Farnham Maltings is a cultural organisation and charity, based in Farnham, Southwest Surrey, that works locally, nationally, and internationally to encourage people to participate in, shape and understand the world in which we live. It was established in 1969 and proudly delivers on its core founding objectives (see background document).
The Board is seeking an exceptional Chief Executive Officer to lead Farnham Maltings into its next phase of development as the creative heart of the town and region. The focus of the role is to, with Executive Team, develop and execute an inspiring vision and strategy which ensures Farnham Maltings attracts a wide range of people/communities to engage in cultural activities at the same time as growing its work nationally and internationally. This role will lead inclusively and seek to nurture talent both internally and externally, build on and develop new strong partnerships and collaborations with a broad range of local, national, and international arts and non-arts organisations to deliver an exciting programme of work.
Farnham Malting’s mission is to encourage people to be actively creative; connecting with others unlike ourselves; and by articulating new ideas we will foster a happier, healthier, and more inclusive set of communities. We instinctively gravitate to the margins, aspire to be generous, seek out surprising partnerships and delight in working with people who can do things better than us.
We require a post holder who will ensure the highest standards in creative and management practice, capable of inspiring an organisation of around 100 people and
400,000 annual visitors, working closely with the Board and strategic partners such as Arts
Council England, Waverley BC, University of Creative Arts, Farnham Town Council and a series of major trusts and non-arts organisations as well as manage a broad membership base from the local community and a c.£2.5 million budget. To this end we seek a thoughtful, progressive, and forward-thinking leader who can offer excellent strategic, leadership, stakeholder engagement and communication skills.
Strategy and Artistic
England and key public bodies such as Waverley BC and Farnham Town council.
Farnham Maltings’ reputation as a professional and outgoing culture centre, ensuring prominence in the industry, public eye, press and among local organisations and community.
Governance and Operations
Board producing regular reports and check-ins.
The core legacy organisational objectives or articles as established in 1969:
Who we are today
Farnham Maltings is a cultural organisation, based in Southwest Surrey, that works locally, nationally and internationally to encourage people to participate in, shape and understand the world in which we live.
We believe that by encouraging people to be actively creative; connecting with others unlike ourselves; and by articulating new ideas we will foster a happier, healthier and more inclusive set of communities. We instinctively gravitate to the margins, aspire to be generous, seek out surprising partnerships and delight in working with people who can do things better than us.
What we stand for
Equality and diversity
The principle of everyone demonstrably sits at the heart of all our practice and is understood from the board down. We are committed to creating a working environment in which employees, potential employees and volunteers have fair and equal access to available opportunities and receives unbiased treatment. We promote equality across our sector, encourage diverse talent and are increasing opportunities to enter the arts workforce.
Though our Community Engagement work, we are able to give value to the contribution everybody can make to a just and fair society. In this, we apply our knowledge of our local area to target the most disadvantaged or under-represented members of our communities.
We recognise the role we can play in shaping and influencing practice across the sector, especially through the house network. We will continue the long slow journey to broaden the audience and makers of art across the region. In this we are particularly focused on the issue of class, believing as we do that this is the most pressing divide within our communities.
Listening to others
We believe that the best art will spring from better understanding the relationship between artists and communities particularly those people who do not have easy access to the arts. And that achieving this will lead to a more resilient, inclusive and useful arts sector. We will listen and adapt rather than acting as ‘missionaries’ committed to bringing art to the masses. We manage multiple strands of work to reach different audiences, with a range of funders and partners and capture data from multiple sources.
We believe that our vision can only be achieved by understanding our place in the world. This needs to be felt throughout the organisation providing opportunities to introduce new work, thinking and solutions. We commission international makers, work with theatre makers, and international partners to promote cultural export and exchange.
We delight in cultivating partnerships beyond the traditional arts sector and believe that working with others enhances our reach, sustainability and resilience. We are driven by a core purpose and ambition that favours an entrepreneurial approach to delivering that purpose through surprising means.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: £65,000.00 per year
Ability to commute/relocate:
Application deadline: 14/08/2022
Reference ID: CEO Farnham Maltings