Open on: 04/08/2021
Closing on: 09/08/2021
Hours per week
We are looking for an Activity Coordinator / Citizen Journalists to work in Queens Market over the summer
This summer Queen’s Market is Talking Shop! As part of a programme to improve the Queen’s Market complex, we are working with local people to understand what makes it tick. We are hiring four new team members to help us deliver an exciting programme of research and events this summer!
There are currently four different projects to improve the Market and Queens Square, create Affordable Workspaces, and build a Creative Wellbeing Hub. JA Projects and Architecture are both East London based multidisciplinary architecture and design practices who are working closely with the council to deliver three of these schemes.
A component of our design process is called ‘co-design’. This is when we work together with the local community to design parts of the project. Co-design is important for us as it allows us to understand the needs of local people, and ensure their experience and ambitions shape the project. As part of our co-design programme, we are preparing a series of events to take place across the summer months to celebrate Queen’s Market and Queens Square, and discuss how we can make it even better.
JA Projects are working on designs for the inside of Queens Market and for Queens Square. This summer, we will be testing our ideas with local people and businesses to understand what works and what doesn’t. Our programme, called Talking Shop will engage with market traders, shoppers and residents through informal conversations at our market stall, and through a series of events, which test our design ideas.
We are looking to hire someone to help us deliver our event programme in the market. By painting the market floor we can test how to signpost what it has to offer. By running sports activities in the market when it isn’t open, we can understand if it’s possible to run a permanent programme of activities. By breaking bread together, we can understand traders’ concerns and address them from day one.
Do you love making signs? Are you a cricket fan? Do you love fresh market produce? This could be the job for you. Don’t worry – you don’t need to be the best artist, sportsperson or chef – we’re interested in working with local people who have a passion for mobilising community groups, organising events, working with young people and documenting activities. Most of all we are looking for someone with a passion for the area and its cultures.
Architecture00 are working on the design of a new affordable workspace which will be located behind the market to provide studio and co-working space for a range of local creatives, entrepreneurs, small businesses and young people. As part of this project we would like to better understand the businesses that require space but also how a new employment hub behind Green Street can still reflect the spirit and culture which makes it such a special place.
2 Summer Citizen Journalists
We are hiring 2 Summer Citizen Journalists to undertake on-site research for a total of 6 days each – from recording observations and conversations on-site by supporting the design team during community engagement events, and finally taking those learnings and showcasing them through a media of your choice.
1 Project Citizen Journalist
If this sounds of interest but you would like a longer-term opportunity there is also a chance to support the design team as a Project Citizen Journalist – working across the project through to building delivery. This role would be a total of 12 days across the project lifespan and would provide insight for an individual who has an interest in or an ambition to work in the built environment (whether it be design, architecture, construction or other).
The roles are part-time and paid at London Living Wage. We are looking for applicants aged 18-25, and are especially keen to hear from local young people who are familiar with the market and are interested in the future of their neighborhood.
These roles are to run throughout the summer across a 6 week period, with the Activity Coordinator totaling 12 days support, and the Summer Citizen Journalist roles totalling 6 days each. The final working arrangement is flexible and will be agreed with successful applicants when they start work. To kick off, we will run a workshop all together to share information about the project and prepare upcoming plans.
We anticipate that the four team-members will work closely together, with regular time slots and a collaborative working environment. You will get a flavour of working with two celebrated architecture and art practices and we are excited to help you develop your own interests in the built environment and its relationship to research, cultural production, sports, food, journalism and community mobilisation.
Two Week Placement
As part of the training programme, there is also an opportunity to undertake a paid 2 week placement with Architecture 00. This will be an optimal opportunity to get insight into a multidisciplinary Design practice whilst also developing your research for Queen’s Market.
● An interest in architecture and built environment
● A commitment to community participation in architecture projects
● Ability to support the organising of events
● Independent work ethic allowing you to work by yourself and as part of a team
● A-C Maths and English grades at GCSE
● Ability to speak some Gujurati, Urdu, Bengali, Pujabi, Hindi, Romanian or another language
● An interest in research, performance and sport
● Experience putting together written work (Citizen Journalist)
● A passion for art, sport, cooking (Activity Coordinator)
Activity Coordinator (1 position);
Summer Citizen Journalist (2 positions);
Project Citizen Journalist (1 position).
We will conduct informal online interviews with selected candidates and inform them of appointment by the 17th August 2021.
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