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Tuesday 23rd February, 2010

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Kent’s Cultural Offer: Photographic Commission

Kent Arts Development Unit is seeking a freelance photographer to capture a series of promotional images of Kent’s cultural offer.

Aims Kent has a rapidly increasing reputation for excellence with its cultural offer. Kent Arts Development Unit wishes to capitalise on this reputation and exploit new opportunities. As part of our role of advocacy of the arts in the county, we are looking to commission a freelance photographer to capture a series of quality images that reflect this existing cultural offering.

Outcomes The appointed photographer will be expected to capture a number of images over the course of 2010 that reflect the diverse and rich nature of the Kent arts offering. Approximately 1,000 images will be captured from approximately 75 events over the course of up to 12 months. Images will be of a quality that they regularly achieve publication and are in demand from other agencies. The images should cover a broad range of events and be captured in a variety of styles to fit various different applications to include archive purposes, marketing, tourism and publicity. This variety of style will also allow for use in local, national and specialist arts press and publications. Creative flair and an innovative approach will produce strong and real images.

These images will be presented in a number of formats and resolutions suitable for different media from web to print. They will be presented using a portable media device, either a recordable disc or portable hard drive, in an easily accessible file structure. Images will be provided to Kent Arts Development Unit on a monthly basis. Additionally, there is to be a collection of images based around the subject of the Cultural Strategy within the first three months of the post.

Images will only be used to promote Kent and are not to be used commercially. Image rights will be the sole property of Kent County Council and the appointed photographer will be credited.

Requirements and support The successful artist will need to show knowledge of, and interest in, the Kent cultural ecology, and will be excited to experience the offer first hand in 2010.

Ideally you will have previous experience of commissioned projects and event photography, and will be able to demonstrate this with an exciting portfolio that demonstrates a high level of creativity and proficiency.

The Kent Arts Development Unit will provide a list of events that must be captured. In addition the successful candidate will also be expected to scan the cultural landscape for suitable opportunities.

You will be expected to work independently, building relationships and trust with the various arts organisations and artists that will provide you with subject matter. Having established a position of trust you will be expected to access images sensitively and use them appropriately. To further extend your reach you will liaise with other KCC departments including the press office, tourism, regeneration and heritage, and also with outside agencies such as Arts Council England and English Heritage.

Due to the nature of many of these events this commission will involve some evening and weekend working, as well as independent travel. The successful photographer will have their own transport with a full, clean driving license. The Kent Arts Development Unit will offer direction and support to the selected photographer, and may make available desk space and office resources as necessary.

Fee Salary is negotiable dependant on experience.

Selection To apply for this commission please send 12 images, in JPEG format, on a CD that illustrates your ability to meet the brief.

We also require a CV, including 2 referees, and a covering letter of no more than one side of A4. This should explain why you are interested in the commission as well as what qualifications and experience you have. You may also include a website link if suitable.

Should you wish to discuss this opportunity further, please email arts@kent.gov.uk or call Gail Brown on 01622 696489.

Submissions are accepted electronically to arts@kent.gov.uk or through the mail to Kent Arts Development Unit, Springfield, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 2LH. The final date for acceptance of submissions is 24th February 2010.