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Dorset Visual Arts - Information for Potential Trustees
Thank you for your interest in joining the Dorset Visual Arts’ Board of Trustees. Dorset Visual Arts has a proud history of bringing together artists and makers across the county of Dorset. As the county’s association for contemporary artists and makers it takes a dynamic approach to activity that supports our members and enhances the opportunities for them countywide and beyond. Being a Dorset Visual Arts Trustee is a great opportunity to contribute to the future of Dorset’s thriving Arts Scene and be at the heart of what is happening. The Dorset Visual Arts’ Board takes its responsibilities seriously, but we operate in a relaxed way which makes membership as part of a small team enjoyable.

Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members 
Board Members are in charge of the overall strategic direction of DVA. Their roles and responsibilities are broadly similar to those of the directors of limited companies, and, whilst the staff team (currently 4 freelance employees) undertake the day to day work, they hold overall responsibility for the DVA’s activities, solvency and business practices. In brief, the principal duties and responsibilities of board members are: 

- to act within the powers of the organisation's constitution and articles of association

- to promote the success of the organisation

- to exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence 

- to avoid conflicts of interest

- to exercise independent judgement 

- to declare any personal interests in transactions or arrangements 

Structure and Practice 
DVA Board of Trustees directs and supports the work of the staff through its meetings which usually take place between four - six times a year. Decisions in Board meetings are made on the basis of a simple majority vote of all board members.

Board meetings currently take place either in Sherborne or online using Zoom and are intended to last no longer than two hours. Apart from participating in meetings, board members need to be able to allocate time for reading and thinking about DVA papers and reports so that they can effectively discharge the responsibilities outlined above. 

Skills, Experience and Abilities 
We are particularly looking for individuals who have experience and expertise in the following areas: 

  1. Fundraising
  2. Diversity and Inclusion
  3. Business Management 
  4. Marketing 

Further information 

To find out more about the role or if you have any questions please contact Izzie Jobbins at [email protected] who will be happy to help or put you in touch with one of our current board members.

You can find out more about Dorset Visual Arts and our current board members and team on our website.

How to Apply 
To apply please send a CV and Cover Letter outlining why you would like to join the board of trustees and why your skills and experiences make you suitable for the role. 

Applications should be sent to [email protected] by Friday 9th August.

It is not necessary to have previous trustee experience as training will be provided. At DVA we are committed to equality and inclusivity and strive for our staff and board of trustees to be from diverse backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from those who are currently underrepresented in the Arts and Cultural Sector including those who are from Global Ethnic Majority backgrounds, are disabled, D/deaf, neurodivergent, or identify as LGBTQIA+.

Please read the information pack for more information.


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