Property developer Crispin Kelly is seeking a ‘culturally engaged’ custodian to select ‘creative’ residents for a Peter Salter designed complex of homes and record their activities
Crispin Kelly, the client behind the four-house Walmer Yard scheme in west London, is offering £35,000 per year for the role, which is expected to involve ‘irregular hours’.
Kelly appointed architect Salter to design the homes back in 2003, more than a decade after being taught by him at the Architectural Association. The project completed in 2016.
Now Walmer Yard is to be established as a charitable foundation aiming to ‘deepen the public understanding of experiencing architecture’.
A statement on the Walmer Yard website explains: ‘This will involve the provision of short-term accommodation for groups working in creative disciplines including the visual and performing arts, the social sciences, architecture and urbanism.
‘Walmer Yard is not a hotel but rather a unique experiment in collective living. Allowing guests to experience a remarkable work of architecture, while spending time with other creative practitioners is central to the institution’s ambitions.’
The custodian will be responsible for day-to-day management of the complex; organising a selection process for residents; facilitating relationships for residents with London institutions; and managing access for paying visitors.
‘The role may also entail the delivery of exhibitions and lectures at Walmer Yard and the production of publications, which record the activities undertaken there,’ says the website.
The custodian’s work will be supported by an advisory board, which will include representatives of the different creative disciplines that Walmer Yard will support.
Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 7 March.
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