Re-advertisement: Artsreach is recruiting an Executive Director

Artsreach is seeking to appoint a new Executive Director

Artsreach is Dorset’s independent rural arts development organisation with a 25 year history of working with communities across rural Dorset, bringing quality art right to the heart of the community. It is known for a busy year round programme of live performing arts, including contemporary dance, music and theatre (regional, national or international) alongside an innovative visual arts programme and wide ranging creative project work. Artsreach is a registered charity and an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation.

Our mission now is to find a colleague who is thoroughly versed in and committed to rural community arts development.  We are looking for a very special person with a democratic management style, excellent communication and diplomacy skills, experience in programming performing arts, a good financial eye, the ability to work within strict budgets, experience in report writing and fundraising, calm under pressure and a good decision maker. Above all will be a commitment to work creatively and sensitively with artists and our volunteer promoters in the rural community. Based in Dorchester, with flexible hours, though some evening and weekend work will be required.

This is a rare opportunity to shape the future of rural touring in this iconic part of South West England.

For further details please e-mail: or visit Artsreach’s website:

How to apply

Please apply in writing either by post (to Artsreach, The Little Keep, Barrack Rd, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1SQ) or by e-mail to detailing your interest, relevant experience, qualifications, a current CV and the names of two referees. E-mail applications will only be accepted in pdf format with your name clearly included in the filename(s).

Interviews are scheduled to take place on Monday 5 October. If you supply an email address we will let you know whether or not you have been shortlisted by Tuesday 29th September, 6pm, at the latest.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. A certain amount of physical work is required of the postholder (eg setting up of portable lighting and sound equipment).


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