Amber Film and Photography Collective CIC is looking to expand its pool of freelance artists to support and provide potential cover for our core delivery team, working on the spring and summer delivery of our unique Education Programme of inspirational Arts-Based Learning funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Programme delivery is focussed in North Tyneside, where we work exclusively with Key Stage 2 pupils from Carville and New York Primary Schools.

Amber’s Primary Source Programme has been developed over the past 10 years, to engage schools and their communities and is underpinned by Amber’s established reputation for excellence in documentary practice and deep historical engagement in the region for over 50 years. The programme introduces our documentary practice and ethos to schools providing skills-based training in filmmaking and photography, providing pupils with the creative tools they will use to engage with and explore their community and local area. Projects produce high quality creative outputs, including public exhibitions and film screenings and typically draw inspiration from the UNESCO accredited AmberSide Collection, featuring films and photographs produced and commissioned by Amber, depicting the North East’s industrial and socio-cultural transformation over the past 50 years. Pupils explore the past in their documentation of the present and the Collection provides the opportunity to involve community volunteers in our projects, and typically includes older people with a lived history and connection to the work, who are able to provide invaluable access to it through their involvement.

The programme is funded annually on a renewable basis and is expected to continue until Summer 2026. While the majority of the project delivery programme for this year has been agreed upon, subsequent years will see an expansion delivery with additional schools, which will present more opportunities for freelance artists to contribute to the continued development and delivery of the programme

Skills Training Delivery

We provide entry-level DSLR and broadcast standard digital video cameras and kits for each project. We have also developed in-house PowerPoint skills-based training resources created specifically for this programme, which will become the foundation of our classroom session delivery. Filmmaking training is focused on small production crews conducting a professional documentary interview, utilising broadcast standard digital video. This culminates in a Production Day assignment in the local community, the results of which are then used to create a film and/or photographic exhibition.

Please access the following link to watch the project film Shipbuilding on the Tyne:


Core Tasks

• Engage with existing research data about the impact of Amber’s Primary Source Programme, and Amber’s approach to Enquiry and Project Based Learning (EPBL).

• As part of the Amber team, deliver skills training utilising Amber’s PowerPoint training resources

• As part of the Amber team, deliver hands on skills training utilising DSLR or HD Video cameras, to pupils, teachers and support staff.

• Work in alignment with each school’s vision, ethos and values.

• Contribute to and support the development and evaluation of the programme.

Person Specification

• Availability in April, May, June and July

• Experience of working with primary-aged pupils

• Experience of leading or delivering creative film or photography projects in schools

• Strong collaborative and team working skills • Able to work autonomously

• Punctual, self-reliant and adaptable

• Excellent presentation and communication skills

• Commitment to improving outcomes for disadvantaged children

• Commitment to participate in safeguarding training

• Up to date Enhanced DBS

• Public Liability Insurance

Key Skills

Applicants should demonstrate their ability and previous experience of:

• A documentary and / or community arts practice

• Teaching practical photography or filmmaking skills to a wide range of children and young people

• Participatory/engagement skills – having a clear understanding of what makes a “good lesson” and how photography and filmmaking can be used to engage and build confidence in children and young people. • Experience of collaborative practice with educators or other artists

• Post Production Skills


Application Deadline : Monday 25th March 2024

Interviews : TBC

Project Delivery : April to July

Location : Wallsend and North Shields, North Tyneside

Number of Days : Est. 4+

Artist Fee : Planning and Research, £200.00 per day. Session Delivery (in school) £250.00 per day. 

How to Apply

Please email your CV with a covering letter of no more than two sides of A4 to by 10.00am on Monday 25th March

Please put Primary Source : Freelance Practitioner, as the subject heading.

The covering letter should address the following:

• A summary of your understanding of Amber’s Education Programme and how it connects with the AmberSide Collection.

• How your experience relates to project delivery.

• Any relevant web links to your work or current/past participatory programmes

• Evidence of previous relevant school-based work

Additional Information

Amber Website :

Amber Education Projects : Shipbuilding on the Tyne :

Project Film –

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