track record of working collaboratively in a range of community settings
  • The ability to communicate confidently and get people involved and inspired, coupled with the ability to explore creative processes and engage participants in meaningful dialogue
  • DBS clearance and appropriate public liability insurance


If you would like to be considered for this residency please submit your CV along with a short statement which includes:

  • A brief description of your practice and approach and how you work with people;
  • Initial ideas around how you would approach the residency
  • How you meet the skills and experience criteria as described above.

You are also welcome to include web links to examples of recent relevant work or projects. Please email your completed application to Laura Kelly (, stating clearly in the subject header ‘Jinnah Artist Residency.’ If you would like an informal conversation about the residency before sending in your application please contact Ruth Shorrock, Community Co-ordinator at Super Slow Way, on 07708 878475 or

Deadline for applications: 12 noon May 25th