Open Call: Visiting Artists Programme at Kensington Aldridge Academy

* Update 17 March 2020: We are still recruiting for this project which will be delivered when schools reopen *


ACAVA are seeking to recruit three artists to deliver an inspirational Visiting Artists Programme at Kensington Aldridge Academy during the summer term 2020.

Each group of Year 10 GCSE Art and Textile students will work with a visiting artist to learn about their practice, to experiment with new, ambitious ways to respond to the notion of Identity, within the context of the self portrait, and to make new work over a five-week period.

The selected artists will work closely with the teaching staff to plan the sessions, ensure aims and objectives for the project are agreed, and think of ways to challenge students’ notion of identity,  encouraging risk-taking throughout the process.

Teacher and artists planning session: 12th May 2020
Project delivery commencing: week of 2nd June 2020.

Timetable (sessions will run 9am-10.50am):
Week 1:     Artist-led workshop to include an artist talk about their practice
Week 2:    Teacher-led session
Week 3:    Artist-led workshop
Week 4:     Teacher-led session
Week 5:    Artist-led workshop and project plenary

We would like to hear from practising artists who have experience of project delivery within secondary school settings, and we welcome applications from artists of BAME and MENA heritage.

To apply please email ACAVA Programme Manager Lisa Nash at lisa (dot) nash (at) acava (dot) org with:

  • A covering letter outlining your practice, how your experience meets the brief and why you are interested in the opportunity
  • A project outline (no longer than 1 side of A4) for the five-week programme
  • An up to date CV, including details of any experience you have in education settings
  • Five images that illustrate your practice and/or previous workshop experience and/or a link to your website
  • Details of any DBS check you hold (if you do not have an up to date certificate, we can arrange this for a fee)
  • Name and contact of two referees

Deadline for receipt of applications 29th March, 10am.

We will recruit three artists, two with a fine art background and one with a textiles background. There will be an opportunity for one of the artists to work with two of the groups.

Artist fee:




Artist and teacher planning

Half day


Artist further planning

Half day


Workshop delivery to include: 2 hour workshop, set up and clear up plus 1 hour weekly planning

× 3 Half days