About Us

Serendipity – Institute for Black Arts and Heritage, Leicester.  Serendipity’s mission is to centre perspectives from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora, embedded as part of cultural experiences for all.  Serendipity’s programmes include the flagship dance festival, Let’s Dance International Frontiers, Black History Month Leicester and the Annual Windrush Day Lecture. Serendipity have established a legacy; hosting a growing living archive documenting Black arts, heritage and culture, publishing the voices of Black arts practitioners and community activists, nurturing artists to create high quality new work and mentoring young people.

Opportunities

Digital Innovation Project Manager [3 Days a Week]

Serendipity is looking to recruit a Digital Innovation Project Manager. This post comes at an exciting time in the organisation’s development with the start of a new project, Black Digital Dance Revolution. Black Digital Dance Revolution is a nationally significant project working with regional partners; Serendipity (Leicester), Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Leeds), Dance City (Newcastle), Dance Umbrella (London) and beyond.  Drawing on the dance heritage of these four cities to develop a touring exhibition and online interface. In each location, a selected work of a trailblazing choreographer will be reimagined for the creation of a short dance film, accompanied by CPD opportunities, workshops and artist led residencies, commitment to access and underserved communities.

The purpose of the post is to establish a national and international digital touring programme, developing new audiences in person across the UK, online and internationally.  The Digital Innovation Project Manager will explore how digital and physical interfaces can be integrated to push the boundaries of how artistic work is created, documented, shared and taught through dance films, digital/physical exhibitions, wraparound work for conferences and courses.  This includes livestreaming, digital platforms, augmented reality, virtual reality, current technological development and the generation of new income streams.

Full Job Description

To Apply

Please email a copy of your CV and a cover letter to Pawlet Brookes, opportunities@serendipity-uk.com with the job title in the email subject.

 

Hours:
Part-Time (24 hours per week). To suit hours of business, including some evenings and weekends.

Contract:
March 2022 – December 2023 Fixed Term

Salary:
£21,000 (Pro-Rata) subject to experience

Start date:
March 2022 (subject to notice period)

Closing date for applications:
14 January 2022

Location:
Serendipity office in Leicester

Interviews:
Week Commencing 24 January 2022

 

Overcoming Barriers: The Impact of Arts Council Policy on the Careers of Black British Women in the Subsidised Dance Sector

Collaborative Doctoral Award in collaboration with Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Serendipity

This Collaborative Doctoral project between Central and Serendipity produces the first comprehensive study of the impact of Arts Council policy on the careers of Black women in the subsidised dance sector from 1985–2020. While Arts Council funding is often used as background context in studies of Black British dance, the project both develops a systematic overview and presents 15 case studies of Black women dance artists that engage the entanglements between performance and cultural power. Plotting the artistic outcomes and career trajectories of Black women against key Arts Council policy and reports will enable the student to critically interrogate the impact of intersectional oppression within dance historically and its legacies today. Thus, the project will generate alternative historical narratives of women who have been overlooked by British Dance. Working with the project partner Serendipity, the research will develop educational resources for dance students and audiences, and policy recommendations that will be published and presented to the Arts Council. The studentship will bring cultural industry, Arts policy and critical theory into dialogue and will enable the project partner Serendipity to better advocate for the next generation of arts funding for Black British women.

For this project, we will prioritize applicants with experience in anti-racist praxis, and are committed to engaging potential PhD researchers from underrepresented groups, including those with substantial professional experience.

For queries specific to the project, please contact project supervisor Kate Elswit on kate.elswit@cssd.ac.uk

 

What We Do

FESTIVALS

Let’s Dance International Frontiers and LDIF+

Launching each year on 29 April, to celebrate International Dance Day, LDIF brings diversity to the forefront in dance with a two week festival showcasing new work from local emerging talent to internationally acclaimed companies. Three dedicated platforms (Signatures, Autograph and Biography) support artistic development at different career stages. The programme also includes a national conference, films, workshops, site-specific projects and performances. LDIF+ is our year-round programme of continued professional development offering quality training in diverse dance techniques from around the world. Through conferences, workshops, masterclasses and courses with international practitioners, LDIF+ provides opportunities not widely available in the UK.

Black History Month and BHM Live

Serendipity, on behalf of Leicester City Council, coordinates Black History Month in the city each October. Trailblazing artists and activists from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora take centre stage in a programme featuring film, theatre, dance, lectures and exhibitions. Serendipity’s initiative BHM Live supports and highlights the work of emerging Black artists.

In 2017 Serendipity marked 30 years of Black History Month with Lost Legends, a National Lottery Heritage Funded project that recorded, documented and archived the contributions of Leicester’s African and African Caribbean community to the UK over the last three decades.

Conferences and Publications

A series of discussions and debates in partnership with universities and international agencies including, De Montfort University, University of Leicester and CARICOM. Each conference result in a publication, and to date Serendipity has released; Hidden Movement: Contemporary Voices of Black British Dance; Creolizing Dance in a Global Age; Blurring Boundaries: Urban Street meets Contemporary Dance; Black Women in Dance: Stepping Out of the Barriers; Identity and Choreographic Practice; Invisible Visibility: Diverse Voices within Inclusive Dance; Black Dance: A Contemporary Voice; and Lost Legends: 30 Years 30 Voices. Each book leaves a legacy of untold histories and debate around dance and diversity.

Creative Education

In partnership with training providers such as De Montfort University, Serendipity offers opportunities from internships and apprenticeships to placements and volunteer roles for people wishing to explore a career in arts administration or as a practitioner. Each student has a bespoke package that provides practical experiences and real insights into the area of work in which they are interested.

Additionally, LDIF+ offers year-round continued professional development for artists, provides opportunities and experiences such as workshops, masterclasses and residencies with leading artists and practitioners to supplement the curriculum and provide opportunities for nurturing artistic growth.

Serendipity Connect

Our Membership Scheme brings together artists, practitioners, enthusiasts and industry professionals to create an international community of creatives.

Serendipity Connect allows members to build and strengthen connections through discussions, experiences and exclusive events, as well as offering professional development, research and networking opportunities.

Find out how to join our creative community.

Archive

The regional digital archive encompasses the history African and African Caribbean communities in the East Midlands, whilst connecting the dots between national and international initiatives that document Black History. A physical archive is housed at Serendipity’s office at Bowling Green Street, allowing for a unique research opportunity. Through establishing partnerships and knowledge exchange, we aim to serve the needs of Leicester’s culturally diverse communities and use technology to open doors to how archival materials and intangible heritage is recorded, preserved and shared.

Cultural Product

We create resources and publish books suitable for researchers and enthusiasts. Our subject areas include dance, the arts, social and cultural history.

Commissioning

Serendipity is dedicated to supporting and commissioning new work across a variety of art forms. Its platforms include BHM Live, which provides opportunities for emerging Black artists to develop their work, and also Signatures, Autograph and Biography, three stands of work associated with Let’s Dance International Frontiers, supporting artists’ development throughout their careers from the emerging to the established.

Collaborate

Developing work in partnership with artists and organisations both in the UK and internationally, including Dance4, De Montfort University, CARICOM, Curve, Kulturconsulting, People Dancing and Take the Space.

Funders

\art Council England, Leicester City Council, Heritage Fund Logos