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Dynamic and ambitious small museum seeks new Chair

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft Chair of Board of Trustees

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is seeking to appoint a new Chair of Trustees to lead the organisation on the next phase of its ambitious development. From humble roots as a much-loved local museum, to a major re-development and current year-on-year growth in audiences and profile, the dynamic and ambitious Director and staff team are hungry for their small museum to grow and thrive. The Board of Trustees is seeking a Chair to challenge, inspire, and support Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft to meet and exceed all expectations of this unique and extraordinary museum.

Since the museum re-opened (becoming ArtFund Museum of the Year finalist in 2014), the organisation has stretched beyond its RIBA award-winning building in the South Downs National Park to reach new audiences, growing on an annual basis from 14,000 visitors in 2015 to 30,000 in 2016, and is on track to reach a target of 70,000 in 2017.

As well as an expanding public programme from steam-roller printing to international British Council residencies, the museum has initiated and developed a wide range of partnerships. Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft curated the 2017 Brighton Festival exhibition at University of Brighton and led Sussex Modernism at London’s Two Temple Place.

On site, the museum has a fast growing permanent collection and has developed a bold curatorial reputation – most notably for the Edward Johnston centenary exhibition in partnership with London Transport Museum in 2016, and Eric Gill: The Body accompanied by a Brighton Festival co-commission of new work by Cathie Pilkington RA opening this May.

The future plan includes capital developments to provide greater space for an exhibition programme of increasing diversity and importance including contemporary art, craft and design from around the world and ambitions to provide residency, workshop and retail space. Join us for the next phase of the museum’s exciting development.

Deadline for applications 12 noon on Friday 9th June 2017

Being the Chair is an unpaid role and requires quarterly commitment at Board meetings, as well as regular attendance at subcommittees, and frequent communication with the Director. The Chair will also be expected to attend events and engage in ambassadorial and fundraising-related activities.

To apply, please email Rebecca Drew at rebecca@ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk to request the full role profile.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview on 27th and 28th June 2017 at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft.

Writer in Residence wanted at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft – Summer 2017

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is an award-winning museum in a picturesque Sussex village. It is currently showing a major exhibition entitled, Eric Gill: The Body, a thought provoking exhibition in which visitors are asked to consider whether their knowledge of Gill’s life impacts on their enjoyment of his depiction of the human figure. We would like a writer in residence to help us capture our visitor’s thoughts on this exhibition and the challenging questions it poses.

Writer in residence project:
The museum is looking for a Writer in Residence to creatively capture and interpret visitor responses to the exhibition, and the difficult themes it addresses. Art can help us to tackle challenging issues in new and engaging ways. This project will provide visitors with a different and potentially more accessible route into the key question of understanding how our knowledge of Gill’s private life affects our understanding and appreciation of his work.

Download more information about the Writer in Residence project

Project timeframe:

  • 26 June – interview
  • July – August project completed

Artist fee: £1750 + up to £1000 for the production of a creative outcome.
Application deadline: 19 June 2017
Interview date: 26 June 2017 (at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft)

To apply please send a covering letter outlining potential ideas for the residency and a CV to: lucy@ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk.