Artist Support Lead - job opportunity

East Street Arts is looking for someone with a real passion and dedication for supporting artists that experience barriers to opportunities.

If you are interested, and experienced, in breaking down barriers to opportunities for a diverse range of artists, this is the role for you.

This is an opportunity for someone who wants to play a significant part in the progress of a thriving, dynamic and creative company based in Leeds and working locally, nationally and internationally.

The Artist Support Lead is a key post for the organisation and has strategic responsibility for maintaining oversight of the development and delivery of our Sector Support Organisation project, Guild, and a range of our Artist Support projects.

Whatever practice and stage the artists are at we want to ensure we are making our opportunities and support reach as many artists as possible especially those who experience barriers when engaging with, or making work, within the sector.

Our definition of Artists Support is expansive and underpins our work. It includes offering one to one support for artists, nurturing artists to develop and expand their portfolios, to larger strategic programmes such as Guild.

We encourage applications from those with less visibility in the arts. We specifically welcome applications from LGBTQIA+, Disabled, Neurodiverse and Racialised communities. Self-definition is at the sole discretion of the applicant.

Key responsibilities:

The Artist Support Lead will ensure that the organisation builds its understanding and knowledge and is open to supporting all artists specifically those facing barriers to their development.

You will lead on the Sector Support Organisation programme, Guild, and ensure the programme strands of activity remain relevant, of high quality and value for money.

You will also lead on, and have an overview of progress, challenges and opportunities, and ensure risks and decision-making is transparent and is evidence based across the activities you are involved in including Planning, Strategy and Research; Delivery; Finance; Staff Support and other general communications and management involved with the role.

Closing date for vacancy: 5 pm on Friday 4th June

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