Swansea University

Head of Culture & Arts

Contract: Full-time Permanent position
Salary: £50,132 - £58,089 per annum together with USS pension benefits
Location: Swansea University, Singleton Park

Swansea University has seen unprecedented growth and research success over the last decade which has brought it into the ‘top 30’ of the UK’s research intensive universities.  The University aims to deliver excellence in research, teaching, learning, and the wider student experience, and to be a powerhouse for the region and internationally.  Swansea is a coastal city that is both picturesque and cosmopolitan, offering an excellent quality of life. The University, which celebrates its centenary in 2020, has a beautiful parkland campus at Singleton, and a brand new beach-front campus on the Bay. The role is an exciting opportunity to join a thriving and ambitious University in a key leadership role, and to play a significant role in the regional arts ecosystem.

Cultural Services at Swansea University is responsible for a broad range of collaborative endeavours in the fields of art and culture across the University and region. The Head of Culture & Arts will lead the successful Taliesin Arts Centre on the Singleton Park Campus and develop the artistic programme in the Great Hall (Sir Stanley Clarke Auditorium) on the Bay Campus. We work closely and collaboratively with arts networks across the UK, and especially with the Arts Council Wales, to develop and deliver high-quality arts programmes that reflect the changing needs of our audiences. We value close collaboration with the researchers, students and staff of the University in developing audiences and artistic talent.

The Head of Culture & Arts will demonstrate exceptional leadership and will build on the successes of the Taliesin Arts Centre and the University to forge a strategic, creative, cohesive, sustainable and influential arts and culture programme to inspire our local communities, partners, students, and staff beyond our Centenary. This programme will reflect Wales’ heritage locally, nationally and internationally, and will link cross-disciplinary activities in fields such as wellbeing, health and science with the arts.

The role requires significant leadership experience in an arts organisation in key areas such as programme development and delivery, strategy development, financial management, maximising income, artistic and audience development, widening access, engaging with and attracting community and student participation in the arts, and in working with and developing key funding streams. A strong understanding of the context of the arts in Wales, the value and importance of the Welsh Language, and the priorities of Welsh Government, will be vital.

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and welcome diverse applications from the following protected characteristics: age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion and belief, sex (gender), sexual orientation.

Interviews are expected to take place in mid October. If you would like further information about this role, please contact Steve Williams, s.r.williams@swansea.ac.uk   or John Spurr j.spurr@swansea.ac.uk    

To apply:

Please apply for the post please here

Applicants are asked to provide a completed online application providing evidence against the essential criteria in the recruitment documentation.

Further information about the work of the University, and the Taliesin Arts Centre and our cultural activities can be found through the following links:

Swansea University
Working at Swansea
Taliesin Arts Centre & Great Hall events
Music Service

Closing date: 11pm on 22nd September 2019