Appointment of Members

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23 November 2020
Welsh Government
Location: Wales
Salary: Unremunerated
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Job Description


Exciting opportunities to contribute to the development of the arts in Wales

Members of the Arts Council of Wales

Approx 1.5 days per month

Unremunerated, travel and subsistence costs will be met

Do you believe the arts can change lives?

Do you believe they should be available to all?

Are you aware of the impact of the arts and the benefits of the arts to the health, wealth and well-being of Wales?

If you believe these things, you could have an important part to play in making them happen and we want to hear from you. The Welsh Government is looking for members to serve on the Arts Council of Wales and to help deliver its strategic priorities of promoting a vibrant, diverse and inclusive culture and an arts sector which is sustainable and innovative.

The Arts Council of Wales is a Welsh Government Sponsored Body funded largely by grant-in-aid from the Welsh Government, but it is also one of the four Distributors of National Lottery ‘funding for good causes in Wales.   The Arts Council of Wales is responsible for developing and improving the knowledge, understanding and practice of the arts; and for widening access to arts experiences.

The Welsh Government is inviting applications for up to six Members of the Arts Council of Wales.  The appointments will commence in April 2021 and if appointed, you will play an important role in delivering the Welsh Governments strategic policy commitments to promote a rich and diverse culture and a sustainable, viable and innovative arts sector. 


To strengthen and balance the Council Membership and deliver on strategic priorities over the next three years, Members will need be expected to demonstrate the following qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment: 

Knowledge of the arts in Wales and an understanding of current Welsh Government Arts priorities and policies; 

A clear understanding of, and a commitment to equality issues and to promoting access to, and engagement in the arts; 

An detailed understanding of the current challenges facing arts organisations, ACW and those working in the arts, with an ability to think creatively on how these challenges can be addressed;

A proven track-record of working within one or more of the following art forms/fields: 

how the arts impact on the well-being of diverse communities across Wales and those suffering from inequality;

the creative industries - in particular digital arts, dance, literature; 

promotion and development of the arts in local authorities, in education or health institutions;

commercial - an understanding of how commercial and fundraising skills can be applied to maximise benefit for arts organisations.

Sound decision making, underpinned by robust analysis and strategic vision;


Experience of communicating effectively at all levels; in particular the ability to act as an ambassador for the arts and able to demonstrate tact and diplomacy in dealings with stakeholders;

An understanding of the principles of good governance.  

The ability to speak Welsh is essential for two of the six roles.

The appointment will be for an initial term of three years and will require a commitment of 1.5 days a month on Council business and attendance at all Council meetings in varying locations in Wales.  These posts are unremunerated although travel and subsistence costs will be reimbursed.

The Welsh Government believes that public bodies should have board members who reflect Welsh society - people from all walks of life - to help them understand people's needs and make better decisions.  This is why the Welsh Government is encouraging a wide and diverse range of individuals to apply for appointments to public bodies.  

Applications are particularly welcome from all under-represented groups including women, people under 30 years of age, members of ethnic minorities, disabled people, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. The principles of fair and open competition will apply and appointments will be made on merit.  For further details and to apply go to  or for queries contact 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 23 November at 16:00.  Application forms received after this date will not be considered.  

A large print, Braille or audio version of this advert can be obtained by request from  

Work Permit:

All applicants must be based in the UK and confirm that they are able to prove their eligibility to work in the UK.