We are seeking to appoint a knitter in residence at the University of Glasgow as part of the ‘Knitting in the Round Project’ located in the School of Humanities (History), College of Arts and supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Duration: Fixed term appointment – flexible hours in October 2014 (to include Wool Week, 6-12 October)
Fee: £1000 (pro rata and to include expenses for materials)
Background Knitting in the Round: Hand-Knitted Textiles and the Economies of Craft in Scotland
The Knitting in the Round project is a RSE network at the University of Glasgow, led by Professor Lynn Abrams and Dr Marina Moskowitz. The aim of the network is to develop collaborations between a range of sectors: business, heritage, education, tourism and culture and arts; and to explore how historical understandings of knit as an economic, creative and cultural practice inform modern and contemporary uses of this textile practice. Knit is the pin-up craft for sustainability, creativity and authenticity. Knitting in the Round is investigating the transformation from small-scale, home-based craft production to one of Scotland’s most identifiable brands and exploring the relationships that knit facilitates: between young and old, across continents, between practitioners and researchers, producers and consumers, in the Scottish and international context. Through a series of events combining practice and theory we will interrogate the meaning of knit in the present and the past. The result will be greater public understanding of the ways in which knit contributes to the Scottish economy, to health and wellbeing and to cultural enrichment.
- To offer members of the University opportunities to engage with hand knitting and to better understand its significance in Scotland’s economy and culture
- To generate awareness of knit as a skill and of the place of hand knit in Scotland’s heritage
- To highlight the sustainability, creativity and authenticity of hand knit
The Knitter in residence will spend time on the Gilmorehill site of the University of Glasgow with the prime aim of engaging members of the University (including students, support staff and academics) with hand knit. S/he will have access to most areas of the campus. The knitter in residence may work with one of the University collections in order to highlight the value of knit as a creative and sustainable craft; may develop a project in dialogue with one of the University’s areas of teaching and research, or may undertake work which will inform one of the project’s Community Engagement Events. The precise undertakings will be agreed between the successful applicant and the project leaders. At the end of the residence the knitter will write a short piece for the University Newsletter.
Person Specification The successful candidate will have:
- experience of hand knit instruction or residency work
- the ability to talk about and demonstrate their work to groups of various sizes and backgrounds
- some experience of delivering workshops to community groups
- Good communication skills
- Excellent hand knitting skills
Terms and Conditions
The post will be based at the University of Glasgow
The fee for the residency will be paid on a pro-rata basis (hourly rate) depending on experience of the appointee
The hours and duration are to be determined on appointment but the residency must be in operation during Wool Week (6-12 October 2014)
There is no allowance for accommodation.
How to Apply
Please apply in writing by post or by email to:
Roslyn Chapman (Project administrator)
‘Knitting in the Round’ Project
School of Humanities
9 University Gardens
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QQ
Closing date: 13 June 2014
Applications should include:
- A CV (including any experience of community based work)
- A letter of application (including a proposal for a project you might undertake during the residency)
- A sample of your work (photographs or weblinks demonstrating your knitting expertise and, if appropriate, evidence of community engagement activity)
For further details of the project see here.