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Board members (x 2)

Posted: 5 Jun 2021 Closes: 28 Jun 2021
Edinburgh Voluntary
Volunteering collective/20210605091216

Collective brings people together around new art. Established in 1984, we have long supported new work by artists who are at a pivotal stage in their development. In November 2018, we opened our new home on Calton Hill, featuring the restored City Observatory, City Dome, and a purpose-built exhibition space. Our programme of exhibitions, walks, and events presents contemporary art in all its diversity. We have a vision for a thriving creative society, where artists inspire new ways of looking, questioning and thinking through art.

Contributing to our charitable mission, our Trading Company oversees our commercial trading activities including retail, events, restaurant lease and accommodation.

Our board of volunteers are members of the company, directors of the company and trustees of the charity. The board is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of Collective, developing our aims, objectives and goals in accordance with our governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines. It is responsible overall for the future success of Collective and ensuring our long-term financial sustainability.

Following the retirement of long-serving trustees, we have two new vacancies on our Board. We are looking for individuals with a wide variety of skills and backgrounds but particularly seeking experience in the fields of marketing and communications, contemporary visual art, business development and fundraising, and digital innovation.

We believe that a greater diversity of views, skills, and lived experience will help generate better experiences for all. We want to encourage applicants with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply, in particular, groups which are under-represented in our sector including People Of Colour and those with lived experience of disability.

As a volunteer trustee, you will contribute your time and skills to help us achieve our goals and shape our strategic direction. Board members are asked to attend five meetings each year (including an annual review and away day) some of which can be attended online. Trustees serve a maximum of two terms of four years, though shorter terms of two and three years are possible, with opportunities to contribute towards task and finish groups or committee. Board members are unpaid, but travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed.

You will receive a warm welcome from a committed board with a shared interest in helping Collective flourish, along with a diverse range of social and professional opportunities.

This is what some of our current trustees have to say about being a board member:

"I have felt privileged to serve on the Board of Collective since 2016 through the establishment of the organisation in their newly realised home on Calton Hill. Working together with the members of the Board to support the staff team through multi-faceted challenges has been both a pleasure and an education, constantly learning from the perspective of others. It has been a way, through the vision of Collective, to be connected to the important role that art and emergent artists play in the life of the city and society beyond."

Akiko Kobayshi, Architect

"I recently joined the Collective board having been a board member for the Collective Trading Company for a couple of years. Coming from a hospitality background, it is fascinating to see how Collective is not only supporting up and coming artists but also how it is offers something for everyone through the lens of art. It is a privilege to have the time to be on a board and to give

something back to our city. The highlight for me is to work and collaborate with a Board who have such a broad range of experiences".

Robin Stewart, Director of Hospitality and Events, National Museums Scotland

“Being a member of the board of trustees at Collective has offered me incredible opportunities as an artist. Helping to shape a progressive organisation such as Collective makes me feel part of an exciting vision about what art institutions can be. The chance to work with a diverse range of ambitious people across the staff team and my fellow board members has given me significant insights about artistic practice, and about the many essential roles that contribute to building sustainable cultural models.”

Scott Rogers, Artist

Please  get in touch with us if you would like an informal and confidential chat about the role at 

Expressions of interest, including what skills and experience you would bring to the role, should be submitted by 5pm Monday 28 June to

Interviews will be held on 6 July.

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