The Wirksworth Arts Festival is looking for a Festival Manager

The Wirksworth Arts Festival is looking for a Festival Manager

The Board of Trustees of the Wirksworth Festival is looking for an enthusiastic, experienced project manager, with knowledge and understanding of the Wirksworth Arts Festival, to deliver a successful 2021 Festival. 

About Wirksworth Arts Festival:
The Wirksworth Festival is the oldest Arts Festival in the area, running for at least 30 years, with the main Festival taking place over a fortnight in September.

The Festival consists of a curated exhibition, a Town Trail where over 130 artists, selected by an experienced panel, show their work in around 80 homes and public spaces in the town, and various pop-up events, performances etc over two weeks in September.

Other activity takes place throughout the year, including an On-line Art Prize and a 3-month Artist in Residence project. We work very closely with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver the Festival, including schools.

About the role:
This post would suit someone with proven project management skills, experience in the Arts, experience and success in managing a range of diverse partners, volunteers and sponsors, ability to manage everyday administrative and budgetary tasks, and a can-do, get on with it attitude!

The Festival is a registered charity and the postholder will be managed by the board of Trustees. We have a small office in a shared space, and a large storage building. 

The successful applicant will have to be able to deliver the On-Line Art Prize and the Artists’ Applications process (March 2022), the lead up to the Festival (from May onwards), plus significant time in the lead up to and the fortnight of the main Festival itself (July-September).

The post would suit someone with other similar employment, someone managing a range of Art projects or someone able to offer time as laid out above. There is £12,500 available to fund this position, either as a consultancy or a salaried post.


For more information about this opportunity, please visit the Wirksworth Arts Festival website here, or email:


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