Volunteering

Trustees for Mainspring Arts

Location: Greater London

Date Posted: 14/07/2020

Closing Date: 14/09/2020

Job description

Mainspring Arts is looking for new trustees

We are looking for talented, passionate and enthusiastic new trustees to join our board.

Mainspring Arts is a registered charity dedicated to increasing neurodiversity in the arts. We do this by facilitating workshops and artist development opportunities, providing resources and creating platforms for neurodivergent artists to present work. Our most recent project was Two Metres ApART, a digital museum of work by neurodivergent artists. We usually run a regular scratch night, Springboard, and previous projects include Square Peg Stories and Square Peg Scripts.

Mainspring Arts was established in 2015 and we gained charity status at the beginning of 2020. Now, we’re looking for new trustees to help guide us in this exciting new phase. In the next three years, we hope to:

  • Develop and run new projects that support and amplify the voices of neurodivergent artists, with specific projects aimed at groups that have been underrepresented in our previous projects e.g. Black neurodivergent artists
  • Develop and present the plays that were written as part of our Square Peg Scripts project
  • Expand our Springboard platform, with events outside London so that we can reach more people (when it’s safe to do so)
  • Set up a regular group/peer network for neurodivergent people to meet, chat, share ideas and support each other
  • Diversify our income streams: secure new grants, strengthen our relationships with current funders and develop individual giving

We are looking for people who are passionate about making the arts more diverse and inclusive to join our board and help us achieve our aims. Trustees will attend board meetings (2-3 per year) and will act in an advisory capacity to support staff, as well as being an advocate for Mainspring Arts in the wider community.

This is a voluntary role, but access costs and reasonable out-of-pocket expenses will be covered.

We particularly welcome applications from people who identify as neurodivergent, and those with experience and knowledge of the arts sector.  We actively encourage applications from BAME, disabled and d/Deaf people.

We are also interested in potential trustees with experience in the following areas (although this is not essential):

  • Fundraising
  • Marketing, communications and PR
  • HR
  • IT and digital infrastructure
  • Charity law
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