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We’re Looking For New Directors

4th April 2019


We are looking for new Directors to join The Royal Standard team and play a key role in the running of our artist-led studio group and gallery in Liverpool.


The Role

2-year maximum term, 2 days per week, voluntary role

The Royal Standard currently operates its programmes and activities through a team of between 4-6 Directors. 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 role is versatile and always changing; we work as a team to meet the needs of the local arts community, whilst also ensuring the stable running of the organisation.

Activity at The Royal Standard is divided between the presentation of a public programme and studio member engagement. The exhibition programme aims to deliver a minimum of 4 shows per year, alongside a public programme of events and workshops.  The studio programme devises and delivers opportunities for artists and members of The Royal Standard community. This is in conjunction with organisational development including residencies, studio member exhibitions and crits. It is the responsibility of Directors to develop, plan and deliver each programme.

A crucial aspect of the Director role consists of ensuring and actively contributing to the continued running of the organisation, including long-term planning, fundraising, marketing and operational maintenance.

It is imperative that an Director is able to work in collaboration with the other Directors and wider team: from contributing to key decisions relating to the running of the organisation to collaborating on programme planning and delivery.

We ask all Directors to contribute 2 days per week but we are flexible in understanding everyone’s needs, existing commitments and approach to their individual tasks while with The Royal Standard.

During your time at The Royal Standard, you will learn key skills in the running of a organisation, growing your own skills in the art sector and learning new ones as you go.

The role is subject to a 3-month probationary period.

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 marketing and press materials

Working with both the other Directors and the Board of Trustees to produce budgets for each project and ensure that they are maintained

Producing risk assessments for each exhibition

Marketing the exhibition programme via our website, social media, newsletter 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:

Ensuring the smooth running of our studio member scheme, including the recruitment of new members and maintainance of relationships with existing ones

Responding to studio members’ requirements and concerns, including building and facilities maintenance

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

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 wor

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

Advertising available spaces within The Royal Standard and aiming for 100% occupancy at all times

Assisting studio members to promote artist-led activity within the community

Providing tours to prospective studio members and other groups

Building and maintaining relationships with universities and other local cultural organisations who can benefit from the studio scheme


Ensuring the organisation is ran sustainably and with a view of its long-term growth and development

Ensuring the organisation is delivering against its mission, charitable aims and goals

Working closely with and reporting to the Board of Trustees a minimum of 4 times annually, or as required

Working alongside the other Directors to produce budgets and fundraising for all programmes

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

Ensuring that The Royal Standard remains transparent and complies with any requirements of regulating bodies, such as Liverpool City Council, Arts Council and Companies House

Commitment to equality and diversity

Operational capacity:

Monitoring and responding to daily communications from studio members and the general public

Liaising with the landlord and building manager

Ensuring that each studio member pays their rent each month

Maintaining financial stability whilst completing cash sheets, forecasts and monitoring bank statements

Following up on payments for goods and services, whilst liaising with Trustees to approve payments in accordance with budgets

Personal Specification


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

Some experience in planning and delivering exhibitions and related events

Flexibility in responding to the demands of the role, including willingness to work evenings/weekends and to carry out arange of tasks

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

Dedication to the growth and development of the Liverpool arts community

Some experience of fundraising and budgeting for projects

A proactive, creative and collaborative approach

Excellent communication skills, both in person and in writing


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

Experience of fundraising

A full UK driving license

About us

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

The Royal Standard 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, The Royal Standard has established itself as a dynamic hub of contemporary artistic practice, housing over 30 artists, project spaces, and a gallery space. Our project partners have included Liverpool John Moores University, Bluecoat, FACT, Liverpool Biennial and The Double Negative.

We are based in the Northern Lights complex run by Baltic Creative. The Royal Standard operates an exhibition programme and a studio development programme, fostering opportunities for exhibiting artists and studio members simultaneously. This allows for a constantly shifting programme which includes curated shows, residencies and studio exchanges, group critiques and research opportunities.

The Royal Standard is a registered charity

How to Apply

Please send your CV along with a letter of interest to using the subject line ‘Director Application’

Deadline: 21/04/19

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 us via the email above.

If successful you’ll be invited to an interview shortly after the deadline date.

We are committed to promoting equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community.