Job Opportunity: Executive Director, Attenborough Arts Centre

The University of Leicester is seeking a dynamic Director, with a passion for championing diversity and inclusion…

… To take the Attenborough Arts Centre (AAC) to the next stage of its development both as a cultural leader in the sector but also as a ground-breaking, creative hub, fostering public engagement in the arts for university staff, students and communities.

Our Director, Michaela Butter MBE, will shortly be retiring after 12 years leading the AAC through a major period of growth supported by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio client. Audiences have increased from 25,000 in 2010 to over 110,000 and the venue doubled in size with the creation of a major gallery extension for the display of contemporary art. A new commissioning programme, craft shop and award-winning education and outreach programme were established, alongside a new Creative Fellowship programme to foster links between artists and academic research.

The AAC now has a national reputation for the quality and range of its inclusive and multi-disciplinary programme, which fosters creative risk-taking and talent development whilst removing barriers to access, working closely with a strong network of local, national and international creative partners.

The successful candidate will lead on developing a cultural policy for the wider university with links to research and teaching excellence. You will have a proven track record both as a strategic thinker but also as somebody who delivers results. You will have strong negotiating and influencing skills for fostering creative and funding partnerships; recognise the opportunities and challenges of working within a complex environment and command respect from both staff and artists in recognition of your dynamism and strong interpersonal skills.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 16 December 2021 with an expected starting date of mid-April 2022 subject to notice periods, to allow time to feed into the next NPO funding application.


Find out more information on the role and to make an application here.

The closing date for applications is the 28th November 2021:

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