Camden Palace Hotel Community Arts Centre: Volunteer Webmaster & Facebook Page Manager
We want to find a volunteer webmaster who can give a few hours a month to manage our web site which uses WordPress.
We are shortly launching a campaign to raise funds to buy our own permanent premises in Cork city centre. We need our web site updated and amended to create an authoritative web presence to complement and anchor our social media activity.
It is not an onerous task, as most of our live updates will be made on social media platforms. However it is an important role that will maintain our public face. We will provide the web content, layout and design. You will just have to bring your magic to present us professionally online. The time commitment is estimated to be a few hours a month for a period of twelve months.
It will be a busy and exciting time as the campaign is designed to reach across the world to the diaspora of Irish and other nationalities who have been supporters of ours over the years. Your impact will be an important element as part of what we are doing.
The volunteer webmaster we are looking for is a person who likes what we do, and who is very familiar with the WordPress platform. It doesn’t matter where you live, so long as you have the skills and the desire to help this unique community arts organisation move to the next chapter in its history.
To chat with us, and to get a feel for what this role will be like, WhatsApp a message to Dave McCarthy at 0862296183
Facebook Page Manager
Camden Palace Hotel Community Arts Centre wants to recruit a volunteer manager for a dedicated Facebook page that will play a key role in our campaign to raise the funds necessary to open new premises in Cork city centre. We will use Facebook plus other social media platforms to connect with and secure the endorsement of individual artists and arts organisations to give public support for our project, to influence potential donors, and to spread public awareness of what we are building.
We are looking for somebody with a commitment to the development of collaborative community arts, who understands its potential as a springboard for emerging artists across all creative genres, and who recognises its potential as an entry point for people who do not normally engage with the arts.
If you think you might be the person we are looking for, and want to join a team that is bursting with creativity, send a WhatsApp message to Dave McCarthy at 0862296183
About Camden Palace
Camden Palace Hotel is unique as a community arts organisation. It operated for eight years with zero state funding, managing to survive, grow, develop and finally to thrive on rental income, private donations and box office receipts alone.
Starting in a tiny space years earlier, its exciting philosophy attracted so many new artists that it kept having to move to bigger and bigger premises.
In 2009 we were gifted the use of a large but dilapidated building complex that extended to 4,000 square metres on two floors, plus large outdoor space. There we opened 22 artist studios which we rented at affordable cost to artists and craft workers. A number of workshop spaces were kitted, which was available to rent at a cheap rate to creative groups and individuals around the city who could not afford commercial prices.
In time we had a dark room, a dance studio, a band and theatre rehearsal space, an art house cinema. A huge art gallery space filled with natural light, that doubled up as an event space, a radio station, a recording studio, and very large spaces for events that needed them such as gigs, theatre productions etc.
Very few of the activities were delivered by Camden Palace Hotel itself. Rather we facilitated individual artists and collectives to plan, manage and deliver their own events, which we often assisted with technical expertise, advice and guidance, especially to artists who were newly emerging in their field.
This speed of this growth, the scale achieved and the diversity of creative activities under one huge roof is probably with unprecedent in Ireland. What made this possible is that the resident artists are not just tenants. They are a team of collaborators who take collective responsibility for everything from the management of the building and its facilities to the promotion and mounting of successful events delivered by other artists in the centre. It extends to artists being encouraged and facilitated to collaborate with each other across different creative mediums, to share ideas, to provoke new visions in a process that is both supportive and affirming, especially between artists of different levels of experience. This dynamic relationship within the community of resident artists feeds on a shared understanding that art in all its forms is essential to the health and growth of society.
That relationship between the resident artists and the management of the centre is the basis for the relationship between Camden Palace Hotel and the city of Cork. Patrons are not simply attracted by exciting and high quality exhibitions, courses, events and entertainment; they are swept in to immerse themselves in the process of creativity. This is achieved by a conscious outreach that demystifies art, that shows that it is attainable and relevant, that reveals to people that they all have creative abilities, that proves that experience and enjoyment of art practice is not an elite pursuit, but the property of everybody. It is achieved by making hand-on creative activity cheap or free. It happens organically when people who visit for one reason often end up doing something else as well. It is helped by a strong social media presence in which networking tools are used with great effect. It appeals to people of every age and culture. Hosting performances and activities is of course vital to maintain a healthy income stream, but our real success is in revealing to people for the first time their untapped, possibly unrecognised potential to enjoy, appreciate and create art themselves.
We do not just do that with individuals. We also host a wide and varied cast of groups and individuals who rehearse, perform, record, create, write, and display in a setting where they know that their work is valued, recognised, validated, even celebrated. It is no accident that so many people who enter our centre to take enjoy or take part in one activity often leave having done something completely new and unexpected. It is not just our ambition to achieve outcomes like that. It defines us as an organisation.
Because of the support we get from the people of Cork, we are able to introduce new and emerging artists to new audiences. We do this by encouraging artists to co-exhibit with established figures in the art world, to play back-up to more established bands, to write content for broadcast or print in highly regarded media. We succeed when we see an emerging talent backing themselves to stay on their creative path, perhaps supporting themselves financially by taking on paid work elsewhere, but staying true to their artistic identities and continuing to produce their work and search for buyers to pay for their work.
Having failed to secure an offer of replacement premises to accommodate our work, we have decided to raise funds to buy our own space in the city centre. This is a new and exciting challenge, as it is many years since an arts organisation has attempted this in Cork.