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The Bag Factory is looking for a programme manager

The Bag Factory is looking for a Programme Manager with curatorial experience and knowledge to support the delivery of Bag Factory’s creative programming.

Job Description:
Reporting to the Director and working closely with Bag Factory artists, staff and the community, the Programme Manager is responsible for developing an overarching concept and managing the delivery of programming at the Bag Factory.

Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities:
• Develop and create exciting, inspiring visual art programmes.
• To develop and oversee the implementation of visual art programmes
• To accurately manage and report on associated programme funding.
• To monitor and control the application process, selection and participation of visiting artists and their involvement in the programmes with      the community and the Bag Factory.
• To drive the identification, attraction and selection of high-quality artists to the Bag Factory
• To ensure programmes are appropriate, implemented within budget and the timelines set out by the funders and funds are available for their successful implementation.
• To work with the selection committee in the selection and approval of the residency programmes and the artists selected.
• To liaise with gallery visitors and guests
• To support the Director with fundraising strategies and events for the sustainability of the Bag Factory, especially those linked to programming.
• To prepare written progress reports on the implementation of programmes and their successful execution with the aim of using these to report to the Board and the relevant funders.
• To research potential funding sources for future arts programming
• To communicate with applicants and keep a record of applications
• To oversee the maintenance of artists’ alumni records and relations.
• To manage operations and technical production of exhibitions taking place in the Bag Factory gallery space as well as off-site.

Who we’re looking for:
To be successful in this role, it would be ideal for you to have the following skills and education:
• A relevant degree or equivalent experience in contemporary art related field.
• Good working knowledge of contemporary art practice
• Proficiency and experience in appropriate computer packages, i.e. MS Packages, Excel, Database management programmes and Design programmes
• Understanding of Business principles
• Experience in information and communication management
• Experience in writing fundraising proposals and budget management
• Proven experience in the organisation of contemporary art projects and interpretive programmes
• Exceptional knowledge of the local and national contemporary art landscape is a must
• Able to work flexible hours during events with evenings and weekends as needed
• To oversee programmes and participate in other gallery activities.

Key Competencies:
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Excellent project planning skills and effective, efficient time management and organisational skills
• Proactive with the ability and confidence to use initiative
• High attention to detail and ability to think creatively
• Good interpersonal skills
• Reliable and works well with a wide range of people
• The ability to respond positively to pressure and take a flexible approach to change
• To be well organised and methodical, with the ability to manage workload and priorities autonomously
• Highly development presentation skills
• To be professional
• Diplomacy and advocacy
• To have a curious, globally minded and enthusiastic nature.

TO APPLY please send the following documents to

• CV, including references that can attest your curatorial and or programme management knowledge
• Copy of your ID
• A one-page motivation letter


DEADLINE for submissions is 22 March 2018

Author: The Bag Factory

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