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  • Sunderland Culture: Chair of Trustees

    About the role:
    Sunderland Culture is seeking to appoint a new Chair of Trustees to lead the governance of this unique model of cultural leadership and guide it over the next phase of its development in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic. The new Chair should be independent of our founding partners – University of Sunderland, Sunderland City Council and Sunderland MAC Trust.

    This is an amazing opportunity for someone who wants to play a pivotal role in leading the cultural regeneration of one the UK’s most dynamic cities.

    Time Commitment: Board meetings are held 4 times per year. Additional meetings and one to one discussions with the Chief Executive mean that we are seeking a time commitment equivalent to 1 day per month.

    Salary: The role is unpaid and out of pocket expenses will be refunded.
    Location: Meetings take place in Sunderland, UK or via video conference.
    Deadline: Noon, 16 October 2020


    Founded in 2016, Sunderland Culture has developed rapidly and dynamically from a standing start to a charity with a turnover of over £2 million per annum and reaching audiences of over 2 million people. As we move to a more stable, long-term phase in our development we seeking a new Chair to follow in the footsteps of our founding Chair, Graeme Thompson and lead us into the future. Clearly this future is now within the context of the devastating impact of Covid 19 on the communities and economy of the local area and consequently the changing nature of Sunderland Culture’s own activities.

    We are seeking someone with strong experience of boards and governance, a commitment to equality and diversity and a passion for arts, culture heritage and the impact it can have on communities and places.

    About Sunderland Culture
    Sunderland Culture was founded through a partnership between Sunderland City Council, University of Sunderland and Sunderland MAC Trust (a business-led charity). However, it is independent of all of the founding partners and is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.
    We work across the city to ensure the power of great art, culture and creativity is harnessed for the benefit of Sunderland, its residents and visitors and work created here is showcased internationally. Our mission is to improve life for everyone in Sunderland through culture.

    We work across 5 venues owned by our partners and deliver a city wide cultural programme. Sunderland Culture brings together the individual artistic and cultural strengths of our key venues:

    – Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA)
    – National Glass Centre
    – Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.
    – Arts Centre Washington
    – The Fire Station

    In addition we are delivering a major programme of support to artists and creative businesses, health and wellbeing activities in communities, support to schools to use more creativity in the classroom and targeted work with community groups including refugees, older people and veterans.

    Sunderland Culture’s main income sources are currently from grants and donations with small numbers of tickets and booked workshops. We are an Arts Council England NPO. The Fire Station is a new 450 seat / 800 standing auditorium for music, theatre, dance and comedy predicted to attract an audience of around 100,000 ticket buyers each year. In addition, the running costs of each of the venues are paid for directly by founding partners. Although this does not show as a financial contribution in our accounts, it would be impossible for Sunderland Culture to effectively operate without this contribution.

    The fallout from the Covid 19 pandemic on the finances of both Sunderland Culture and the founding partners requires a review of the existing business model and governance structure and it is hoped that the new chair will lead this process.

    For more information and the full job description: Sunderland Culture Chair of Trustees

    How to apply:

    For an informal conversation please contact Keith Merrin, Chief Executive on [email protected]

    To apply please send a CV and covering letter setting out how you meet the person specification to [email protected]

    The deadline for applications is noon on 16 October 2020. Interviews will take place in Sunderland or via video conference.



  • Call-out for Sunderland Culture Young Ambassador Team

    Sunderland Culture is excited to launch their NEW Sunderland Culture Young Ambassador Team; a project that will see us work with young people to improve the young people’s offer in Sunderland.

    We are looking for a team of Sunderland young people aged 13-25; we want young people who want their voices to be heard, to be change makers, the creative instigators, the excited doers and young people champions.

    For our first big project, we are partnering with Helix Arts to curate and organise an exciting takeover of Arts Centre Washington on 1st November 2019.

    The young people recruit into this project will be the ones leading and creating this takeover event for young people, by young people in Sunderland, for young people in Sunderland.

    To kick start the process, young people will take part in the ‘Make It Happen’ learning scheme, which is all about doing just that, making things in Sunderland actually happen for young people! Through this they will develop the skills they will need to organise and plan their own event including things like project management, marketing, budget management, social media manage etc – whilst learning from professionals and experts from creative industries…

    This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain new skills, get creative and have their say in Sunderland!

    So if you’re aged 13-25 from living in Sunderland and want to take part, have any questions, would like the call-out in an alternative format, or know someone who fits the bill – we’d love for you to get in touch by emailing Rachel at [email protected]

  • Volunteering Opportunity - National Glass Centre

    Volunteers needed to help complete feedback surveys with visitors.

    Are you confident? Do you love chatting with people? Then we have the perfect volunteering opportunity for you!

    Join us at National Glass Centre to help us collect visitor surveys which help us with our funding from Arts Council England.

    Volunteers must be aged 16yrs or over.

    If you’re interested in applying please email us at [email protected].