About the role
MIF brings together artists from different art forms and backgrounds to create dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking new work, which we stage in a rich tapestry of venues across Greater Manchester – from theatres, galleries and concert halls to railway depots, churches and car parks.
We collaborate closely with venues, festivals and cultural organisations worldwide, whose financial and creative input guarantees our projects have a life after each Festival. We also work widely all year-round within communities through My Festival, a diverse network of creative people forging closer connections with MIF.
This is an exciting time for MIF as we work towards the opening of our future home The Factory, designed by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA, backed by Manchester City Council and HM Government, and currently under construction. At 13,300 square metres, The Factory’s vast size and uniquely flexible design will provide space for artists to make work of ambition and scale they might not be able to do elsewhere.
Dance, theatre, music, opera, visual arts, popular culture and innovative contemporary work incorporating the latest digital technologies will come together in ground-breaking combinations.
The company will continue to present The Festival at The Factory and other locations around the city every other year.
MIF’s Artistic Director & Chief Executive, John McGrath, was previously the Founding Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales, where he won an international reputation for large-scale site-specific works, digital innovation, international collaboration and extraordinary community involvement.
Who we are looking for
Following a recent review of the Board, we are now looking to recruit up to four new Trustees to help us achieve our ambitions. We are looking for members who will drive strategy, ask the right questions, and constructively support our CEO and executive team.
To support our development and growth to The Factory we are looking for Trustees that bring substantial experience and knowledge in one or more of the following areas:
- International arts leadership
- Digital Content / Broadcasting
- Large-scale Venue Management
In addition, we are always open to receive applications from:
- Practicing artists
- Those who represent and bring knowledge of a community currently underserved by the festival.
We are committed to growing the diversity of our organisation including at Board Level. We believe that the more diverse we are, the more we reflect our communities, and the better we become at innovative and creative decision-making. Diversity means that we recruit without prejudice to any protected characteristic as well as recruiting for potential with openness to a range of backgrounds, life experiences and career paths.
These are voluntary positions which are non-remunerated except for travel expenses. We are committed to supporting our Board members with any reasonable out of pocket expenses. This might include any necessary travel, subsistence and accommodation for meetings or events, childcare or other dependent expenses whilst attending meetings, specific telephone and broadband charges, and other board related expenses as agreed in advance will be reimbursed.
Our Board meets four times a year for half day meetings with an additional away day session, typically held in September. Dates for all meetings are fixed in advance of each year. Each of these meetings requires members to read papers prepared by the executive team, which are circulated in advance.
For more information and to apply, please visit the job page on Peridot Partners’ website via the application method on this site.
Closing date: 9am, Monday 14th December 2020