BLOCK 336 IS SEEKING NEW TRUSTEES

Sarah Cockings and Harriet Fleuriot, ‘Another Funny Turn’, 2019, installation view

Block 336 is an artist-run project space, studio provider and UK registered charity. The organisation is at an exciting moment in its evolution and we are seeking to recruit new trustees to complement the skills and experience of our current board, and to support the team in realising our aims and aspirations for the future. We recognise that we have work to do on diversity and inclusion in relation to our governance, workforce and programme, and we particularly welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are underrepresented in leadership roles in the Visual Arts sector. 

ABOUT BLOCK 336

Block 336 provides opportunities to visual artists, by giving them the time, space and resources to create new, ambitious work at a large scale. We encourage artists to make site-specific work that they may not be able to realise elsewhere. We offer artists the freedom to experiment and push the limits of their existing practice. 

Local partnerships and collaborative working are central to how Block 336 aims to increase access to the arts and serve its communities. Since 2012, we have worked with local organisations focused on disability, mental health and young people, hosting collaborative educational projects and events for their staff, service users and the general public. Partners include Black Cultural Archives (BCA); Black Thrive; Brixton Inclusive; Certitude; Creative Future; Carers’ Hub Lambeth; Lambeth & Southwark Mind; Lambeth College; the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and others. 

After a decade of excellent programming and ambitious exhibitions, we are looking to leverage our strong track record to: 

  • strengthen and diversify our team and board; 
  • increase community participation and access to the arts;
  • ensure income diversification and secure multi-year core funding;
  • present a programme of the highest artistic quality in which we invest in artists and their work at all levels; 
  • expand our studio residency and develop a professional development programme to mentor and support local talent; and
  • consolidate existing partnerships and seek new ones to create career opportunities for neurodivergent artists, artists with learning disabilities, and artists who experience mental health issues. 

More information on Block 336, including a full archive of our programme and activities can be found here.

THE ROLE

We are looking for two Trustees who can demonstrate insight and engagement in one or more of the following areas: 

  • a solid knowledge of the creative sector and/or community-based art initiatives in Brixton and beyond;
  • well-networked with community organisations, especially in the areas of disability, mental health or young people, local authorities and/or the local communities in Brixton and the surrounding area;
  • experience in fundraising and/or organisational development;
  • experience in urban planning and/or alternative models of property use for community benefit; and
  • an ability to act as an advocate and an ambassador for Block 336, helping to develop relationships with key stakeholders including other art organisations, local authorities, funding bodies, donors, sponsors, media, and visitors.

We strongly encourage applications from people of African, Caribbean, East Asian, South Asian and South East Asian heritage, people who are D/deaf, neurodivergent, or disabled, as well as those who identify as LGBTQI+ or experience barriers due to their socio-economic  background. We also strongly encourage applications from people of any background who live in the area. We want our staff and trustees to better represent the audiences we aim to engage.

We welcome applicants from all walks of life whether you are an experienced board member or have never been on a board before. General advice on board membership is available from the Charities Commission and the Charity Governance Code

In return, you will join a collaborative and supportive board who are committed to helping the organisation achieve its strategic goals. You will join at a key point in the organisation’s development and will have the opportunity to make a difference and create a legacy.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

  • Trustees are appointed for an initial three year term of office, which may be renewed up to a maximum of six years’ service.
  • There are four board meetings per year, including the Annual General meeting, plus occasional meetings with the gallery team. Trustees are also expected to attend some of the exhibition openings and events. 
  • In line with the requirements of charity law, the position is unpaid. However, board-related time commitments (e.g. meetings, review of board papers, training) will be facilitated to the fullest extent possible by the reimbursement of reasonable expenses (e.g. travel and childcare).

HOW TO APPLY

To express interest in this position, please send a cover letter and CV outlining your relevant experience, why you are interested in the position and what your professional or lived experience may bring to the role to info@block336.com. 

For further information please contact info@block336.com. 

We are committed to being as accessible as possible. Please contact us to discuss alternative application arrangements if any of our processes present a barrier to you.

DEADLINE

The deadline to submit an expression of interest is: 30th May 2021. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.