Photo credit - Neal Campbell
WORK WITH US
Supported by Belfast City Council
Amadan is delighted to announce that having been awarded the Pathfinder Award from Belfast City Council, we are now seeking to appoint a Fundraising Consultant to work with us to maximise income from trusts & foundations, including relevant public sector funding and a Development & Administrative Assistant to assist our team and have an important role in the future of the company and our development strategy.
Amadan Ensemble is husband-and-wife team Jude Quinn and Gemma Mae Halligan, who have been creating edgy and physical theatre since 2013 predominately using the styles of clown and bouffon. Now a registered charity, we have been engaging their audiences with theatre that is visceral, entertaining, relevant and, at times, confrontational.
In the face of an incredibly difficult period for the performing arts, Amadan have continued to be active and true to our stated artistic vision of embracing risk. We've produced work online, engaged with mentors (SURGE and the David Glass Ensemble) and continued to run affordable training for local practitioners. Amadan also experimented with engaging new audiences, via The Santa You Deserve social media micro universe and merchandise. It’s been hard but being a Clown makes you resilient and eternally optimistic!
Amadan has been completely self-reliant and has only been in the receipt of funding since 2020. Having been awarded the Pathfinder Award from Belfast City Council, Amadan is now seeking to appoint a Fundraising Consultant and a Development & Administrative Assistant (fixed term contracts) to work with us to build upon the dynamic and exciting work that we've achieved thus far. Come and help us secure our place within the cultural cohort of a city brimming with creative potential!
Fundraising Consultant, Trusts & Foundations
Belfast, Northern Ireland / Remote position
This is a fixed term contract and will run from Nov 2021 to Mar 2022 with a fee of £2950.00. We want you to work with us to maximise income from trusts & foundations, including relevant public sector funding.
The main deliverables will be:
Creation of a relevant and achievable fundraising plan that includes a Case for Support, a list of applicable funders/government grants (at least 10-15) and timeline
Securing funds by implementing this fundraising plan until 31 Mar 22 with completion of at least 3 applications of over £5000 and the identification of at least 4 applications of up to £5000
To work closely with the Creative Directors in order to assist with our plans to grow Amadan with a view to continuing our exciting artistic programme and achieving stability
Through this activity we hope to begin relationships with trusts & foundations, plan for becoming a core funded client of Belfast City Council (capitalising on our Pathfinder Award) and look to develop new streams of fundraising in the current unsettled climate.
Track record of working in fundraising
Track record in securing 5-figure grants towards core costs and project delivery within any related sector – this should span trusts & foundations, public funding and any other relevant sources
You should be able to demonstrate excellent communication, research and administrative skills to enable you to tailor approaches for a range of potential funders and an ability to work closely with our small dedicated team
Experience of fundraising within the arts sector
A self-motivated person capable of working with a young arts organisation
You will be responsible for how you manage this time but you must be prepared to work within agreed deadlines. This could be a remote position.
How To Apply:
If this sounds like you then we would love to meet you! Please submit your most recent CV, Cover Letter (outlining how your experience relates to this role and why you are interested in working with Amadan Ensemble) and one reference from a former freelance job to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for applications is midnight on Wednesday 10 November 2021 with interviews taking place on Monday 15th November 2021. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
Development & Administrative Assistant
Belfast, Northern Ireland
This is a fixed term contract and will run from Nov 2021 to Mar 2022 with a fee of £480.00 per month (based on 32hrs per month @ £15 per hr). We want you to to assist our team and have an important role in the future of the company and our development strategy.
The main deliverables will be:
You will work closely with our Creative Directors in order to assist with administrative tasks that serve to develop and grow Amadan.
The tasks may vary depending on the activities of the company but will be related to programming and publicity e.g., compiling tour packs, managing applications to training courses, contacting venues etc.
Implementation of our marketing plan, including maintaining and updating our current digital platforms (website & social media), and oversee our procedures for audience feedback and collation of numbers.
Track record of working in an administrative/marketing role – if you have worked for an arts organisation, please tell us
A proven ability in working to deadlines and managing your own schedule
Excellent computer literacy including Word, Excel & Google docs as well as demonstrable knowledge of updating social media and websites.
You should be able to demonstrate excellent communication and presentation skills and you will need to be able to work closely with our small dedicated team.
