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Job Opportunity: Head of Programme. Firstsite

Firstsite is a contemporary visual arts organisation based in a stunning, award winning Gallery in Colchester, Essex. Since opening in 2011, Firstsite has welcomed half a million visitors and established its reputation for being a Gallery of regional and national importance.

Firstsite advocates an integrated vision for its artistic programme, one that comprises temporary exhibitions, learning and partnerships, a film and music programme, artist’s commissions and projects and publications. This is a new, pivotal and demanding role in the organisation, created at a moment of significant opportunity for Firstsite as it enters
a new phase of provision for Colchester.

The Head of Programme will work with the Director to creatively develop the strategy and deliveryof Firstsite’s artistic and learning programme in line with the Business Plan – with specific focus on aligning the gallery with local and regional needs to generate increased and sustainable audience relationships and world class artistic activity.

The Head of Programme will devise and deliver a distinctive and unique artistic and learning programme, one that is thoroughly international in scope and simultaneously engages with the remarkable history of Colchester and its environs. The Head of Programme will bring with them excellent existing national and international contacts, recent demonstrable experience in the making of critically acclaimed exhibitions and the ability to communicate with and inspire a range of audiences through learning and public programmes.

To succeed in this role, you will be a highly influential communicator and an excellent team worker whilst leading a team. An experienced manager in an arts context, you will have extensive knowledge of international contemporary art, its professional contexts, and ability to generate imaginative, realistic and impactful proposals for exhibitions and artist’s projects. You will have a commitment to and evidence of delivering innovative and impactful learning, public programme and audience development initiatives. You will also need to be able to travel and work outside core hours, as required.

Please note that Firstsite is an Equal Opportunities Employer and recognises the great benefit in having a diverse workforce with different backgrounds.

The closing date for applications is 9am, Monday 2 May 2016. For further details please contact