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Become a Trustee

Yorkshire Artspace is seeking trustees to work alongside new Director Georgina Kettlewell, a dedicated staff team and the community of artists and makers who form the society’s membership. Previous trustee experience is not required.

Yorkshire Artspace provides studio space for around 170 artists and makers across two sites in Sheffield city centre. We are a centre of excellence for the support of artists and makers, providing good quality, affordable studio space and delivering a professional development programme which offers exhibition opportunities, access to training and subsidised Starter Studios. We are committed to creating opportunities for artists and artistic practices to develop, to raising artists’ profiles, developing audiences for their work and supporting individuals to develop their own talent and engagement with visual art.

With a newly appointed Director and an agenda for change, we are seeking additional charity trustees, ideally based in Sheffield or the surrounding region, to work with the Director, staff team and membership to steer the strategic direction and governance of the charity as we re-set and focus on the future.

The Board is required to meet four times a year with usual hours in the early evening. Additional time is needed for interim and sub-committee meetings. We also ask trustees to attend exhibition openings and public events, share their expertise with members if appropriate and act as ambassadors for Yorkshire Artspace.

You will be enthusiastic about the visual arts, fine or applied art, and interested in the role artists and studio provision can play in the cultural ecosystem of a city, region or society. You will care about the quality of the experience that artists receive when part of Yorkshire Artspace. You should be able to commit yourself for a period of 3-4 years.

We are especially interested in hearing from people with ability, knowledge and expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Charity finance

  • Premises management, including environmental sustainability

  • Strategic development: Artistic practice and experience

  • Strategic development: Higher and Further Education

  • Strategic development: Learning, participation and inclusion

  • Strategic development: Profile raising and communication

  • Strategic development: Commercial and Income generation

  • Local governance, Business sector and City leadership

Previous experience of Board membership is not essential and induction and training will be provided. We want to support a diverse and inclusive board, as well as applicants who are interested in their first trusteeship.

If selected you will become part of a mutually supportive and ambitious creative community, at a vital moment of change and development.


Please provide a CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages describing your motivations for applying, how your skills and experiences might contribute in the areas we are seeking, and any development you think you may need if appointed.

Email your CV and covering letter to Georgina Kettlewell, Director, on by Monday 7 December 2020.

Interviews will be online, and are planned for January.