Do you feel passionate about the arts in Wales? Are you prepared to offer your ideas, experience and expertise to develop new opportunities for people across Wales to enjoy and take part in the arts?
If your answer to these questions is "yes" we, the Arts Council of Wales, want to hear from you.
We exist to fund and develop the arts in Wales. We have a governing Council, whose members are appointed by the Welsh Government’s Heritage Minister, who use their experience and expertise about Wales and the arts to guide our work.
What we ask our National Advisers to do
Day to day work is undertaken by the Council’s professional staff – arts experts with a range of specialist knowledge. It’s essential that we’re well informed, balanced in our views and aware of the full diversity of contemporary creative activity. It’s also important that we’re familiar with the latest developments and thinking in the arts, in Wales and further afield.
One of the ways that we do this is through a network of National Advisers – people who give voluntarily of their time to assist us, and their peers, in developing the quality of the arts in Wales.
Currently we’re renewing the membership of our National Advisers and recruiting new members to join this network.
We’re looking for individuals with an appropriate calibre of arts experience. The range of views and experience we are seeking is broad. We have a list of specialisms which our advisers cover. The Prospectus covering the role of National Adviser sets out how we work with our advisers (and what we offer them) and what we expect from them.
Our Advisers bring with them a diverse range of expertise, often as artists, or arts managers themselves. Our Advisers also include academics, writers, consultants and business people – indeed, anyone with demonstrable knowledge, expertise in, and commitment to, the arts. Working together, our Council, staff and Advisers offer to Wales the country’s most dynamic and comprehensive resource of specialist arts expertise.
We’re keen to be able to tap into expertise across the whole range of topics covered in our list of specialisms. You’ll notice that some category specialisms are "catch alls". But in some fields – such as music and dance – we’re looking for advisers who have specialist expertise within individual arts areas, for example across the whole spectrum of dance from Parkour to Ballet, and the whole range of genres of music classical music to jazz.
What you can bring to our work
We also want to reflect some of our priority areas through the Advisers that we’re hoping to attract. For example, we’re particularly keen at the present time to:
- advance our Equalities work, (going beyond the considerations of recent legislation to genuinely reach out to individuals and communities who’ve felt distant from, or disenfranchised by, the publicly funded arts))
- develop expertise in the field of art in the public realm.
(One of our current tasks is to set up a specific group to help us with policy development in the area of Public Art)
- recruit new members to join our Advisory Committee for Wales’s presence at the Venice Biennale. (There are opportunities here, perhaps, for individual artists and for people with knowledge in visual arts marketing, fundraising for international events and visual arts education)
- find people who have the commitment and energy to champion our belief in the importance of developing Wales’s bi-lingual culture
- attract individuals who have knowledge and expertise in the development of the arts as they’re expressed through the medium of Welsh language culture
- identify people with the expertise to help us look at imaginative new ways of extending the reach and relevance of the arts in people’s lives.
- develop a greater breadth of expertise in our work with young people
- attract people with a knowledge of the creative industries and ideas about how we might develop the arts in the context of the creative economy (particularly in relation to music and film).
Interested? The next steps...
If you’re interested in joining us as a National Adviser, there’s a Prospectus and an Application Pack for you to download.
We’ll follow this up and invite you to an interview, after which we’ll write to you, if you’ve been successful, to confirm your appointment.
We look at recruitment on a three-year cycle, and we can renew advisers’ terms of appointment for a maximum of two three-year cycles. We also recruit on an "as needs arise" basis if we determine new needs for particular areas of advice.
You can register your interest in becoming a National Adviser at any time, but the closing date for this particular round of recruitment is 7th September 2012.
We are intending to hold interviews across Wales on 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st of September 2012.