Closing date: 10:00 on Monday 11 February 2019 
Interview date: Tuesday 26 February 2019 
Start date: Monday 25 March 2019 
End date: Friday 14 June 2019 

Background 

The idea at the heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is simple: anyone with a desire to perform and a venue willing to host them is welcome. No individual or committee determines who can or cannot perform at the Fringe.

It all began in 1947 with eight companies – six of them from Scotland – taking a risk, turning up uninvited and performing on the ‘fringe’ of the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival. Over 70 years later, the Fringe has grown to become the greatest platform for creative freedom in the world, second only to the Olympics in terms of global ticketed events. In 2018, 3,548 shows took place in 317 venues across Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is the charity that was established by artists to act as the custodian of the Fringe. We exist to support, advise and encourage everyone who wants to participate in the Fringe, provide information and assistance to audiences, and promote the Fringe and what it stands for all over the world.

We are seeking to appoint an experienced individual to the position of Artworker, reporting to the Designer. 

The Artworker will assist the Designer to prepare a wide variety of materials for the 2019 Festival Fringe. The successful candidate will be involved in the design and production of merchandise, signage, other materials and publications, for various Fringe Society teams. In addition to this the Artworker will work within a small team to produce the printed Fringe Programme which is typeset, proofed, edited and supplied to print over a two-week period. 
In 2018, the Fringe Programme contained 3,548 shows across 317 venues. Distributed both nationally and internationally, it plays a significant role in communicating show times, synopses and tickets prices to audiences, the media and promoters, to help them decide what to see in August. The accuracy of information contained within the programme is critical for building audiences and facilitating ticket booking.

Role and responsibilities

You will perform a range of duties, including: 

  • Working alongside the Designer and other typesetters to produce the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Programme.
  • Working closely with the Programme and Registration team to make amendments and corrections to typeset programme pages.
  • Checking third party advertising artwork has been received and is print ready for programme.  
  • Designing and producing various materials on a number of projects using Fringe campaign assets and branding, including creating merchandise, signage and other print items.
  • Assisting the Designer with the production of official Fringe maps, in-house advertising, posters and other materials.
  • Working with other Fringe Society teams as required.

Person specification 

Essential

  • Demonstrable experience within the creative industry, preferably in an artworker role.
  • Strong working knowledge of using Adobe Creative Cloud especially InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Relevant qualifications at HND level or above or equivalent work experience.  
  • Strong portfolio which demonstrates proficiency across a range of platforms.
  • A good understanding of preparing artwork for print and web.  
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritise tasks and follow design briefs.
  • Fast and accurate typesetting skills using InDesign. 
  • Able to work with precision over an extended period with a high volume of last-minute corrections and amendments.

Desirable

  • Previous experience working in the Edinburgh festivals or arts marketing.
  • Previous experience of working with brand guidelines. 
  • Knowledge of producing animations and/or video editing using Adobe CC software or similar.

Rate of pay and hours of work 

The rate of pay for this post is £420.00 per week (35 hours). 

Normal hours of work are from 10:00 to 18:00 (including a one-hour unpaid lunch break) worked over five days between Monday and Sunday. Your working hours will be organised according to a rota system. A willingness to be flexible is required as you may be asked to work additional hours to meet deadlines and this is likely in the weeks between 30 April - 20 May. 

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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is committed to reducing its environmental impacts in its everyday operations. We are also committed to maintaining the open-access policy of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We are also proud to be a Disability Confident Employer and aim to successfully employ and retain disabled people and those with health conditions. We expect employees to support these commitments and to assist in their realisation.

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