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Application deadline: midnight Sunday 12 June 2022

Apply on Submittable here.

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We are not able to accept applications after the deadline. Interviews will be held week commencing 20th June.

Applications can be made in video or audio format on Submittable. If there is something else we can do to enable you to access our application process, please let us know. 

Housekeeper Caretaker

We are committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We are particularly keen to receive applications from those who identify as from marginalised backgrounds based on age, racialisation, gender identity or sexuality, disability or long term health condition, pregnancy, maternity or marital status, religion or belief, and class background or class identity.

We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in the arts sector and we therefore encourage applications from all sectors of the community including those with more diverse backgrounds.

As a Disability Confident Leader, we guarantee to interview all disabled* applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. Please indicate you are d/Deaf or disabled in your application so that you can be interviewed if you meet the minimum criteria.

*We recognise that the term disabled is debated but for now is widely accepted. We agree with the social model of disability. 

Position: Housekeeper/Caretaker

Hours: 17 hours per week (delivered flexibly but including 0.5 hours Monday to Friday for lock up)

Salary: Living Wage standard, currently £9.90 per hour. Role includes the opportunity for subsidised on-site accommodation.

Location: Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn, Cambridgeshire, CB23 2TX (site based) 

Reporting to: Deputy Director

Wysing’s Housekeeper / Caretaker is crucial to the smooth running of our organisation, and we are looking for someone who can support our small team to provide the warm welcome to artists and publics that we are known for. Wysing’s Housekeeper/Caretaker looks after the farmhouse and on-site accommodation; ensures it is kept to a high standard of cleanliness, and provides a hosting role in caring for artists during their time at Wysing. The role is responsible for cleaning, making beds and laundry, as well as cooking occasionally. As well as facilitating our artist residencies, the role also supports commercial hires such as AirBnb bookings and other external hires of rooms and facilities by setting up furniture and tidying up afterwards.

The role also supports the Site and Technical Manager to ensure the farmhouse and wider site is well maintained and safe for artists and visitors to enjoy. This is a role that would suit someone who has a freelance practice, who enjoys working with artists and takes pride in creating a clean and welcoming home. 

For an informal chat about the role, please call 01954 717104 or email ceri.littlechild@wysingartscentre.org.

Person Specification

Essential:

  • High standards of cleanliness with attention to detail.
  • Good people skills.
  • Flexible approach and good organisational skills to accommodate changing schedules.
  • Experience of hosting and meeting artists.
  • An understanding and empathy with the vision, mission, values and aims of Wysing Arts Centre.
  • An understanding and commitment to Health and Safety in the Workplace.

Desirable:

  • An interest in contemporary art.
  • Experience of maintenance and practical skills.
  • First Aid qualification.

Other Opportunities

Outside of working as the Housekeeper/Caretaker for Wysing, if you are an artist or technician, there are sometimes opportunities to take up freelance work, for example;

  • Provide Reception duties and weekend reception cover during periods when our gallery is open to the public.
  • Provide support to the Site and Technical Manager with site maintenance and gallery installations.
  • Provide support to the Site and Technical Manager with room preparation and set-up.
  • Provide support with aspects of site and land management.
  • If you are a practising freelance artist or creative, there may be opportunities to deliver workshops as part of our Education Programme.

Accommodation

If needed, we are able to provide onsite accommodation at a subsidised rent.
If needed, we are able to provide an onsite artist studio at a subsidised rent.