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Art Fund is run by passionate professionals who are dedicated to supporting museums and galleries around the UK, and making art accessible to everyone. Help us with our mission – join our team.

We offer an excellent benefits package with generous annual leave, an Art Allowance that includes a paid half-day a month to visit exhibitions and galleries, and regular lunch-and-learns to support your development. We are a friendly, welcoming and supportive team.

Current vacancies

Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021 Project Manager – Freelance

Contract length:
Approx. 6 months. April – October 2021
App. deadline:
19 April 2021
Start date:
26 April 2021
Other details:
Approximately 65 days’ work at £250 day rate

Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. We believe that art can make you see, think and feel differently, and through our work we help make art more accessible to as many visitors as possible, wherever they are.

We give grants to help museums and galleries acquire works of art for their collections, share them with wide audiences, and support the training and professional development of curators. We are supported by our growing membership of 130,000 through the National Art Pass, as well as the generosity of many trusts, foundations and other individuals.

Art Fund Museum of the Year is the biggest museum prize in the world and the UK’s largest arts award. Through the prize we celebrate exceptional museums and galleries, reward imaginative work, and inspire more people to visit. The prize is judged by an independent panel, who pick one outstanding winner from a shortlist of five finalists.

Museum doors were closed for much of last year and many faced their greatest of challenges. Despite this museums and galleries across the UK have realized amazing and imaginative work for their communities. As venues start to welcome back visitors, we want to celebrate their resilience and achievements with the widest possible audience. Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021 is a central part in this ambition.

We are recruiting an experienced and highly skilled freelance Project Manager to help deliver Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021, recognizing an extraordinary year. The Project Manager will play an important role in managing the prize and key stakeholder relationships. The 2021 prize will be realised at a fast pace, working to achieve a set of strategic objectives which will be used to evaluate the outcomes and benchmark success. The ideal candidate will have good working knowledge and understanding of the UK museums and galleries sector and experience of project management in a public body or charity. Experience of managing prizes, awards or grant making programmes would also be desirable.

They will have strong interpersonal skills and be able to develop good relationships at all levels, both internally and with external contacts. They will have plenty of energy, drive, and enthusiasm and be willing to be proactive, hands-on, and a great team player. They will have excellent project management and organisational skills, exemplary time-management, demonstrable experience of delivering projects in line with targeted timescales and budgets, and knowledge of evaluation tools and metrics.

Please see the job description if you want to know more.

Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 April 2021

Start date w/c 26th April 2021

If you have any specific questions in regard to this role please contact Rachael Browning, rbrowning@artfund.org, otherwise send your CV and a one-page covering letter to recruitment@artfund.org by 9am on Monday 19 April 2021.

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Governance Manager

Contract length:
12 month FTC, part time 0.5 FTE.
App. deadline:
23 April 2021
Other details:
Salary - c.£37k pro-rata

Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. We believe that art can make you see, think and feel differently, and through our work we help make art more accessible to as many visitors as possible, wherever they are.

We give grants to help museums and galleries acquire works of art for their collections, share them with wide audiences, and support the training and professional development of curators. We are supported by our growing membership of 159,000 through the National Art Pass, as well as the generosity of many trusts, foundations and other individuals.

Founded in 1903, Art Fund is a registered charity governed by a Royal Charter that was granted in 1928. Today, we are governed by a Board of 16 Trustees. As well as its legal responsibilities to ensure Art Fund is run in accordance with its charitable objects, the Board also considers applications from museums and galleries for grants towards works of art and other activities. Now, following a recent Board review, and with a new Director in post, Art Fund is at a key moment in its history.

We are seeking a part-time Governance Manager to manage Board and committee meetings and the recruitment of new Trustees, and provide governance support and guidance to the Chair of Trustees, Trustees, Director and senior staff.

Working with our legal advisor and other senior staff, the role will ensure Art Fund upholds good governance practices and provides all support necessary to Trustees to enable them to discharge their legal responsibilities. A major aspect of the role will be taking a lead on reviewing all the recommendations and implementing agreed changes from the Board review.

This role would suit a dedicated charity professional with experience of governance and working with Boards of Trustees, ideally gained in at least two other settings, who is looking to make a real difference to governance policy and practice within an organisation.

Whilst this role is advertised as office based, Art Fund will remain a remote-working organisation until at least 30 June 2021.

This role is located at our King Cross office (2 Granary Square, London N1C 4BH), Art Fund will remain a remote – working organisation until at least 30 June 2021

This post is UK-based. Non-EC nationals will require current and valid permission to work in the UK.

Art Fund is committed to recruiting applicants from a diverse pool this includes attracting talent from diverse geographical locations. This information will also be used to shape our approach to flexible working. Please can you complete the form here as part of your application.

Please see the job description if you want to know more.

If you want to apply or have any questions in regards to terms and conditions of employment please contact HR, otherwise send your CV and a covering letter to recruitment@artfund.org by 00:01 on the 23 April 2021.

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