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Co-producing great art since 1983
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Co-producing great art since 1983

Opportunities at Helix Arts

We are currently looking for Trustees to join the board

Helix Arts has been co-producing, co-curating and co-evaluating great art since 1983. We work with high quality artists and with people in diverse communities who lack opportunities to enjoy a rich cultural life.

We prioritise:

  • People living in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas
  • People who are unemployed or on low incomes
  • People facing ill health particularly older people
  • People with special needs
  • Children and young people at risk

Helix Arts participants say their confidence, motivation and skills are boosted while their health and well-being improve and fresh pathways to employability can open up.

We are the only Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation of our type in the North East of England. Unusually we work across all art forms with people of all ages, of all abilities whatever their circumstances.

We have been based in North Shields since autumn 2017 and we run arts programmes across the region.

We have an ambitious business plan for the next 4 years and we are keen to welcome new Trustees to our Board to support the CEO to deliver it.

We are seeking exceptional candidates from diverse backgrounds and with a mix of skills. We are particularly keen to appoint people with experience in sales; volunteering; medicine and/or criminal justice.

Alison Shaw has been Helix Arts’ Chair since 2016 and has wide ranging experience in educational leadership. She is also the David Goldman Visiting Professor of Innovation and Enterprise for 2018 at Newcastle University Business School. Alison is responsible for leading the team of Trustees, chairing meetings, advocating Helix Arts to its stakeholders while guiding and line managing the CEO.

All prospective candidates will need to:

  • Have time to dedicate to this role;
  • Support the charitable objectives of the organisation;
  • Have the skills, commitment and drive to take the organisation forward;
  • Support the CEO to seek financial investment.
  • The Board meets at least four times a year in North Shields. Trustees may also be asked to sit on working groups.

    To apply for the role of Trustee, please send your CV together with a short covering letter explaining why you are interested in joining Helix Arts Catherine Hearne CEO, by 27 April 2018. A copy of the role description and person specification is available below.

    Shortlisted candidates will be invited to meet a small group including the CEO (Catherine Hearne) and current Chair of the Board on 4th May 2018.

    Click here to see the Role Description and Person Specification


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