Resident Visual Artist

Reference number: 46310

Title: Resident Visual Artist

Location: Selly Oak, Birmingham

Salary: £26,648 pro rata

Hours: 22.5 hours per week

Closing date: Tuesday 30 November 2021

Interview date: Friday 10 December 2021

Contract type: Permanent

Job advert:

About the role

Sense Arts is a unique and diverse programme of inclusive arts, events and learning that puts people with complex disabilities at the forefront of artistic excellence. Our approach is inclusive, collaborative, and person-centred. We promote equality of access and opportunity, champion the best in inclusive arts practice and strive to create empowering experiences that change people’s lives.

Our Visual Arts Programme combines personalised studio practice, with a mix of group sessions and one-to-one workshops. Artists and art-makers share experiences and learn from each other in a two-way exchange – sharing ideas and ways to access art making.

The Resident Visual Artist will be responsible for shaping and delivering a high quality and inclusive visual arts programme across Sense. We are looking for an engaging and experience artist, practitioner, and project manager to lead our visual arts programme that puts disabled-led artistic excellence at the centre of our practice and engages the wider community and sector.

The work is highly varied, and ideally, we are seeking artists who have experience working in community practice, including but not limited to, people with complex disabilities.  As well as programme delivery the artist will be supported to develop their own work and continue their own professional growth, which in turn progresses the programme.  We want our workforce to be representative of all sections of society and welcome applications from everyone. As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants, under the guaranteed interview scheme. 

Key skills and experience required:

  • A first degree or equivalent in visual arts practice , management or teaching
  • An understanding and commitment to make all aspects of the programme are high quality and disability led  
  • Setting and implementing an overarching artistic vision for a visual arts programme
  • Considerable experience of organising and  leading inclusive workshops and dynamic mentoring 
  • A track record of delivering successful programmes and a commitment to developing new audiences and engagement with the arts and visual arts 
  • The ability to be supportive and flexible in all aspects of the role, particularly in regards to access requirements for the people we support 
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends as required

About us

For everyone living with complex disabilities. For everyone who is deafblind. Sense is here to help people communicate and experience the world. We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential. Sense has a proven record of offering high quality, pioneering services.

Working at Sense can be incredibly rewarding; we offer the opportunity to work in a large, diverse and successful charity where people can develop their skills, knowledge and careers in a supportive and flexible environment. In addition we have excellent training and development, the opportunity for you to join our Group Personal Pension scheme and a generous annual leave entitlement.

To apply

Please use the link below to complete your application. Managers will use your supporting statement to shortlist candidates for interview; in relation to the Personal Specification. Therefore, it is very important you complete this section thoroughly.  We would recommend that you read the candidate guidelines, job description and person specification (found at the base of this advert) before applying.

Please note to avoid disappointment, we advise you to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close posts at any time.

No agency submissions please: any submissions without prior authorisation from the Sense Recruitment Team will be treated as our own and as such no fee will be payable.

If you require any further assistance, please contact the Recruitment Team on 0121 415 6735 or

Sense is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. Therefore, all offers of employment, where appropriate, are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Sense is committed to equality of opportunity, and to promoting and celebrating the diversity of staff, volunteers and the people we work with. We value everyone’s contribution and ensure people are given the opportunity to realise their potential. We will promote equality and diversity in all that we do and the work we do in partnership with others. For more information please visit:



Job description: Download the job description

Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

Related links

Who Sense supports

More about Sense, it's visions and values

Sense's People Strategy

Sense's People Strategy (Accessible)