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Are you passionate about contemporary art, cultural institutions and the role of culture and creativity in making cities and regions better places? Do you want to actively engage with Bristol, the South West and its cultural infrastructure?

Arnolfini is looking for new people to join our Board of Trustees. You will bring vibrant positive energy, progressive thinking, a commitment to diversity and inclusion and your professional skills to help advance the organisation’s business plan and our impact locally, nationally, and internationally.

About Arnolfini

Arnolfini is an established centre for international contemporary arts located in the heart of Bristol’s harbourside. For over 60 years we have delivered a high-quality cultural programme working with the world’s best visual artists, writers, performers, and musicians alongside our weekly programme of engagement and learning activity. We attract over 600,000 visitors to our historic building to experience the vibrant programme of contemporary arts and we engage with hundreds of thousands more through online and outreach activity.

Our cultural programme brings the best of local, national, and international contemporary art to the region. Arnolfini’s location and flexible spaces (including a 200-seat auditorium) mean it is well placed to be the leading contemporary arts venue in Bristol, complementing and working with other arts venues in the city.

At the centre of our work is our strategic partnership with The University of the West of England’s (UWE) Bristol. This partnership aligns UWE and Arnolfini’s missions and resources to create a world class cultural and educational facility.

Trustee Role – Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for new trustee members to join our already diverse and vibrant board. If you think you could contribute, then we’d love to hear from you. We’ve listed some of the areas where expertise would be welcome.

  • Contemporary Art Forms.
  • Learning and Public Engagement.
  • Sustainable Business Models.
  • Sustainability.
  • Human Resources.
  • Legal structures – charity and business.
  • Digital Communications and Marketing.
  • Fundraising in the Arts.

Key information

  • Arnolfini is a CIO- Charitable Incorporated Organisation (with UWE, Bristol as our sole member).
  • The time commitment for trustees is to attend four meetings per year, plus an annual away day and other additional sub committees as required. Meetings take place at the Arnolfini in Bristol.
  • Board papers are sent in advance of meetings.
  • We encourage our board members to attend our events and exhibitions.
  • The role of a trustee is voluntary and is not remunerated, but all reasonable expenses will be paid.
  • We believe it is vital board members see our artistic work and would also encourage board members to represent at advocate for our work at networking and other events.

How to apply

Please email your CV and an expression of interest to

Applications close Tuesday 31 January 2023.