Callout for Co-Lead Facilitator-Writer for Lost Voices Project

Lost Voices – creatively exploring the lost voices of young people who have not traditionally been heard. Young people with experience of the care system. Young people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Supporting them to find their voice, develop, shape and create their own large scale artwork.

Funded through Arts Council of Wales, Connect and Flourish, Lost Voices brings together Mess Up The Mess Theatre Company, Llamau and City and County of Swansea Children’s Services in an 18 month+ programme of creative workshops culminating in a large scale public artistic experience in July 2023.

Young people connected to Llamau and Swansea Children’s Services will work alongside artists over 18 months to explore in depth their own lives, experiences, thoughts and feelings. They will decide the stor(ies) they want to tell and the forms in which they will be told. They will develop confidence in speaking out. The partners are keen to transform their services in response to what they learn from the young people on the project. The final artistic experience will amplify the participants voices and ensure they are heard. The audience will engage with the world the participants create on the terms the participants define.

January 2022 – July 2022 – weekly evening workshops and 1 day workshop working with young people to explore their thoughts and experiences creatively, supporting them to find their individual and collective voice. This is followed by a 2 day Pathfinder Workshop in July, where participants identify what they will take forward and what art forms they will use to tell their stor(ies).

Sep 2022 – June 2023 – weekly evening workshops and 3 day workshops, working with a full creative team, developing and devising the public artistic experience and making material for it.

July 2023 – intensive production week and presentation of the final creative product(s) in a large scale public artistic experience.

Lost Voices will work with young people in two hubs: one in Newport, Cardiff and/or Caerphilly and one in Swansea. The artist will need to be able to travel and work face to face in these locations.

We are looking for:

A Co-Lead Facilitator-Writer to work with the Artistic Director, Sarah Jones, to deliver a high quality workshop programme engaging participants, exploring their shared and individual stories and working with them to devise a final public artistic experience. The artist will be a writer / dramaturg / storyteller who can support the young people to tell the stor(ies) they want to tell, create and co-create written materials and shape the final public experience.

We are committed to a process of co-creation in which the participants drive the content and form of the artwork. At this stage we do not know what form the final public artistic experience will take. It could be a play, a film, an exhibition, an immersive experience or something that nobody has ever seen before. The writing aspect of the role will be flexible, and might involve creating a script, other written materials or otherwise finding the stories and shaping audience journeys through the artwork.

Co-Lead Facilitator-Writer Profile
We are looking for a Co-Lead Facilitator-Writer who is as excited about taking this journey as us. The artist will work alongside Artistic Director Sarah Jones to facilitate a co-created process with young people through multidisciplinary arts workshops for young people who have experienced being looked after, homelessness or are at risk of homelessness.

We don’t know what the written element of this project might be, but we think that the storytelling skills of a writer, dramaturg or storyteller (in whatever form) will be essential in shaping the public artistic experience and helping participants to find a common voice. Whether it’s realising the authentic stories of participants in poetry, prose or song, building dramatic situations or crafting audience journeys through an interactive and immersive environment, you will be excited by uncertainty and happiest working in creative partnership with participants and other artists.

You will have excellent facilitation skills with the ability to break down barriers to participation and build rapport with diverse groups of young people.

You will be skilled at working with young people who have experienced disadvantage to unlock their authentic voices, with the ability to shape, and support young people to shape, their stories into creative form. You will be committed to the highest levels of accessibility and inclusion in your working practices. As this project will recruit from a diverse pool of participants in Wales, the ability to support participants to use or write in the community languages of their choice will be an advantage.

The role will involve working with young people who have been through the care system, have experienced homelessness or been at risk of it due to other factors within their lives such as living with a hidden disability or identifying as LGBTQI+. An artistic journey and lived experience that resonates with participants and inspires them to reach higher would be an advantage.

Self employed freelance fee of £13,000 to include co-facilitating approximately 60 sessions, including evening sessions and whole day sessions, attendance at production meetings and planning sessions, production week and the completion of written material and / or script.

Further information about the Lost Voices project and the role:

Background to Lost Voices Project

To arrange an informal discussion about the roles please email

Please use this form ( to apply. We will want you to provide your Artist CV (required), two references and either a 500 word written answer, or a 2 minute video, responding to this callout and explaining how you and your practice will meet the needs of the project. You can also provide a link to an online portfolio (optional). The deadline for submissions is Monday 15th November 2021 at 1.00pm.

We will interview selected candidates on 8 December 2021. Covid situation permitting, we are hoping to hold face to face interviews in Cardiff with a panel including young people from the project. We will let you know if you have been selected for interview by 29 November.

This work involves working with young people under the age of 18. The successful artist will need to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service with Mess Up The Mess before starting the work.

Arts Council of Wales | Lottery Funded | Sponsored by Welsh Government