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Arnolfini, a dynamic contemporary arts organisation of national and international significance which plays a critical role in Bristol's cultural landscape, is seeking to appoint a new Director.

Arnolfini presents innovative, experimental work in the visual arts, performance, dance, film, music and events. Located in its home of 40 years in Bristol's historic docks, it is committed to supporting exceptional artists, creating activities that engage diverse audiences and working to ensure excellence thrives in multi-form transdisciplinary practice. An Arts Council funded NPO organisation, also supported by Bristol City Council, Arnolfini is also nationally recognised for its excellent work with children and young people engaged with schools and outreach activities.

The new Director will be charged with ensuring the long-term financial sustainability of Arnolfini as well as its future significance as a major destination for cultural engagement in Bristol with a national and international reputation. They will develop a strategy that meets the financial and artistic requirements of the organisation over the next decade; manage the level of change which is required to improve financial performance and increase the delivery of more diversified revenue streams.

In the new Director, who will be appointed on a fixed term contract (renewable), the  Board seeks candidates with the leadership ability to ensure the longer-term sustainability of this innovative organisation. With an oversight of programming and public engagement in line with the distinctive positioning of the organisation, the new Director will focus on making Arnolfini  more commercially oriented and financially viable, developing its capability in terms of fund-raising and income-generation, building strong partnerships across the City of Bristol and deepening the relationship with UWE. They will take on the challenge to bring change, adaptability and forward thinking to an organisation with a great heritage that needs to continue the vision of its founders securing Arnolfini for the 21st century.

Salary:  Up to £70k

To learn more and to receive an application pack, please be in touch with Liz Amos or Mary Deegan of Liz Amos Associates on +44 (0)20 7464 4351 or at or

Closing Date for Applications:  Friday 3 March  2017 (close of business)   


Arnolfini recognises the vital contribution made by its volunteers in helping to fulfil the aims and objectives of the organisation, working to enhance the overall experience of visitors.

We are currently looking to recruit Visitor Experience Volunteers to support our Visitor Experience team in welcoming a diverse range of people to the exhibitions, offering guidance and information on our inter-disciplinary programme, and sharing Arnolfini’s passion for contemporary art. We are searching for keen and confident individuals who enjoy interacting with visitors, have a positive and accommodating attitude and a strong interest in contemporary art.  

Benefits of volunteering at Arnolfini:

  • The opportunity to be involved in a leading contemporary art organisation – working alongside like-minded volunteers and staff.
  • Valuable work experience within an arts organisation
  • References on request and guidance for future career development in the arts
  • Social events and networking opportunities
  • Bespoke inductions and tours of upcoming exhibitions from our Exhibitions Curator and related exhibitions and visitor engagement training
  • Further opportunities to assist with workshops, lead tours and more.
  • Opportunities to attend talks and events that take place during the exhibition programme.
  • The chance to contribute towards Arnolfini's blog.
  • Travel expenses per shift to the maximum £4.00

How to apply:

Please fill in the online form to register your interest; we will get back in touch to arrange an informal applicant session.

Please note our next applicant sessions will take place on the Monday 13th February and Saturday 18th February, following on from which you may be invited to a volunteer induction. The next induction will take place on the evening of Monday 20th February.

If you have any questions please email our Volunteer Coordinators Mason Scott Robinson and Lucy Condon at 


Please checkout the latest issue of our Arnolfini volunteer lead zine Bind

Artist Development Opportunity

We are currently offering space in-kind to artists seeking space to develop new work. Find out more

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Arnolfini is actively working towards equal opportunities.

Wednesday 22 February 2017

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