Artist in Residence opportunity at Queens Park Academy

Queens Park Academy are proud to be an inclusive, two-form entry primary school at the heart of a wonderfully diverse community in Bedford. They strive to give all pupils the tools they will need to become happy, healthy, useful citizens in the 21st century. Queens Park believe that access to high quality creative experiences help children achieve their aims.   

The School is looking for someone to help us provide inspiring activities that will help pupils develop practical creative skills. They would be happy to consider applications from either an excellent generalist or three more specialist artists to share the year.  

These practitioners do not need to be qualified teachers but they do need to have extensive experience working with primary age children (YR1-Y6). They must understand the need to provide an engaging curriculum and follow the schools’ policies and procedures, including those related to keeping children safe.   

The school would like the practitioner(s) to be freelance but able to commit to working with classes and their teachers either for a term or for the academic year.  

In collaboration with school staff, Queens Park Academy would like the practitioner(s) to develop what is presently just an empty classroom into an inspirational art studio where children will cover the national curriculum objectives but also get the opportunity to experiment with a much wider range of art techniques and materials than those they have been able to offer previously. 

School staff would work alongside the artists as part of their own professional development. The projects that the children would be working on would be linked to their curriculum topics and the artist would support the school to share the finished work with the wider school community in a variety of innovative ways. 

Queens Park Academy can offer: 

  • A designated space that we would expect the practitioner(s) to manage for the length of their tenue 
  • A fee of £7,000 per academic term  
  • A small budget to develop the art studio and buy materials  
  • Supportive colleagues and delightful children to work with 

If you are interested, please send Kellie Boucher at

  • Your CV 
  • Two brief case studies of work that you have carried out with this age group 
  • A covering note detailing why you would like to be considered for his role and whether you would like to work with us for the whole of the academic year or the autumn, spring or summer term  

If you would like to discuss the opportunities informally and have a look round the school, please do not hesitate to contact Kellie to make an appointment. The application deadline for these posts is 20/07/18. Interviews will take place in the week beginning 23/07/18.