Chair at Edinburgh Printmakers
Friday 14th September 12 noon
October 1st 2018
Dear potential applicant,
I am delighted that you are considering applying to become Chair of Edinburgh Printmakers. I joined the Board of Trustees some eighteen months ago and have found it very rewarding working with people with a wide range of creative and other professional skills. This is an exciting and unusual opportunity for a committed leader to contribute to making a success of a long-standing organisation entering an entirely new phase.
If you would like to discuss this opportunity further please contact [email protected] / 0131 344 4646.
Edinburgh Printmakers was established in 1967 as the first open access studio in Britain. We support printmaking and contemporary visual arts practice through high quality, low cost studio access, training, residency and gallery programmes.
Following 51 successful years, we are undertaking significant step-change as we prepare to open our new premises in Fountainbridge. This capital development project will allow Edinburgh Printmakers to diversify its cultural infrastructure with new creative and commercial areas, accommodation for visiting artists, a 130m2 learning space, café and retail space.
Our plans will see us extending and improving support for artists through printmaking practice and research, studios and workspaces, and new residencies, exhibitions and learning opportunities.
The project has received wide support from the local community, the City of Edinburgh Council and private individuals. We have secured grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland, the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund and grant making Trusts and Foundations. With over £10 million of funds secured, construction is underway to restore the existing structure of the former 19th Century Castle Mill Works ready to open in Spring 2019.
Edinburgh Printmakers’ vision is to support artistic excellence in the medium of print. EP delivers a world class cultural programme through our gallery and studio. As contemporary art producers, curators and exhibitors, educators in printmaking and contemporary art practice, we are a key agent in the cultural life of Edinburgh and Scotland.
In our 50th anniversary year, we are set to significantly increase the range and scale of our activities, as we prepare to move to new premises. The development project will enable Edinburgh Printmakers to extend and improve its printmaking and gallery provision and diversify its cultural infrastructure with new creative and commercial areas, accommodation to support our artist residency programme, a 100 square metre dedicated learning space, a café and retail space.
The project has received wide support from the local community, the City of Edinburgh Council, corporations and private individuals. We have secured grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland, the Scottish Government’s Capital Regeneration Grant Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Robertson Trust, Dunard Fund, the Binks Trust and Turtleton Charitable Trust. We have raised £10 million and construction is now approaching completion. We have restored the the former 19th Century Castle Mills building in Fountainbridge, saved from demolition, and our new home is expected to be ready to open in Spring 2019.
Role of the Chair and Person Specification
The Board of Trustees is seeking to secure an outstanding and talented individual to join them in leading the organisation in to the next phase.
We are looking for
• Leadership in a time of change and innovation.
• Skills in governance to ensure we fulfil our statutory responsibilities and other commitments.
• An understanding of funding to support moves towards increased financial resilience.
• Most importantly, a passion for the visual arts to ensure credibility with artists and funders.
Relationships between trustees, staff, artist members, audiences and stakeholders will be key through a period of considerable transition and opportunity for Edinburgh Printmakers.
The Chair particularly has a critical role to play in relations with funders.
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