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Vacancies at Matt’s Gallery


Matt’s Gallery is seeking a new Chair of Trustees to support its future ambitions as it prepares for its upcoming relocation to Nine Elms. For full details please download an application pack.

We particularly welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the Visual Arts sector.


The new Chair will support the Director in realising this vision and addressing these key issues over the next 3-5 years as the gallery moves into the next phase of its history, including:

1. Building and Capital Development: Delivery of the new building project, ensuring the timely completion of the schedule of works, on time, within budget and with maximum public impact.

2. Fundraising: Take an active role in developing a highly effective fundraising function to support both Matts Gallery’s core activity and its capital project over the coming years.

3. Income Diversification: Working with the Director, Deputy Director and Fundraising Committee to diversify the organisation’s income, including the creation and delivery of a new business plan and membership schemes.

4. Organisation: Restructuring and overseeing the development of the organisation through this important transformation and ensuring a sustainable future; working with the Director, Deputy Director and Trustees to ensure appropriate staffing levels and strategy to be successful in the new building and local context; ensuring that the organisation is increasingly diverse.

5. Policies and procedures: Ensuring Matts Gallery is operating within best practice guidelines and has a 21st Century mission, business plan, strategy, and accompanying set of policies, procedures and guidelines.

6. Legacy and succession plan: Working with the Director, Trustees and Deputy Director to implement a sensitive and appropriate succession plan for the current Director, establishing a sensitive and timely exit strategy and overseeing the recruitment process, priorities and schedule for a new Director; Ensuring the timely establishment of the Matt’s Gallery archive at Nine Elms.

7. Stakeholder management: Deepening relationships with key stakeholders including local communities, funders and developing relationships within the cultural sector, business, local authorities, and government. Acting as an advocate and ambassador for the organisation with a diverse range of senior partners and stakeholders.


We are seeking a candidate that will bring all or most of the following:

1. Significant senior level experience within a high-profile organisation in the arts, voluntary, commercial, private or public sectors

2. Strong interest in the cultural and creative sector, commitment to supporting innovation and sustainable opportunities for artists

3. Knowledge of the role, responsibility, characteristics and skills that contribute to being an effective Chair and managing board meetings; knowledge and experience of working with Directors, staff, trustees and stakeholders and how to get maximum results from board meetings

4. A collaborative, empathetic coaching style, ability to build consensus, interaction and dialogue

5. Experience of implementing and managing organisational change and building capacity as and when required

6. Entrepreneurial approach, experience of establishing and diversifying public and private income streams, new partnerships, membership schemes, and commercial opportunities

7. An ability to act as an advocate and an ambassador for Matts Gallery across a diverse range of stakeholders including local authorities, property developers, funding bodies, patrons, national and regional bodies, donors, sponsors, supporters, media, and visitors

8. A demonstrable commitment to diversity


• The post is for a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years
• The post is non-remunerative
• The commitment is estimated at 2-3 days per month
• Matt’s Gallery is based in London. Attending meetings in person is imperative under normal conditions (currently these are conducted virtually), alongside supporting via telephone and email


Please download an application pack and an Equal Opportunities monitoring form.

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 26 October 2020.

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