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Festival of Hope Co-ordinators

Curious Minds is seeking 5 Festival of Hope Co-ordinators to lead young people to produce a Festival of Hope, as part of our Hope Streets programme.

About Hope Streets:

Hope Streets is a 5 year project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which will see young people aged 11–25 revolutionise the way museums work with their peers.

It is being led by a consortium of three organisations: Curious Minds, Youth Focus North West and Museum Development North West; and five lead museum partners, one in each of the 5 sub-regions of the North West:
  • The Atkinson (Sefton - Merseyside)
  • Bolton Museums (Bolton - Greater Manchester)
  • Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery (Cumbria)
  • Lancashire Museums
  • West Cheshire Museums (Cheshire West and Chester)

The Festival of Hope Co-ordinators:

The Festival of Hope will take place in 5 locations across the North West in June 2020. In each location a Festival of Hope Co-ordinator will lead a group of local people aged 11–25 through the process of creating their own Festival of Hope. They will be supported to innovatively find, identify, uncover, gather, interpret and re-present the heritage of their local Hope Street and what hope means and has meant to their area. A lead group of young festival producers in each location will undertake all roles associated with the festival production and its artistic direction, supported by the Hope Hub Lead, the wider staff team at their partner museum and their Festival of Hope Co-ordinator.

Although employed directly by Curious Minds, the Festival of Hope Co-ordinators will be supported, managed and covened through Blaze Arts.


A fee of £9,600 is available for your time and all personal travel expenses, equating to approximately 64 days over the course of a year. The contracts will commence in August or September 2019, with the Festivals of Hope taking place in June 2020. Evaluation of the festivals will be completed by the end of July 2020.


Full details of this opportunity, including a person specification and role description, can be found in the briefing document here. To apply please submit a copy of your CV (including two referees) and a personal statement explaining why you would be right for this role. This should be sent to to Saul Argent by 9am on Tuesday 23 July 2019.

Please specify in your application which regional partner(s) you would like to work with.

Interview dates have been set as:
  • Carlisle (Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery): Tuesday 6th August
  • Lion Salt Works (West Cheshire Museums): Wednesday 7th August
  • Southport (The Atkinson): Friday 9th August
  • Bolton Museum: Wednesday 14th August
  • Preston (Lancashire Museums): Tuesday 6th August (moved from the 28th)

Successful applicants must be available to attend a briefing and planning day in Preston on Tuesday 17 September 2017.