This position would suit:
An energetic, creative and passionate person capable of using their initiative whilst working with a young arts organisation in order to further our growth and stability and who might want to try some Clowning.
We imagine this to be a flexible working pattern that will be agreed upon engagement and will allow for you to complete other freelance projects. You will be responsible for your own computer and office systems.
How To Apply:
Please submit your most recent CV and Cover Letter which outlines your experience to date, how this relates to the duties and person specification of this role and why you are interested in working with Amadan Ensemble to email@example.com.
The closing date for applications is midnight on Wednesday 10 November 2021. Interviews to take place Tuesday 16 November 2021. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
Episode 1 - 24th April
Episode 2 - 1st May
Episode 3 - 8th May
Episode 4 - 15th May
“I can see what the future will look like.”
Amadan was due to take part in a showcase of brand new work on the Lyric stage in mid April but in the last few weeks the world has changed utterly. Thankfully, the team at the Lyric decided that the work should continue in a new form and asked us if we could revise our ideas and do something new, something we've never done before. We jumped at the chance and landed in a world of social distanced delivery of technical equipment, solitary filming, Zoom production meetings and remote editing.
The Lyric say 'From an age of solitude, seven NI-based artists & directors are responding to the Covid-19 crisis while in lockdown. We've moved our artist-led initiative New Speak online and into your homes, with compelling, invigorating and urgent new work that speaks to where we are right now; from Amadan Ensemble, Dominic Montague, Katie Richardson, Lata Sharma, and Zara Janahi, and directed by Emily Foran and Oisín Kearney.
These artists have each created a dynamic short performance piece that seeks to engage with the urgent questions raised by our current political, social and economic moment; reflecting on how we got here, and imagining where we go next.'
New Speak: Re-Imagined is available to view for free from 24th April – 22nd May. Due to the nature of the material, the production age recommendation is 14+.
Amadan will be taking part in the first ever Vault Fringe on 1-2 June. This will be a mad mix of dance, comedy, visual art, axe throwing, crazy golf, music & heaps more! Amadan will be show casing their new show 'Harmony Saves The World' as well as taking part in the super circus cabaret, featured our beloved Mr. Mess. We'll also be giving you some of our delicious walkabout & introducing you to 'Tech' by Rob Kane. Tickets & more information is available here
Do you have something theatrical you want to create? A play, a performance, a script, a series of sketches? Do you need some space and/ some help?
Amadan are offering a one month residency in our fabulous studio & office so you can do just that! Come & join us in our eagles nest at the top of the awesome Vault Artist Studios & let’s make some ART. This is an expansion of our Share The Love initiative to help artists create & play.
What we are offering –
1 month of any time access to our office where you will have a desk and chair, WIFI, many posters to look at & many electrical sockets to plug into.
15hrs per week of access to our studio over the 1 month period – lots of light, the best view of Belfast & a whole wall of mirrors, white board, chalk board, fridge & tea & coffee making facilities.
2hrs per week of access to Amadan staff to help you with your project – we can watch stuff, talk through things, critique or just have cups of tea, it’s up to you!
You can decide how you want to use the space & there are no expectations for you to produce anything at the end of your time with us. This is space to PLAY.
What we need from you –
£70 – this includes a month long Vault Artist membership fee.
To abide by Vault Artist membership rules & procedures, including an induction session to the building.
To take care of the space, yourself & be mindful of our Vault community & our neighbours.
If you are interested please apply to firstname.lastname@example.org by 24th Apr 19. Decision will be announced 29th Apr 19 & residencies will start on 6th May 19.
SHARE THE LOVE WORKSHOPS
Share The Love is back! Amadan's playful series of workshops are returning in April & this time we have extended them. Over three weekends we will focus on Clown (intro & intermediate) & Bouffon. These workshops are geared towards professional arts practitioners & anyone with an interest in exploring their performance abilities, expanding their thought processes & growing their confidence. For further information please click here.
PINK & BLUE
Amadan is delighted to announce clown show PINK & BLUE will be on tour in October 2019. Dates and venues will be announced soon.
Is it true that girls and boys are so different?
Three clowns explore and play with what it means to be a boy or a girl… or maybe both… or maybe neither! With silliness and fun, this show aims to find out if we can all be who we want to be and accept others as who they are too!
Suitable for age 4 years +