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Cultural Learning and Participation Officer


Salary: £ 180 per week

Escape helps people of all age groups to work together on art and heritage projects, building strong, happy communities and supporting wellbeing. For over 25 years Escape has developed a diverse programme of creative and heritage-led health and wellbeing workshops, both in Stratford and Nuneaton, as well as across Warwickshire.  Part of Escape’s success is using this creativity to engage and celebrate stories of people, place and time in an exciting, empowering way.  Escape brings people and communities together to share and learn across the generations.

Our Venues

Stratford upon Avon – The home of Escape is the Grade ll listed ‘Old Slaughterhouse’ Arts & Heritage Centre in the heart of the town. The charity rescued this fascinating building from dereliction in 2014. The site itself is steeped in history, being, amongst other things, a Butcher's Shop, a Tudor Pub, Rope-Walk and, back in the 1400's, a Shoemaker's.  Prior to Covid it was a vibrant community venue, offering a range of regular Escape community arts, heritage and health workshops and community events.  The Centre remains closed to the public as it undergoes an Autumn redevelopment and we will be undertaking further consultation about how we plan to use the building moving forwards.  We currently use the building for small group work and admin with larger group activities being undertaken at our temporary Youth & Community hub, the old H&M building in Bell Court. 

We also have an Escape on the go van which enables us to service arts, heritage and health work, on an outreach basis across Warwickshire. 

Nuneaton – our new home in Nuneaton is the Station Gallery, a former café on the platform.  Having recently taken on the lease for this Victorian building Escape work with local Arts organisation Art Alert to provide a range of creative workshops and community exhibitions.

This dynamic role requires you to work primarily in our Stratford venues to support our creative and dynamic and inclusive community arts, health and heritage programmes.  You will become part of a team that is responsible for project planning and delivery, programming, marketing, and evaluation. You will work with a range of wonderful volunteers, artists, cultural practitioners and delivery partners.

With Escape Arts no one day is ever the same. We are a small, relaxed creative team but highly driven and always looking for the next exciting opportunity to take the work of the charity forward. 

Duties to Include: –

  • Supporting and contributing to Escape Arts existing cultural and creative health work, such as, our regular community arts programme, schools, and exhibition development.
  • Planning, organising and delivering creative and educational workshops.
  • Supporting community events, contributing to ideas planning; sourcing catering/refreshments/entertainment and public engagement.
  • Venue Front of House and exhibition hosting, welcoming visitors and creating a great first impression. Providing excellent customer service in line with our policy.
  • Contributing to the Health and Safety of our customers/visitors and informing policy.
  • Helping to research and collate exhibition materials.
  • Helping to promote our services by developing marketing materials and other publications for online distribution and printing.
  • Assisting in social media and online marketing activities.
  • Contributing to planning and evaluation, including gathering customer feedback.
  • Helping organise volunteer and staff parties and celebrations.
  • Scheduling and prioritising your own work and ensuring deadlines are met.

Skills Required

  • Excellent Customer Service skills
  • Computer-literate with a good knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Passion for arts and culture and the believe in its value to society

Personal Qualities

  • Enthusiastic and committed
  • Keen to learn and develop skills, and willingness to embrace change
  • Proactive and positive with a can-do attitude
  • A Flexible approach to working hours to include evenings and weekends
  • Ability to think independently and work within a team
  • Punctual and reliable

You need to have 4/C in GCSE Maths and English or a Level 2 equivalent and a passion for Arts and Culture

Skills required:
Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Administrative skills,
Training to be provided:

You will be completing a Cultural and Learning Participation Officer apprenticeship Level 3. 

This is delivered through a programme of seminars and a one to one sessions with your development coach. 

Please find full government approved standard here:


Personal Qualities:
Not Applicable
Things to consider:
We are a very hands on team, as part of this you will be required to carry out tasks as and when required this includes general office and cleaning duties. You’ll be expected to pitch in and contribute to the range of tasks that a small venue needs doing in addition to your main duties. 30 Hours a Week, Includes some saturdays and evenings
Future prospects:
Escape Arts have a long history of working with apprentices and for the right candidate a full time role is available.