Opportunity: Young Creatives Freelance


Can you use your creative skills to explore hidden histories and share those stories with a wider audience? Are you passionate about equal rights and collective activism? Do you enjoy collaborating with other artists to bring history to life? Would you like to be involved in a project which helps teach and inspire young people to get creative, learn about Manchester’s history and tell their own story.

If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, then we would like to hear from you. We have an exciting new opportunity for a group of artists to respond to the archive and history of the Pankhurst Centre.

For more information please download the role description document here. This includes the person specification, timeline and wider project information.

Download the PDF here >> Young Creative – Role Description

Download the Word Document here >> Young Creative – Role Description


The Pankhurst Trust are looking for 4 – 6 young creative professional artists to work together to create an exciting new digital art piece for the Rooms of Our Own Project. The artists must be aged between 18-25 years old and self-classify as ‘Early career’. By ‘Early Career’, we define this as an artist who has received specialist training in their field (not necessarily gained in an academic institution), who is at the beginning of their career, and who has created a modest independent body of work.

The creatives must be interested in collaborating and have a passion for inspiring young people with Manchester’s history and heritage.

The artists may be interested in film, illustration, design, audio, photography or other digital mediums.

You can apply as an individual artist looking to make connections and collaborate or you can apply as a collective of people already creating work together. You must indicate in your application if you are applying as an individual or as a collective.

Total fee: £10,500 to be split between the 4-6 freelance artists. Equivalent of £200 per day.

The brief is in two parts. The first part is to make a piece of digital artwork and the second is to help run creative workshops with young people in Manchester in the Summer of 2022.

Part 1: Digital artwork

The young creatives will create an innovative and dynamic piece of digital artwork which tells the stories uncovered in the Rooms of our own project. Therefore, the final artwork must be inspired by themes in the archive and the history of the Pankhurst Centre. These themes could include an artwork about personal identity, collective activism, human rights and equal rights.

The purpose of the final art piece is to encourage more people to learn about and become interested in the recent history of the Pankhurst Trust.

The final artwork will go on public digital display in October 2022 so must be finished by September 2022.

What format the artwork takes is currently open and will be based on the interests and skills of the artists commissioned. Some ideas for the final artwork could include:

  • A short film documenting the project.
  • A visual branding identity for the project which would include a designed logo, illustrations and a colour scheme.
  • A digital timeline which shows the Pankhurst’s history.
  • Something digital which is interactive e.g. a website or a game.
  • An online magazine or similar publication
  • A piece of music

The Young Creatives will be supported by members of the Rooms of Our Own team including the Project Coordinator, Freelance Archivist and Engagement Coordinator. However, there is no additional budget to cover the costs of other artists or creatives so the entirety of the artwork must be made by the collective of artists.

The Young Creatives will be expected to attend regular meetings to discuss their ideas and share progress of the artwork. They will also be expected to come to the Pankhurst Trust to look through the archive and other collected material to inform their final artwork and ideas for the workshops.

Part 2: Summer 2022 workshops

Working closely with the Rooms of Our Own Engagement Coordinator, the young creatives will deliver art workshops aimed at people aged 16-18 years old. The content of these workshops is currently open and will be based on the Young Creatives own skills and interests. It will be a chance for the Young Creatives to share and teach their skills such as filmmaking, music recording, animation, illustration or design. Young people coming to the workshops could come from community groups such as Reclaim and the Proud Trust.

How to apply

Please submit a C.V. or equivalent digital creative portfolio along with a written or audio recorded cover letter no longer than two pages in length and no more than 2 photographs or website links to previous creative projects.

In your cover letter you should evidence how you meet the person criteria, why you are interested in the brief, what your creative interests or specialisms are in (e.g., film making, illustration or graphic design), how the project would benefit your professional development and how you would respond to the creative brief.

Please write on your cover letter if you are applying as an individual wanting to collaborate with other artists or if you are applying as a collective of artists. If you are applying as a group of artists please briefly introduce every artist in your application but only submit one application as a group.

Please submit your application to Charlie Booth on charlie@manchesterhistories.co.uk by the deadline Tuesday 10th May 2022 at 5pm.

Please write in the subject heading ‘APPLICATION FOR YOUNG CREATIVES – ROOMS OF OUR OWN’

If you would like to speak to someone about the opportunity please email Charlie Booth on charlie@manchesterhistories.co.uk or ring the Pankhurst Centre on 0161 273 5673