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Spike Island is looking for a new Chair of the Board

Spike Island is looking for a new Chair of the Board

Denzil Forrester, Itchin & Scratchin (2019) Oil on canvas. Itchin & Scratchin (2020) Installation at Spike Island. Work courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Photography by Max McClure



Spike Island is a dynamic arts centre that supports, produces and presents contemporary art and culture. We engage audiences in our work through a diverse programme of exhibitions and events; and we directly support artists and artist-led organisations through new commissions, subsidised studio provision and critically-engaged artist development opportunities that widen access to our programme and facilities.

Spike Island is looking for an exceptional individual to lead the organisation as Chair of the Board. The ideal candidate will already have charity experience as a Trustee/Company Director, a full understanding of the requirements required for good governance, financial acumen, excellent relationship building skills and a passion for the arts.

As Chair, you will work closely with the Executive Team and fellow Trustees to develop the business plan to ensure that Spike Island continues to thrive and that its reputation as a centre of artistic excellence receives regional, national and international recognition.

To apply, please download the Chair of the Board Recruitment pack, and complete the below application form and an equal opportunities monitoring form.

Download the Chair of the Board Recruitment Pack

Find out more about us, who we are looking for, and how to apply.

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Chair of the Board Application Form

  • Please briefly outline below your reasons for wanting to become a Chair of the Board, how you meet the skills and experience needed, and how you would govern Spike Island as Chair.
  • It is important that individual Trustees ensure that their private or professional interests generally do not influence their decisions, and that they do not use their position as a Trustee to obtain personal gain of any sort.

  • Please indicate here whether you or a close relative may have any conflict of interest were you to become a Trustee of Spike Island, which may be the case if you: have an unspent conviction for an offence involving dishonesty or deception; are currently declared bankrupt (or subject to bankruptcy restrictions or an interim order) have an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA) to pay off debts with creditors; are disqualified from being a company director; have previously been removed as a trustee by the Charity Commission or the High Court due to misconduct or mismanagement; are disqualified or barred from acting as a trustee of this charity under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

    Following your submission of this application form, you will be prompted to complete an anonymous equal opportunities monitoring form.


Please note that we will be shortlisting candidates for interview and we will let you know if you have been shortlisted by no later than 5 May 2021.

First interviews will be held remotely week commencing 10 May 2021.

Second interviews will be held week commencing 24 May 2021.