Cowley Road Carnival has grown since 2001 to be one of the region's biggest multicultural, community based, outdoor arts events, taking place on the first Sunday in July each year. In 2014 and 2015, Carnival attracted around 45,000 people and an estimated 50,000 in 2016 – it was preceded by months of fundraising events and project workshops. The event includes a Carnival procession with schools and community groups, hundreds of performers, stalls, and arts and participatory activities. Cowley Road Carnival is currently in planning for Sunday 2nd July 2017.
Cowley Road Carnival is produced by the charity, Cowley Road Works (CRW). The mission of Cowley Road Works is to engage and celebrate diverse communities through cultural and educational events culminating in an annual Carnival in Oxford.
Volunteer recruitment and coordination, building on the foundation laid by the outgoing Volunteer Coordinator, including:
Fee £2,000 fixed fee Paid in five monthly instalments
To apply: please send a letter of application with your CV and contact details for 2 referees to:
Executive Director, Cowley Road Works, c/o Pegasus, Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RE
Deadline for applications is Sunday 26th February 2017
Interviews for short listed candidates will be held between 7th - 9th of March – Date TBC,
• To lead on maintaining existing partnerships and positive relationships with all partner performance venues.
• To support and engage with venue programming in all pubs, bars and Community centres by fostering positive and meaningful relationships with all venue managers and owners in and around Cowley Road. This will feed in to a programming spreadsheet that will underpin creation of official event programmes.
• To deliver a number of awareness raising events in partnership with said venues pre Carnival.
• To support mentoring, stewarding, professional development and monitoring of all associates, volunteers and trainees and support funded outreach projects as appropriate.
• To work in partnership with Artistic Producer to achieve a branded and consistent vision to the event.
• To firmly establish the procession as a strong creative piece in its own right by raising expectations, aspirations and procession content (artistic), feel and look.
• To attract, organise, monitor and programme procession content/ participants before during and post event. As Producer of this part of Carnival it is imperative that you take control of the artistic feel and message of the procession in accordance with the Carnival 2017 theme which is Industry and Technology. Some work in this regard has already been done and will be discussed during handover.
• Curate, live music and other performances in partnership with all partner venues, pubs, bars and community centers in and around Cowley Road.
• Mentor and work with Associate Producers/ volunteers as appropriate.
• Make the most of resources available and develop potential for further resources for this and future events, through earned income, funding and in-kind support. Monitor all support and in kind contributions from all venues and partners.
• Collaborate effectively with the Event Manager and other CRW freelance staff to meet deadlines for submission of documents to the Safety Advisory Group and City Council
• Produce the Carnival procession, with a view to upping the artistic excellence, instilling a visible theme and creative contribution from ALL participants.
• Encourage inclusivity of diverse groups and touring factions of other processions where possible.
• Liaise with Artistic Producer, Oxford Extra Arts, Oxford Brookes, Fusion Arts, Pegasus Theatre to prepare for and contribute to celebration/ launch event for all participants and teachers to include twilight training sessions around structures, Movement and theme.
• Outreach to and contact with a diverse range of community groups, bands etc, to encourage and support participation in the procession and enhanced artistic excellence within the procession – Be aware of opportunities to attract touring content from other carnivals in to our own.
• Oversee planning and management of the procession, including line-up, choreography, meeting, launch and disbanding of the procession at the event – Use Procession Production assistant to help organise this process.
• Consult with disability groups as appropriate regarding access and participation in the procession – Liaise with Exec Director and Unlimited Oxfordshire.
• Work closely with other event producers and the Event Manager to create a cohesive and vibrant event.
• Liaise with the Volunteer Coordinator regarding training, briefing and supervision of procession stewards, Procession Assistants, and other volunteers involved in production and zone management
• Advise procession participants regarding disposal/recycling of procession materials and ensure all procession materials are removed by participants
• Plan end of procession logistics – Liaise with wrap up bands ( e.g Horns of plenty) and stalls coordinator to make sure procession dispersal and Content showcasing can happen smoothly.
