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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

Head of Press - Maternity Cover

Contract length:
FTC 10 Months
App. deadline:
19 January 2021
Other details:
Salary- £40-45K

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.

The Head of Press will widely communicate Art Fund’s work as the national charity for art. They will work with our hundreds of museum and gallery partners across the UK to publicise how Art Fund’s support has helped them do more: from buying, commissioning or conserving works of art, to sharing them across the UK, to providing funding and opportunities for curators.

The Head of Press also plays a key role in helping shape and deliver the communications campaign for Art Fund Museum of the Year, the largest museum prize in the world. They will contribute to the fundraising activities of Art Fund through supporting media relations campaigns for projects on our crowdfunding platform Art Happens to promoting the National Art Pass to ambitious public appeals to help save important works of art. They will also work closely with colleagues on Art Fund’s work lobbying for positive changes to policies to better protect UK museums and their collections.

They will implement and evaluate the Art Fund’s PR, communications and public affairs strategy, working in close collaboration with the Director of Communications and other key staff members. The post holder will be thoroughly involved in all aspects of Art Fund’s work and be a ‘go to’ person for members of the media and the internal staff team for their wide knowledge of the sector and our support.

They will be skilled at managing and getting the best from external PR agencies, freelancers, suppliers and partners. They will be confident creating position statements and Q&As, briefing media, managing complex media enquiries, and preparing senior staff for interviews, being keenly attuned to reputational risk. They will work closely and collaboratively with other members of the Communications team to actively contribute to a communications and content strategy which serves the needs of the organisation.

Thank you for your interest in Art Fund. We will review your application and will contact you if you have been selected for interview.

We receive an overwhelming number of responses to our posts and unfortunately, are unable to reply individually to every applicant or provide feedback.

The role’s location will be our King Cross office location. However, given the current situation, all staff are working remotely, as will the successful candidate initially. However, once we are back in the office, there would be a reasonable expectation for them to work from the office, as regularly as everyone else.

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 by the 19 January 2021.

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