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We’re Looking For New Artistic Directors

23rd February 2018

We’re looking for new Artistic Directors to join The Royal Standard team. We’re particularly interested in applicants with knowledge, experience or interest in the following areas;

Diversity, Liverpool L8, Marketing and Social Media

The Role

2 year maximum term, 2 days per week, voluntary role supported by a stipend.

The Royal Standard currently operates its programmes through a team of between 4-6 Artistic Directors, supported by a Finance and Management Director and Director of Development. These roles are voluntary and provide an opportunity for early career arts professionals to gain valuable experience of curating, project management, exhibition planning and budgeting in an established arts organisation.

The Royal Standard’s programme is divided into two separate threads, each running parallel and informing the other. The exhibition programme aims to deliver between up to 4 shows per year, and the studio programme devises and delivers opportunities for studio members and organisational development including residencies and crits. It is the responsibility of the Artistic Director to develop, plan and deliver each programme.

Key Tasks

Exhibition and events delivery:

Planning and curating group and solo exhibitions

Liaising with artists and curators to commission new work or to exhibit previous works

Producing exhibition schedules, project reports and press releases

Working with the Board of Directors to produce budgets for each event and ensure that they are maintained

Producing risk assessments for each exhibition

Marketing the exhibition programme via social media, the website and physically

Installing exhibitions, including technical support for artists

Maintaining the exhibition, ensuring it is invigilated and that the space is accessible and safe for visitors

Taking down exhibitions and returning exhibited work

Studio development delivery:

Researching and liaising with similar arts organisation across the UK and internationally, providing opportunities for studio members to travel in order to exhibit and make new work

Responding to studio member requirements and concerns

Holding 4 meetings per year (including an AGM) with the studio members

Planning and delivering studio exchanges and residencies for studio members and artists in other cities

Interviewing potential new studio members

Responding to building maintenance requirements


Reporting to the Board of Trustees 4 times annualy

Working alongside the Board of Directors to produce budgets and fundraising for the programmes

Working in accordance to The Royal Standard’s charitable policies and documents.



An in-depth knowledge of contemporary artists and organisations across the UK and internationally

Some experience in planning and delivering exhibitions and other related events

A willingness to work evenings and weekends, responding to the demands of the role

A willingness to carry out laborious tasks

Ability to problem solve and think creatively when in a demanding situation

Some experience of fundraising and budget maintenance for events


A degree-level qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. fine art, curating, art history), or equivalent professional experience

A full UK driving license


We aim to support emergent, artist-led practices via programming, commissioning, and providing work space to artists.

The Royal Standard (TRS) is an artist-led studio, gallery and social workspace based in Liverpool. We offer the city’s artistic and cultural community a location for meeting, making, talking and engagement whilst acting as a catalyst for the most exciting and vibrant visual art in the UK.Since its inception in 2006, TRS has established itself as a dynamic hub of contemporary artistic practice, housing 45 artists, project spaces, and a gallery space. Our project partners include Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), Bluecoat, FACT, Liverpool Biennial (LB) and critical writing journal The Double Negative.

We are based in new architect designed bespoke premises in the Baltic Triangle in Liverpool where we have successfully relocated to within the Northern Lights complex run by Baltic Creative. TRS operates an exhibition programme and a studio development programme, fostering opportunities for exhibiting artists and studio members simultaneously. This allows for constantly shifting programme which includes curated shows, residencies and studio exchanges, group critiques and research opportunities.


Please send your CV along with a letter of interest to Director of Development Jade French via Deadline 12pm Friday 23rd March.

Please ensure your CV is no longer than two pages and that your letter of support tells us why you are interested in the role and what you hope to contribute. If you have any questions or access needs, please contact Jade via the email above.


Deadline for applications: Friday 23rd March by 12pm

Shortlisted candidates invited to interview: 27th March 2018

Interviews: Tuesday 3rd of March 2018