Creative People and Places Director Role

During community consultations, both a love for green spaces and the borough’s well-known ‘down to earth’ attitude came across as very important to local people – giving the programme its name. Down To Earth will cultivate the people of Wigan’s sense of humour, love of fun to create joyful experiences together.

Down To Earth is one of the 39 projects initiated by Arts Council England’s national Creative People and Places (CPP) programme.

The Down To Earth consortium members are Arts At The Mill CIC (t/a The Old Courts, lead) and including Wigan Athletic Community Trust, Groundwork, Wigan Council, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Everything Human Rights.


We want to:

Meet people’s cultural needs and appetites, no matter their starting point

Take people on a journey from observer, to participant, to shaper & advocate

Build and develop new audiences for culture, that support the long-term
sustainability of culture in Wigan

Through 4 strands:

Stepping Stones: co-created deeply engaging work

Paths of Discovery: local, light touch & easy to access interventions

Moments of Joy: large-scale collective celebration

Legacy: long-term development opportunities


About You

As an exceptional creative leader and an enabler of others, you strive to provide equal access to world-class arts and culture for all and advocate widely for how creativity can transform lives.

You believe in the strength of true collaboration and the sharing of power with people so that arts and culture provision is shaped by the communities it is here to serve. You are curious, believing that there is much to be learned from local residents, organisations and active evaluation, and pride yourself on being a flexible, responsive leader who is excited to listen, respond and implement learnings to develop a programme that is completely unique to our diverse people and places.

You provide strong, ambitious and thoughtful leadership needed to deliver Down To Earth whilst championing cultural sustainability and instigating long-term change – leaving a cultural legacy for future generations.


How to Apply

We are actively seeking diversity our workforce. We would love to receive applications from people who identify as working class, LGBTQIA+, deaf or disabled, care-experienced, young carers, young people of South, East and Southeast Asian heritage, African or Caribbean heritage, Gypsy, Roma or Irish Traveller heritage or Latin heritage.

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to Jess Rotherham ( with the subject line APPLICATION – CPP PROJECT DIRECTOR. Your application should not exceed four A4 pages and should include your work history, qualifications or equivalent lived experience and should refer to how your skills and experience mean that you fit the essential and/or desirable criteria for the role of CPP Project Director.

Application deadline: Midday, Wednesday 13th July.

1st and 2nd stage interviews will be held between Wednesday 20th, Tuesday 21st and Friday 22nd July. We can provide a BSL interpreter if required. If you would like support with access, please contact Head of Development Jess Rotherham by email at`

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