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Head of Theatre, Arts and Culture - Newport, Wales

Newport Live
Up to £49,744 per annum
Closing date
1 May 2024

Job Details

Head of Theatre, Arts and Culture - Newport

We have a fantastic opportunity as Head of Theatre, Arts and Culture, where you will be responsible for leading our theatre, arts, and cultural programme at The Riverfront, bringing our community into contact with creativity and the arts through professional performances, workshops, and film screenings.

Hours, Pay and Benefits

Salary is up to £49,744 per annum.

This is a full-time, permanent, position working 37 hours per week; flexibility on working pattern is essential, as this may include working evenings, weekends, and bank holidays when required, in line with the programme of events.

You will get 33 days holiday per year (including Bank Holiday entitlement), free Newport Live membership, generous pension scheme, café discount, free on-site parking, company sick pay, cycle to work scheme and wellbeing programmes.

Key Experiences and Qualifications

Highly skilled in financial management, you must have experience in successful bid, grant, and funding application development. With passionate customer service and effective relationship building, you will have the capability of attracting new business whilst also retaining existing clients and customers, to ensure financial growth and sustainability.

With an excellent breadth of knowledge across the art and culture industry, you will ideally be educated to degree level, or otherwise have appropriate experience working within a theatre / cultural / events environment, working at management level.

You will need a proven track record in successfully devising and implementing a cross art form strategy, including significant fundraising and revenue generation activities.

Role Requirements

Newport Live’s Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre (‘The Riverfront’) is a lively centre, based in the heart of Newport, overlooking the River Usk. Our vision ‘Inspiring Happier Healthier’ aims to bring as much of the community as possible into contact with creativity and the arts, through professional performances, workshops, and film screenings.

We are Newport’s only professional presenting theatre and arts centre, with two theatre spaces, a visual arts gallery space, basement, dance studio, recording studio, workshop rooms, conference room, and a licenced café with outdoor terrace. Our popular line ups including our annual festive Pantomime, and the fantastic Big Splash summer event.

As an Arts Council of Wales ‘Arts Portfolio Wales’ venue, the Riverfront has a vital role in developing a high quality and ambitious cultural offer in Newport and the surrounding communicates. We present a diverse cross art form programme throughout the year, from commercially focussed events to experimental and risk-taking work, which supports the professional development of artists living in Wales.

What will the Head of Culture, Theatre & Arts be doing?

Leading Newport Live’s theatre, arts, and cultural programmes, you will ensure operation to the highest standard, and maximise potential across all areas of the arts in a financially sustainable way. No two days are the same, from travelling to see a show there is potential for us to host, to researching and writing grant/funding applications.

By leading our artistic vision, you will include broad engagement and participation programmes, as well as continuing to develop a diverse programme of artistically led and commercially driven events.

Liaising with a variety of stakeholders (both internal and external) you will be responsible for effective management of our working relationships with the wider arts community, including theatrical producers, agents, advertising agencies, press representatives, and other professionals from the theatrical community including potential sponsors, promoters, and contractors.

Additional Requirements

Due to the travel requirements of the role, you must be willing and able to travel throughout the UK as and when required. It is not essential to hold a full UK driving licence, but if you do, you must be willing to include business cover for insurance purposes. 

Closing Date and Interviews

The closing date for applications is midday on Wednesday 01 May 2024; with interviews scheduled to take place week commencing 06 May 2024.

We reserve the right to close the position early should we receive sufficient applications before that time.


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