Contract: Permanent
Responsible to: Board of Directors
Hours of work: 35 hours per week
Holiday entitlement: 25 days per annum plus bank holidays
Salary: £40,000 – £45,000 per annum
Place of employment: Milton Keynes Arts Centre, Parklands, MK15 5DZ
Terms and conditions of work: 
The position carries a three-month probationary period. During this time written notice of two weeks must be given by either party.

Photograph by Cat Lane

Milton Keynes Arts Centre is seeking to appoint a new director to lead the organisation in an exciting period of expansion. This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced and ambitious individual to take this multidisciplinary arts centre forward, leading on a capital project that will see the renovation of Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s specialist making resources and artist’s studios.

Over the past seven years Milton Keynes Arts Centre has grown into a nationally respected arts organisation, gaining Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisation status in 2018. Recognised for its agenda setting community engagement programmes, annual plate fundraiser and specialist making resources, Milton Keynes Arts Centre offers a year round programme of artist-led projects, developed in tandem with local communities.

Supported by a committed and highly motivated team, the new director will build on the success of recent years. Demonstrating strong communication skills, with the ability to engage persuasively with the team, external partners and stakeholders, the new director will champion inclusivity and diversity, sharing Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s core values.

Director, Milton Keynes Arts Centre – Job Description ︎

How to apply
If you wish to apply for the position, please send the following information by 9am on Tuesday 16 July 2019 to

– A comprehensive CV

– A covering letter (maximum of two A4 sides) describing your suitability for the position and specifically how your past experience matches the job description and person specification.

– A completed Equal Opportunities
( Download Equal Opportunities form︎)

– Interviews will be held on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 July 2019.

Milton Keynes Arts Centre is a multidisciplinary arts centre set in the historic grounds of Great Linford Manor Park. We present a programme of exhibitions, live events and educational activities inspired by craft, design and the visual arts. We provide artists with access to specialist resources and the space to explore new ideas, often developed in tandem with our communities.

Our main site is located two miles from central Milton Keynes, set within the impressive grounds of Great Linford Manor Park beside the Grand Union Canal. We have a gallery set in a 17th-century barn, reimagined by architects Manalo & White; studio spaces housed in historic almshouses, pavilions and school house along with specialist workshop facilities including ceramics and silversmithing.

Our year-round programme of exhibitions, workshops and events attracts over 20,000 visitors a year. We offer a safe and supportive environment for our diverse communities to work together and learn together, exchanging skills and knowledge, opening up new avenues to further learning and employment. Our annual fundraising auction has attracted works from artists including Rose Wylie, Jeremy Deller, and Gary Hume, while recent projects include a summer pavilion, designed and built by architects Studio Weave in collaboration with local families. Our expanding programme reflects an ambition to become a vital resource for the local community as well as to establish a national reputation within the UK visual arts sector.

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