CREATE COMMUNITY WEALTH – A Culture Collective Project Vacancy

WHALE Arts is recruiting for two part time Create Community Wealth Lead Creative Person roles as part of the Create Community Wealth project.

The posts are contracted from November 2021 to January 2023 working 16 hours per week (2 day per week or equivalent) with a salary of £307.90 per day (£40,027 total over 15 months). The posts will be working between WHALE Arts Centre & North Edinburgh Arts in the Wester Hailes and Muirhouse areas.

Over the course of the project, we will be hiring a team of 6 creative people on a freelance basis (2 creative leads, 1 documentation person and 3 additional creative people). 

By creative people we mean anyone who is passionate and highly skilled in what they do in a creative capacity and able to share, teach and pass on those skills to others. This could include artists, artisans, designers, makers, sculptors, crafters, cooks, bakers, market traders, musicians, poets and performance artists.

At this stage, we are recruiting for 2 lead creative people to join our team. Further recruitment for the documentation person will be announced in October 2021 and recruitment for the additional 3 creative people will be announced in early 2022. The team will be supported by the Create Community Wealth project coordinator and key staff members from North Edinburgh Arts and WHALE Arts. 

All creative people will be paid fees in line with the 2021 Scottish Artist Union rates.

Deadline for applications is Monday 11th October 2021 at 12 noon

Interviews will be held on Friday 15th October

We’re looking for someone who is… 

  • Well-organised, hard-working and a good team player
  • Creatively driven and are highly experienced at their skill/craft 
  • Able to think expansively, to recognise opportunities and challenge assumptions
  • A great communicator who is experienced in communicating with people who speak different languages
  • Open-minded and committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Self-motivated and able to use their own initiative
  • Has an understanding of the issues facing people living in areas of deprivation 

You will have experience of…

  • Facilitating groups for adults and sharing your specialist skills with others 
  • Working with culturally diverse communities and people facing additional barriers 
  • Small business development and entrepreneurial skills 
  • Planning and delivering projects within a given budget
  • Monitoring and evaluating projects 
  • Supporting other freelance workers and/or volunteers

Ideally but not essential, you may have…

  • A knowledge of Wester Hailes and/or North Edinburgh communities
  • Experience in using the arts to address community issues 
  • The ability to speak more than one language would be an advantage


  • To apply for this role we would like you to answer 4 questions – see below
  • You can submit your answers as a written document or an audio recording or a video
  • Written documents should be no more than 3 pages (A4)
  • Audio and video recordings should be no more than 5 minutes long
  • We also need you to provide details of two referees, including at least one previous employer
  • Please send your application, in whatever format you choose, by email to using Create Community Wealth Lead Creative Person in the subject line. Please include details of your referees in your email.


Please tell us about: 

  • A time when you supported someone/a group to achieve a goal or overcome a problem, with reference to the opportunity/challenges that you faced.
  • Your experience in developing a commercial or entrepreneurial initiative 
  • Your understanding of barriersfaced by black, asian and minority ethnic communities and people facing economic disadvantage (please provide examples of how you worked creatively with people facing these barriers)
  • We’re specifically looking for creative practitioners/artists who have 5+ years experience in their chosen field. Please demonstrate/tell us about your experience, how you have used your skills to engage in community settings and why you think you would excel in this role. 

Deadline for applications is Monday 11th October 2021 at 12 noon

Interviews will be held on Friday 15th October

You can read the full job advertisement on WHALE Arts’ website here.

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