ESW is seeking a Schools Assistant – Now Closed

Schools Assistant

Deadline for applications:   8 September, 5pm

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with an interest in developing a career in arts education to learn from and support the delivery of the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop School’s Programme.

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s Schools Programme has been running since 2012. The Primary 5 classes from nearby Trinity and Victoria Primary visit Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop for an hour a week for the duration of the school year taking part in a wide variety of workshops with practicing artists. The programme engages approximately 130 children, their teachers and parents or carers.

Over the school year pupils learn about different aspects of contemporary arts practice, produce work and participate in an end of year exhibition. As well as equipping them with practical and creative skills, pupils are encouraged to develop their critical faculties through discussions, studio visits and exhibition tours giving them the confidence to talk about and respond to contemporary visual art.

This is a training opportunity which gives the Schools Assistant a chance to learn through the experience of supporting ESW’s Curator for Learning, Debi Banerjee, who leads the programme, and the artists who deliver workshops over the school year.  This is a chance to learn about the planning and delivery of a programme which connects to the Curriculum for Excellence and to gain practical experience of workshops.

Outline of responsibilities

  • Organising and preparing materials and resources for each of the workshops
  • Setting up and clearing away workshops
  • Supporting the pupils during the workshops
  • Assisting with the ordering of materials
  • Supporting the artists and Curator for Learning with the delivery of all workshops
  • Documenting workshops, updating blog posts and social media

Person Specification

  • Educated to degree level
  • Experience of working with children/ learning/ education
  • Knowledge of contemporary sculpture

This engagement runs during school term time from October 2019- June 2020.

There are 4 one hour workshops each week and these take place over 2 days.

The successful candidate will be employed on a freelance basis and paid at a daily rate of £75. The pattern is approximately 2 days per week during term time.

To Apply

Please submit a copy of your CV including the names of two referees, and a cover letter of no more than one A4 page which outlines your interest in the role and how you meet the person specification.

Applications should be sent to Debi Banerjee –

Applications must be received by email by no later than 5pm on Sunday 8 September 2019. Please ensure  you have received confirmation of receipt.

Interviews will be held on Friday 13th September 2019.