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The Trustees are looking for a strategic leader for the Art House to ensure the efficient and effective running of this highly respected bespoke community art and pottery studio. The Art House is a social enterprise offering a caring and creative space for people living with mental health difficulties and those from marginalised groups to improve their skills, confidence and well-being.
About the Art House (St Matthew’s House Limited)
The Art House opened in August 2015 after a £1.5m refurbishment. The bespoke facilities based in Sheffield City centre houses an impressive community pottery and art studio, exhibition space and a vibrant vegetarian café. This is a unique project with a mission to improve the well-being of those living in Sheffield with mental health difficulties and those from marginalised groups, by engaging them in creative art activities. We do this in a shared space, operating as a social enterprise, by delivering high quality art and pottery commercial classes to the general public, that provides the primary income stream for the charity, St Matthew’s House Limited. Now coming up to our fourth year of operation and second year of National Lottery funding the charity is wishing to take the Art House in to its next chapter of development with a renewed sense of purpose and energy.
We offer a caring and creative space focused on our students and service-users, supported by a highly committed team of staff, volunteers and tutors who are passionate about the role of the Art House and the impact its work has on improving the well-being and enjoyment of all who participate in our activities.
The Trustees are looking for a strategic leader for the Art House to ensure the efficient and effective running of this highly respected enterprise. In addition to being the public face of the Art House, you will be working with the Board on a strategy that ensures the Art House is seen as a Centre of Excellence in the field of well-being and creative arts for both our commercial students and wellbeing service-users.
You will have held a senior management role, operating strategically, leading successful teams and developing organisations. You will have experience of running a busy and varied operation, be financially astute successfully diversifying and growing income, managing budgets and resources in a competitive funding climate. You will be experienced at developing positive partnerships that benefit the organisation and using robust evidence-based evaluation data in developing the business and delivering results in line with stakeholder expectations.
Your role will be to:
The Art House is a busy venue, we run 6 well-being activities/groups each week (supporting approximately 125 people with mental health issues during the course of a year), run over 50 commercial classes during each academic term, numerous weekend art and pottery weekend workshops, a changing programme of art exhibitions and additional room hire to help achieve our income targets (our current financial model is based on having 85% commercial income and 15% other fundraising activities).
How to Apply: Please read the full Job Description and Person Specification which are attached in the additional documents section and clearly demonstrate in your cover letter how you meet the requirements of the role, including any expereince of working with people with mental health or other similar marginalised groups. Please upload your cover letter and CV on the CharityJob website. Both documents to be no more than 3 sides of A4 and quote reference AHM-191.
Please include in your cover letter: i) contact details of two referees (one to be your most recent employer), ii) details of your notice period / availability to start and, iii) whether you are available to attend the interview day on Friday 10th May, in Sheffield.
For more details about the work of the Art House and the Charity: Visit the Art House website and if you would like to discuss the role in more detail, please contact Andy Cutts (p/t Temporary Operations Manager) telephone number, email address and website address are all included in the Job Description attachment.
Further information for applicants
Charity Number: 1146648