Business and Development Director

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On 01792 652016 or at: apply@missiongallery.co.uk

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Introduction

Mission Gallery in Swansea, south Wales seeks a Business and Development Director. The role will be pivotal in helping to develop and lead Mission Gallery’s sustainable growth and future. 

Background

Mission Gallery is in Swansea's Maritime Quarter. Housed in a Grade II listed building, formerly a seamen’s chapel designed by Benjamin Bucknall in 1886, Mission Gallery is located in an area where there is a concentration of cultural venues supported by the City and County of Swansea. It opened as an art gallery called Swansea Arts Workshop in 1977, an initiative managed by a group of artists as part of the Association of Artists & Designers in Wales. Since 1992 it has been an independent gallery, adopting the name Mission Gallery. In 2003 the gallery became core funded by the Arts Council of Wales.

Mission Gallery presents a dynamic range of craft, visual arts, applied art and design and is one of the most distinctive spaces for contemporary art in Wales. The exhibition programme includes both established and emerging artists working across a wide variety of disciplines including ceramics, textiles, glass, metal, painting, sculpture, installation, photography and performance. The programme takes risks by showing both artists who have not exhibited before and by challenging established artists to work in new ways. The retail space features contemporary craft, design products and prints by UK based artists. The retail offer will go online later this year and has the potential to become a key source of income generation.

https://www.missiongallery.co.uk

Mission Gallery also initiates and programmes a wide-ranging outreach programme. Drop-in and specialist led workshops run throughout the year and can be singular activities or part of a longer-term programme. Mission Gallery increasingly works with partner organisations to devise and deliver distinct engagement series. Mission Gallery facilitates Criw Celf West, a flagship education programme funded by the Arts Council of Wales. It organises training opportunities and facilitates residencies for artists. The outreach programme and exhibition programme are interlinked, with crossover activity and opportunities being generated between them. 

https://www.missiongallery.co.uk/criwcelfwest/

The post-holder will directly manage the Outreach Manager and Finance Administrator. They will work closely with the Gallery Director in leading the organisation. The post-holder will be accountable to the Board of Directors, reporting directly to the Treasurer. All members of staff and board work cooperatively, across the different areas of delivery. 

Our mission

To collaboratively develop and deliver an innovative programme that is inclusive and distinctively of Wales; to be practitioner focused, artistically ambitious and to enrich the lives of all involved.

Our values and focus:

  • to be sustainable and aspirational; for ourselves, for creative practitioners, for our local communities

  • to develop opportunities for creative professionals and to mutually support independent practice

  • to develop opportunities for meaningful collaboration and learning; between practitioners, communities, organisations and education providers

  • to proactively explore local, national and international partnerships that will grow cultural understanding and mutuality

  • to nurture and support contemporary arts practice that is driven by integrity of intent, is skills based, has an appreciation of materials and consideration for audience 

  • to advocate Mission Gallery, both as a physical venue and as an organisation, as a safe space to pursue and enjoy creative practice; for all.

Organisational structure 

Mission has recently undertaken an organisational review and restructure. As a direct consequence, the post of Business and Development Director is a new role. The Business and Development Director and the Gallery Director together have joint leadership of the organisation. Each role has distinct areas of strategic responsibility. It is a small staff team, comprising permanent core staff and fixed-term project roles. The overall governance of Mission Gallery is the responsibility of volunteer trustees, our Board of Directors. There are currently seven board members. 

Mission Gallery is a private limited company, however, it should be noted that the legal status of the organisation is currently under review by the Board of Directors. It is possible that Mission Gallery will imminently apply for charitable status, though alternative governance structures are also being considered. The Business and Development Director will be fundamental in taking up the planning and facilitation of this change to the organisational and legal status of Mission Gallery.

Terms and conditions of service

Salary Scale 

£28,000 - £30,000 pro rata

salary determined by experience and expertise

Contract

Permanent contract

Hours

28 hours per week based on 0.8 FTE

Relocation 

Mission is offering a negotiable relocation package

All new appointments are subject to the receipt of satisfactory references and criminal conviction vetting clearances, plus proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

How to apply: 

Please prepare a statement that describes how your personal qualities, experience and qualifications make you a suitable candidate for this role. Please ensure that you refer directly to the specifications of the role given in the job description. Written statements should be no longer than 800 words. If you are more comfortable submitting a video in place of a written statement then you are welcome to do so. A video alternative should be no longer than 15 minutes and be a .mp4 file. 

Together with your statement, please also submit: 

  • your CV; this should include contact details for two referees

  • a completed equalities monitoring form, this is available here

As a publicly funded organisation, Mission Gallery is required to record equalities data, which indicates how we’re performing as an equal opportunities employer.

Mission Gallery welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We encourage applications from minoritized communities and from disabled/ Deaf individuals.

Applications are welcome in Welsh or English.

All personal information submitted will be processed in line with our privacy notice available on our website. This information is shared with us with your consent and will only be shared with those involved in the recruitment process, unless you are successful in the role, in which case it will be saved with your personnel record, in line with our data retention schedules. 

Please send your completed application with ‘Business and Development Director’ as the subject line via email to:

apply@missiongallery.co.uk

If you have any questions about the role, please do not hesitate to contact our Creative Director, Ceri Jones at ceri@missiongallery.co.uk

The closing date for applications is: midday on 29 July 2022.

Interviews will be held in early August 2022. 

Arrangements to be confirmed.

We much look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for your interest.

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