Fee £4 000, paid in monthly instalments of £800
To apply please send a letter of application with your CV and details of 2 referees to:
Executive Director, Cowley Road Works at email@example.com
Deadline for applications is Sunday 26th Feb 2017
Interviews likely to be Thursday 2nd March (to be confirmed with successful applicants)
The Stalls and Traders Coordinator role will support the mission and aims of the charity by recruiting and managing stalls for the Carnival event to contribute to the diversity of culture and activity and to generate essential income, building on previous stall holder records and responding to incoming enquiies. The role could be extended for the right candidate to engaging with local, premises based traders to secure their support for and participation in the Carnival event.
The Stalls and Traders Coordinator will work with a team of freelance staff, in particular with the Executive Director, Event Manager and Creative Producer.
This job description is a guide to the nature of the work required; it is not comprehensive or restrictive.
Essential (must have) Desirable (should have)
Abilities & Aptitudes
To apply: please send a letter of application, including names and contact details for 2 referees, with your CV attached to:
Johannah Aynsley, Executive Director, Cowley Road Works,
c/o Pegasus, Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RE,
or email directly to
Deadline for applications is: 12 midnight on Sunday 12 February 2017
Interviews for short listed candidates will be on: Weds 22nd Feb 2017
Download the job desccription as a pdf: Stalls Traders Coordinator JD Cowley Road Carnival 2017 (2).pdf
We are looking to enhance our Board of Trustees by appointing a new Chair Person to lead us as we grow and expand our services.
We want to deliver more and better arts and cultural events, and we need to develop both our income generation and infrastructure in order to achieve that goal. We hope to find an individual with experience of leadership in the cultural, arts, public, private or not for profit sector, who can drive strategic thinking, is skilled at people management and is knowledgeable about finance.
We are particularly in need an individual with strong contacts or links in to the arts and commercial world, although we are open to meeting all applicants interested in this role.
Applicants would ideally live within commuting distance of our offices in Oxfordshire although those residing further out around the UK would be considered if appropriate. A commitment of attending a trustee meeting once every two months and being contactable by Exec director for focus sessions and prospect meetings where necessary is required along with an expectation to attend key annual events such as Carnival and annual fundraisers.
If you'd like to help us with the valuable work we do and you see value in providing cultural events/ experiences to even the most disenfranchised of communities, this could be a great opportunity for you.
We are also looking for three new trustee board members. We have a particular interest in members with arts, events, wealth management and / or legal experience.
Cowley Road Works (CRW) is a small, independent charity, which took over the production of the annual Cowley Road Carnival in 2009; We deliver one of the UK's biggest, free, outdoor cultural events and are one of the most successful carnivals in the UK, superseded only by the grandfather of all carnivals, Notting Hill.
Due to our measured and impressive social impact, the charity endeavoured to provide a programme of year round access to cultural activity and engagement for the whole community; originally inspired by the rich diversity of the Cowley Road area and its inhabitants we now reach out across the whole city. For seven years we have been providing cultural engagement events, social impact projects and much needed community cohesion work.
CRW uses arts and cultural events as a platform to interact positively with different groups facing a myriad of social and cultural barriers. Through our work we raise funds, awareness and access to cultural and arts based learning, activity and engagement, regardless of socio-economic barriers.
Access to world class arts, culture and learning as a tool for personal growth, community cohesion and wellbeing is the under pinning principal of all CRW's delivery and the essence of Cowley Road Carnival.
The Carnival is the region's biggest and most celebrated public event and the cultural spring board for a year round programme of outreach delivered by the organisation.
If you would like to help us expand and increase the valuable work we do, we would love to hear from you.
Please contact Johannah Aynsley, the Executive Director via the following email;
Director, Cowley Road Works, c/o Pegasus, Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RE
We depend on volunteers to support the year round work of the charity which culminates in Carnival. If you would like to help, or have ideas or skills which you think would benefit the carnival, please take a look at our Volunteering Page for our current volunteer roles or get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org .