Plug In Creatives


Signals is excited to announce the launch of Plug In Creatives, an exciting opportunity for four creatives who work with technology to learn practical skills in planning and delivering community engagement workshops.

Plug In Creatives will support artists and creative practitioners to develop their skills as workshop leaders and community project workers through an artist development programme.

Signals wishes to increase the number and diversity of creative practitioners to deliver a range of work in the local area and invites artists to apply for this paid development programme which will include four days of taught sessions and supported practical community engagement workshops.

What is Plug In Creatives?

A artist training programme supported by Arts Council England.  Signals are looking for 4 artists to take part in this programme where they will receive bespoke training from educators and safeguarding specialists to explore how they can engage with communities to share their own skills and empower those communities.

The artists will then put their skills into practice on live projects with Signals. Each artist will be paired with one of four community groups to, with the support of Signals, devise and deliver workshops where participants will learn new skills and create new work.

What you will do

  1. Introduction to co-production, education and community work, work with experienced tutors and local arts organisations, gain and understanding of process, evaluation and outputs and outcomes.
  2. Understanding safeguarding, legal, DBS checks, working safely, freelance working
  3. Working with children, young people, dealing with challenging behaviours. Working with Special Educational Needs and disability.
  4. Planning, preparing, creating leaning materials. Accreditation e.g. Arts award
  5. Work with an assigned community group to deliver 4 workshop sessions. This will be supported by and experienced practitioner
  6. Participate in Plug In Creatives symposium, a two-day professional development event where artists, community participants and industry experts share experiences and develop skills.


The four participating artists will:

  • Have increased confidence and experience of working as workshop leaders
  • Have safeguarding training and a DBS
  • Increased employability, and sustainability as artists
  • Have met, networked and worked with potential local employers

Who We’re Looking For

This opportunity is open to individuals all at stages of their career, working in any creative form where digital technology is a part of their process, including (but not limited to); animation, robotics, coding, music/sound, VR, interactive performance, 3D modelling and beyond.

No previous experience of educating or workshop facilitating is required, this will be taught throughout the development program. Applicants should be within commuting distance of Colchester.

Signals is seeking people with different life experiences, and we encourage those who can increase the diversity apply, this includes, but not limited to; women working with technology, ethnic minorities, disabled and neurodivergent people and those from lower economic backgrounds.

Plug In: Creatives will culminate in a 2-day symposium where artists and community representatives will share their experiences with the cultural sector and explore ways to best engage less represented groups through co-production.

This is a paid opportunity and Artist will receive a fee of £2,070.

Important Dates

Application deadline: Monday 5th September 2022, 10am

Interviews: Week beginning Monday 12th September 2022

Sessions: 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th October (10am start)

How to Apply

Applications are now closed.

If you have any questions about the application process or the programme itself, please get in touch by contacting