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Head of Finance & Operations - £Competitive + benefits

Arnolfini is one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts, presenting innovative, experimental work in the visual arts, performance, dance, film, music and events, accompanied by a programme of learning and participation activities.

In 2015, Arnolfini and the University West of England (UWE) announced an exciting new partnership which will enhance the art and cultural offer on the harbourside in Bristol, with the two organisations sharing resources and facilities and collaborating on a range of activities. The agreement provides Arnolfini with a secure platform to further develop its artistic programme.

Arnolfini is now seeking to appoint a Head of Finance & Operations to help shape the next phase of its growth. This position offers the opportunity to operate at the highest level, using your experience to support the continuation of creative, educational and cultural programmes for the future. The role will hold overall responsibility for Finance and IT and will also oversee the Building and Operations function.

The post holder will work closely with the CEO to develop the financial strategy ensuring robust plans are in place to deliver this. They will provide expert financial leadership to colleagues and trustees, foster effective financial controls throughout the organisation, and monitor performance through the provision of high quality information. This will involve communicating with non-finance staff, assisting with department budget and target setting and nurturing a cohesive team approach to achieving the strategic business plan.

The ideal candidate will be a fully qualified Accountant (or equivalent) ideally with experience in the charity, arts or creative sectors with strong organisational and financial leadership. They will be operationally focused with an ability to input effectively into business planning and strategy and skilled in managing a breadth of support functions and a mixed finance model.

We want to talk to leaders in managing organisational change and supporting the development needs of colleagues, who can evidence demonstrable experience of making high-quality decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience and judgment.

You can download a job description here. For further details and an informal confidential discussion, please contact Simon Quinn on 01275 371200 or send your CV via quoting reference MC1511-2   



Volunteering at Arnolfini 

Arnolfini recognises the important contribution made by volunteers in helping to fulfil the aims and objectives of the organisation, enhancing the overall experience of visitors. We are currently looking to recruit Exhibitions Assistants and Learning Assistants to support the Front of House and Learning & Participation team in welcoming a diverse range of visitors to the exhibition, offering guidance and information on our inter-disciplinary programme, and sharing Arnolfini’s passion for contemporary art. 

As an Exhibitions Assistant your role will be: 

  • To greet visitors in a friendly and welcoming manner
  • To introduce visitors to our current exhibition and the history of Arnolfini
  • To support the Volunteer Coordinators in maintaining the health and safety of our visitors
  • Remain vigilant in the galleries at all times, ensuring the security of our art works and reporting any concerns to the Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Support visitor engagement with the help of our range of interpretive materials
  • Gather feedback and information from our visitors, helping Arnolfini to understand and evaluate our audiences.
  • Contribute to the upkeep of our Reading Room – offering visitors a welcoming environment in which to explore our resources and archival material     


As a Learning Assistant your role will be: 

  • To assist We Are Family workshops
  • Helping with school workshops
  • Involvement with the Family Boat trips
  • Leading the storytelling sessions for children
  • Help the Learning team with research for projects
  • Support the Volunteer Coordinators in maintaining the health and safety of our visitors
  • Support visitor engagement with the help of our range of interpretive materials
  • Gather feedback and information from our visitors, helping Arnolfini to understand and evaluate our audiences


In return for your energy and commitment, Arnolfini offers a range of benefits in order to create a rewarding and valuable volunteer experience:

  • The opportunity to be involved in an exciting contemporary art organisation – working alongside like-minded volunteers and meeting Curators, Artists and partners of the organisation.
  • 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 tours of upcoming exhibitions from our Exhibitions Curator and related exhibitions and visitor engagement training
  • Limited number of complimentary tickets to talks and events that take place during the exhibition programme.
  • 20% discount in Arnolfini’s bookshop 
  • 30% discount in Arnolfini’s Café Bar on days you are volunteering
  • Travel expenses per shift to the maximum £4


Group induction sessions and relevant training will be arranged for our next exhibition. 

Volunteer shifts will be available Tuesday to Sunday, and we suggest that Volunteers commit to a minimum of four 4 hour shifts per month. Each 4 hour shift will begin with a briefing from our Volunteer Coordinators, and will include a 15 minute break.

How to apply:

Please fill in the online form to register your interest or alternatively you can download the paper form (please post the paper form to Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA and write 'volunteer' in the top right hand corner of the envelope). We will get back in touch to arrange an informal interview and also ask you to fill in a brief form so that we can learn more about your relevant skills, experiences and interests.

If you have any questions please email


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Arnolfini is actively working towards equal opportunities.

Tuesday 09 February 2016

Galleries 11am-6pm

Shop 11am-6pm

Cafe 10am-6pm

Reading Room 11am-6pm

Upcoming events
UWE / Art in the City Talks: Michael Beutler UWE / Art in the City Talks: Michael Beutler
Wednesday 10 February 2016, 18:30 to 20:00

£6 / £4 conc. Book