Grizedale Arts



Project Director

The Post is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and is a 2 year fixed term consultancy.

The post holder will need to be on site in the Lake District at least 3 days per week

Salary is £35-40K negotiable

Expenses and operating costs to be agreed

Job Purpose

Lead the development of the partnership working initiated by the Joint Management Committee (JMC) which brings together the historic Coniston Institute, (, The Ruskin Museum ( and the contemporary art organisation Grizedale Arts ( and its residency base Lawson Park farm (

The organisations are all dedicated to developing and creating an entity that will impact on the social, economic and cultural conditions of the valley communities, and to finding visionary new ways to bring the historic, social and contemporary cultures into productive partnership.

Underpinning the ethos of all 3 organisations is a belief in education as the principle mode for community development – an idea that has a long history in the Institute building and the museum’s namesake John Ruskin. The project has the potential to develop new ways of thinking and working for the cultural and education sector creating innovative blueprints drawn from this historic and inspirational place and combination of elements.

The post holder will develop a new umbrella organisation that retains the existing authenticity and core values of the organisations while re-presenting the programme in an international context as a leader in the field and a blueprint for future working that would have a resonance across the sectors. Our fundamental vision is about connecting communities and society initiating a creative and fulfilling way to living.

The role will sit independently as a consultancy position for a fixed 2 year term.

Key Deliverables

The post will be monitored through a number of fixed deliverables and milestones set in the initial phase of the project with the successful candidate. These will identify key achievements in the evolution of the project, for example the completed audit of assets, the agreement of potential future partners as well as more specific aspects like the submission of grant applications to stated bodies.

Much of this work is underway and ongoing in these instances the role will be to review and contribute to these elements.

Key activities & deliverables will include the following: