Application Deadline: 19th January 2022
South Square Centre is a grassroots, arts and heritage centre embedded in its local community. It has a vibrant programme of exhibitions, events, workshops, as well as strong partnerships with local schools, care homes and community organisations. Since April 2020, South Square has been nimble and quick to adapt its working practices to best serve the community. In the last 18 months, South Square has engaged with 4k+ participants all whilst undertaking major capital development of the building.
There is a volunteer board of trustee Directors, and a small staff team. In addition to this post the staff include a Programme Manager (2.5 days pw), Arts and Heritage Coordinator (4 days pw), Building Manager (12 hrs pw) and Cleaner (6 hrs pw). South Square also has a longstanding traineeship programme to enable trainees to undertake their first paid role in a cultural organisation. There is a great range of tenants at South Square including Plenty at the Square Café, The Watchmakers, Bradford Community Cinemas, Thornton Antiquarian Societies archive and 10 artist studios.
In 2019 South Square was pleased to secure a 99-year lease through a Community Asset Transfer of the building and in 2021 the building underwent an extensive refurbishment. The long-term security of tenure and warmer more welcoming building provide a great platform for engaging with communities and programming arts and heritage activities. Early next year there will be a number of access improvements.
The Centre Director plays an essential role in the running of South Square. This is an exciting opportunity to help design and lead on the organisations strategy in the lead up to Bradford’s bid to be city of culture in 2025.
The Centre Director will instigate the creative and public programme, and have a strong grasp of the centre’s finances, business plan, partnerships, and organisational development.