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Trustees x4 | Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival (MIF) is looking for up to four new Trustees to join our board at an exciting time of growth as we prepare to launch The Factory.

  • Location: Manchester (flexible)
  • Salary: Unremunerated (reasonable expenses paid)

About the role

MIF brings together artists from different art forms and backgrounds to create dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking new work, which we stage in a rich tapestry of venues across Greater Manchester – from theatres, galleries and concert halls to railway depots, churches and car parks.

We collaborate closely with venues, festivals and cultural organisations worldwide, whose financial and creative input guarantees our projects have a life after each Festival. We also work widely all year-round within communities through My Festival, a diverse network of creative people forging closer connections with MIF.

This is an exciting time for MIF as we work towards the opening of our future home The Factory, designed by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA, backed by Manchester City Council and HM Government, and currently under construction. At 13,300 square metres, The Factory’s vast size and uniquely flexible design will provide space for artists to make work of ambition and scale they might not be able to do elsewhere.

Dance, theatre, music, opera, visual arts, popular culture and innovative contemporary work incorporating the latest digital technologies will come together in ground-breaking combinations.

The company will continue to present The Festival at The Factory and other locations around the city every other year.

MIF’s Artistic Director & Chief Executive, John McGrath, was previously the Founding Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales, where he won an international reputation for large-scale site-specific works, digital innovation, international collaboration and extraordinary community involvement.

Who we are looking for

Following a recent review of the Board, we are now looking to recruit up to four new Trustees to help us achieve our ambitions. We are looking for members who will drive strategy, ask the right questions, and constructively support our CEO and executive team.

To support our development and growth to The Factory we are looking for Trustees that bring substantial experience and knowledge in one or more of the following areas:

  • International arts leadership
  • Digital Content / Broadcasting
  • Large-scale Venue Management

In addition, we are always open to receive applications from:

  • Practicing artists
  • Those who represent and bring knowledge of a community currently underserved by the festival.

We are committed to growing the diversity of our organisation including at Board Level. We believe that the more diverse we are, the more we reflect our communities, and the better we become at innovative and creative decision-making. Diversity means that we recruit without prejudice to any protected characteristic as well as recruiting for potential with openness to a range of backgrounds, life experiences and career paths.

These are voluntary positions which are non-remunerated except for travel expenses. We are committed to supporting our Board members with any reasonable out of pocket expenses. This might include any necessary travel, subsistence and accommodation for meetings or events, childcare or other dependent expenses whilst attending meetings, specific telephone and broadband charges, and other board related expenses as agreed in advance will be reimbursed.

Our Board meets four times a year for half day meetings with an additional away day session, typically held in September. Dates for all meetings are fixed in advance of each year. Each of these meetings requires members to read papers prepared by the executive team, which are circulated in advance.

To arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search advisers at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935 068

Closing date: 9am, Monday 14th December 2020

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Lucy Mavers

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Welcome from Chair of the Board of Trustees, Tom Bloxham MBE

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Trustee for Manchester International Festival at such an exciting and pivotal time for the organisation as we prepare to open The Factory.

We launched in 2007 as an artist-led festival presenting new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture. Over the years we have commissioned, produced and presented world premieres by a diverse array of artists and are soon to move from a two day a year festival to a full-time organisation.

The Factory will provide us with an ultra-flexible, enabling large-scale artistic work of invention and ambition that isn’t made anywhere else. It will be premiered in Manchester before travelling the world and offer space for the world’s greatest artists and thinking to make, explore and experiment, and for communities and people from Manchester and beyond to meet, exchange ideas and learn new skills.

At this time of enormous transformation, we are now looking for up to four new Trustees to offer additional skills to our exceptional and dedicated Board in the areas of international arts leadership, digital content/broadcasting and large scale venue management. We are also keen to hear from practising artists and those who bring knowledge and experience of currently underrepresented community areas for the festival.

Diversity is a key priority for the Festival, and we are committed to ensuring that our Board represents the wonderfully diverse communities that we serve.

We are delighted you are considering joining us at such a key time for the festival and urge you to contact our consultants at Peridot Partners to find out more.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Bloxham MBE
Chair of the Board of Trustees

About Manchester International Festival (MIF)

“One of the leading worldwide incubators for new, cutting-edge art. Though the festival has an international outlook and reputation, it also showcases Manchester stories and talent.”

The New York Times, June 2017

MIF launched in 2007 as an artist-led festival presenting new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture. We’ve commissioned, produced and presented world premieres by artists as diverse as Björk, Steve McQueen, Robert Wilson, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Jeremy Deller, Wayne McGregor, Maxine Peake, Boris Charmatz, The xx, Zaha Hadid Architects, Thomas Ostermeier, Damon Albarn, Punchdrunk, Elbow and Marina Abramović, among many others. Learn more about our previous events.

We work widely within communities around Manchester with My Festival, MIF’s creative community. My Festival is a diverse network of creative people who are forging closer connections with MIF – taking part in public projects, connecting the Festival to their communities, and joining our programmes of training activities, workshops and other special events.

MIF is a registered charity. Alongside the income we receive from Manchester City Council and Arts Council England, our principal funders, we also receive income from ticket sales and co-commissioning partners; from other public bodies, such as the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA); from private sponsorship; from charitable trusts and foundations; and from individual donations.

MIF Worldwide

MIF is a truly international festival.

Created in Manchester, our shows have travelled to more than 30 countries around the world. We work with partners in Europe, Asia, Australasia and the Americas to bring our projects to fruition, ensuring that MIF shows have a life after their Manchester premieres. We also support MIF artists as they take their own ambitious projects on tour in the UK and beyond.

See Paul Clay, our International Director, in action this Summer at #MIF19.

For more information about Manchester International Festival:

Our website

Who we are and Festival Board

Our Report and Accounts

Articles of Association

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    MIF is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We celebrate diversity and applications are actively encouraged from individuals from diverse backgrounds.

    We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

    Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process, to discuss steps that can be taken to overcome any operational difficulties.


    Closing date: 9am, Monday 14th December 2020
    Interviews: Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd & Wednesday 23rd December
    Informal MIF discussions with Trustees: w/c Monday 4th January & w/c Monday 11th January 2021
    Final Trustees confirmed and induction commences: Monday 1st February 2021

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