Creative Programming Co Director for Ipswich Arts Centre

Description of the role:

Ipswich’s town centre has no less than twelve medieval churches, one of which is St Clement.

There are ambitious plans to breathe life into this historic building and to repurpose it from a religious dwelling to a vibrant arts centre for the community.

The mission of Ipswich Arts Centre is to establish a venue that would place Ipswich on the map as a significant cultural venue that supports and promotes the creation of new innovative art. The aim is to create an arts centre that actively supports and promotes emerging artists through the creation of an accessible performance space and its diverse arts and education programmes.

The Creative Programming Co Director has a strategic role to play in representing the vision and purpose of the organisation.

New Directors bring fresh ideas and energy which are vital to ensuring the continued development of Platform as a vibrant artist-led organisation. Previous experience is desirable but not essential as full training will be given. The most important requirement for a Director is a willingness to be involved and an enthusiasm for the objectives of the Arts Centre.

Working Arrangements:
Applicants should be prepared to commit on average 4-8 hours per week depending on our calendar of events. This will not necessarily be during traditional working hours and work can be completed remotely. Working arrangements are flexible depending on individual availability and role within the Board. Attendance at monthly Board meetings in Ipswich is mandatory. Directors should also be able to commit to attending fundraising and other programmed events. Each Director must take an active role in attending subcommittee meetings as and when required.

Personal Specification:
• An appreciation, enthusiasm and commitment to the objectives of the Arts Centre.
• Practical and resourceful with the ability to achieve set targets and objectives.
• Knowledge of the local and international contemporary art scene.
• A drive to develop the Arts Centre through programming, outreach, creative projects and professional development opportunities.
• Self-motivated able to use own initiative with excellent organisational and time management skills.
• Ability to work productively as part of a small team

Opportunity Activities: Art, Fundraising, Music, Trusteeship and Committee Work, Youth Work
Availability required:


What skills are needed?

Additional skills
Creative Programming:
• Interest in, understanding of and experience of working with music, theatre, dance, comedy and spoken word.
• Knowledge of international, national and local arts scenes.
• Knowledge of live event production, project management and establishing partnerships with relevant bodies in the arts world and beyond.
• Knowledge of live arts program budgeting
• Experience of putting on / commissioning a live arts show from scratch

• Experience of putting on shows or festivals without a venue.

• Good negotiation skills and experience of working with artists, venues, festivals, agents, corporations, local authorities and funding organisations.

• Ability to spot audience engagement opportunities relating to live programming.

• Good written and spoken communication skills for internal, media and public communication, with a knowledge of specialist and local media.

• Knowledge of and contact with artists, agents, promoters, media and other industry contacts.

• Experience of developing live events and encouraging artistic culture in testing conditions.

• Technical knowledge relating to music and live arts event management.
• Willingness to work occasional evening and weekend hours.

What skills will be learned / gained?

Knowledge of working with a grade 11 historical building
Greater understanding of the cultural vision for Ipswich and Suffolk.
Experience of working with a not fro profit organisation

DBS Check Required: No
Driving Licence Required: No
Does this role have age restrictions?: No
Mandatory training required for role: No
Extra information:

Time commitment
2 -4 hrs per week
Monthly board meeting

About the Opportunity Host Organisation

Host Organisation: Ipswich Arts Centre

This opportunity is no longer accepting expressions of interest.