We Are Recruiting: Whitby Bird Brains: Workshop facilitators

About the Project:  The Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby, is delighted to have received funding from The Wild Escape, a National project led by Art Fund and supported by Arts Council England, which invites children (ages 7-11) to find a favourite animal in their local museum and create artworks imagining its ‘escape’ back to its natural habitat.

Pannett Art Gallery will be using the beautiful ceramic birds and wildlife drawings from the Soper collection to inspire a Whitby Bird Brains project.

From January to July 2023 we will be hosting workshops and activities for children and families, when children can create artworks and creative writing or learn about birds and their habitats.

We will also take part in Earth Day, 22 April 2023, when the pictures and writing that children have created in their workshops and activities will be brought together in a collective work of art, launched during a weekend of activities for all ages in museums across the UK.

Role: Workshop facilitators The Pannett Art Gallery is looking for enthusiastic, creative, and inspiring workshop facilitators to deliver creative sessions which encourage creative responses to ceramic birds and wildlife drawings from Pannett Art Gallery’s Soper Collection.

Project details:  Workshop facilitators will deliver one or more workshops to encourage the creation of artworks that encourage awareness of and interest in the beauty of garden birds, their habitat, and biodiversity. These craft activities will explore ways of identifying different species, and raising awareness of ways we can protect, care for, and encourage the maintenance of their natural habitat.

Most workshops will be drop-in activities for families in the gallery or Pannett Park grounds. We would encourage workshop facilitators to use recycled materials where possible to create artworks. Whilst running these sessions the artist will encourage discussion about birds and their habitats.

This project requires artists with experience of working with children aged 7-11 and their families and an understanding of age-appropriate language and concepts.  The workshop leader must have their own transport.

The workshop facilitators will:   Develop and deliver one or more workshop(s) suitable for children aged 7-11 and their families

Responsible to:  The Whitby Bird Brains Project Coordinator

The Whitby Bird Brains Project Coordinator will organise the sessions, in consultation with the workshop leader.

Location:  Pannett Art Gallery, Pannett Park, Whitby, YO21 1RN

Most of the workshops will take place in Pannett Art Galley or Pannett Park grounds

Fee: £150.00 per session (this is a fixed sum to include all expenses.  A small budget may be available for materials)

 Skills / attributes required:

You will:       

  • Be organised and sensitive to the needs of others
  • Be highly motivated and have the skills to motivate and support others
  • Have excellent artistic skills
  • Enjoy working with children and community groups
  • Have excellent communication skills and be able to enthuse children and teachers
  • Have excellent time management and project management skills
  • Be able to work independently and on your own initiative
  • Be prepared to comply with Whitby Town Council policies and procedures
  • Be willing to work flexible hours as required

Workshops will run from January – July 2023.

 How to apply

 Please submit no more than one side of A4 explaining any relevant experience you may have and any ideas you would propose for one or more workshops.

Please include your name and contact details

Submissions should be made by email to Miriam Shone c/o

Deadline for submissions:   6th January 2023



Pannett Art Gallery, Pannett Park, Whitby YO21 1RE
01947 600933
The WILD Escape