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Take Art Director of Rural Touring Job Advert

Job Role:  Director of Rural Touring

Salary: Up to £29,000 pro-rata according to experience

Hours: Flexible working hours comprising min 22.2 hours a week (P/T min 3 days a week), with the possibility of some additional hours

Since Take Art started in 1987 we have run one of the UK’s most celebrated Rural Touring programmes and it still remains a cornerstone priority for the organisation. Working in partnership with a network of volunteer promoters across Somerset, the programme offers extraordinary and memorable arts experiences to thousands of people each year.  Rural Touring keeps villages alive and vibrant and provides an important link in the touring chain for many professional companies and artists.

We are seeking an experienced person to deliver the Rural Touring programme to Somerset communities; to advocate it as one of Take Art’s Specialisms, to develop partnerships with local volunteer promoters and make relationships with performers and companies to bring an ambitious and diverse range of work into the county.  This cross artform range of work might include theatre, music, dance, puppetry, film, spoken word etc and will involve local, national and international companies. Attending showcases and festivals in UK and further afield and pro-actively seeking innovative, diverse work, as well as supporting the volunteers by attending the local shows, is a key part of the role.

In addition, the postholder will be part of a senior management team within Take Art and will contribute to the development of the business plan and other aspects of the professional working environment of the organisation. As such, drive, vision, proven fundraising and project delivery experience are all essential criteria in determining the right person for this post. 

Due to Take Art’s rural location it is essential that you have access to your own means of transport.

Take Art is committed to equality and strives to create a diverse and inclusive working environment that reflects the diversity of the UK population. Our recruitment process is open to all, but we particularly wish to encourage applicants from backgrounds that are currently under-represented within the sector as well as our organisation. We value the positive impact that increased diversity will bring to Take Art.

For further information and to download an application pack please see the Take Art website at

Application Deadline: 12 noon on Monday 7th June 2021 Interviews:  Friday 16th July at the COVID secure Take Art offices at The Mill, Flaxdrayton Farm, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5LR.