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Join our Board of Trustees

Join our Board of Trustees

Spike Island Open Studios (2017) Valda Jackson, studio 94a. Photograph by Lisa Whiting



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.

Our home in Bristol is one of Europe’s largest studio complexes. We are proud to host over 70 studio artists, over 35 creative businesses, over 160 Associates, and hundreds of MA/BA Fine Art students of UWE Bristol. Our community is built to support artists to develop their careers, gain new knowledge, and grow their networks.

Who we are looking for

The Board of Trustees is critical in setting and overseeing Spike Island’s mission, and working with the executive team to lead on and enact the vision for the organisation’s future. You don’t have to have previous experience as a Board member or Trustee, or be from an arts or culture background. What we do want are diverse, enthusiastic and committed applicants who believe in the fundamental value of arts and culture, and who are able to apply their particular skills and life experience to this dynamic organisation, with its broad business model that enables us to support, produce and present exceptional contemporary art.

The Board is looking to expand our group of Trustees as we move into our next phase of development, and is interested in recruiting candidates with skills and experience in the legal sector, particularly commercial and charity law.

We need our Board of Trustees to be representative of our city, the artists and arts professionals we work with, and the audiences we seek to engage. We therefore strongly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or minority ethnic, young, disabled, LGBTQI+, working class, or living or working in areas of socioeconomic deprivation in Bristol.

Alex Cecchetti, Singing Chandelier (2018) 1000 unique blown glass pieces, waterphone, iron structure. Installation view: At the Gates of the Music Palace, Spike Island, Bristol. Photograph by Lisa Whiting

Download the Trustee Recruitment Pack

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

Download the pack


Once you have downloaded and read the application pack, please upload your application via the form below.

Application form

  • Please briefly outline below your reasons for wanting to become a Trustee of Spike Island, how you meet the skills and experience needed, and how you would act as an advocate for Spike Island and the charity’s interests.
  • 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.
  • Your skills and experience

    The Board needs to ensure that, collectively, its members have the skills necessary for it to manage the business of Spike Island. Please indicate your own assessment of your skills and experience against each of the headings below by ticking the appropriate box and completing the evidence/comments section.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 10 MB.
  • Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

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