Call for SCAN members to join our board of trustees (Voluntary role)

Closing date 10 August 2021

Voluntary role

Can you help us to champion, connect and cultivate the contemporary art community? Scottish Contemporary Art Network is looking for SCAN members to join our board of trustees led by our Chair, Veronique AA Lapeyre.

Trustees play a key role in overseeing our effective governance and financial accountability as a small charity. They also help us to make the changes we need in our own work and strategy. We are looking for people to work collectively with us to advocate for artists and arts organisations in communities across Scotland, and to build a fairer and more sustainable future, as we emerge from the pandemic.

What is expected of a Board Member?

The Board meets formally four times a year (currently online – with a mixture of online and in-person meetings planned in the future). You may also be asked to participate in a working group to deliver a specific objective or to participate on a sub-committee.  Training and an Annual Strategy Day may involve further time each year.

Board roles and responsibilities include:

Preparing for and attending Board meetings

Contributing to the sound governance of SCAN

Bringing expertise to relevant areas of SCAN’s development and work

Ensuring SCAN is accountable in its use of public funding

Contributing to projects and activities when appropriate

Being an advocate for SCAN and our members

The majority of SCAN Trustees are drawn from our membership, but the trustees can also invite co-opted members of the board to support out work. To complement our board’s existing skillset we would particularly love to hear from SCAN members with experience of artist-led organising, working with museums or permanent collections, and with recent experience of organisational change or transformational development.

The following experience is particularly useful:

Working collaboratively and constructively

Analysing information and making decisions

Supporting others in the workplace or in voluntary positions

Working with partners and stakeholders in government, local authorities, health, environment or the voluntary sector

To help us meet our ambitions we are particularly looking for members with experience of, and commitment to, sustainability, equalities, fair work and international working. SCAN is especially keen to attract notes of interest from those who understand the barriers to entry and progression in the cultural sector. We’d particularly like to hear from people with lived experience of being a Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage and Person of Colour, refugee, D/deaf, disabled, working class and/or LGBTQIA+ artist or cultural worker.

SCAN is committed to equality and opposed to all forms of unfair discrimination. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. If you are interested in this voluntary role but feel there are some barriers to participation (caring responsibilities, financial, accessibility, travel, slow internet/devices etc.) please do get in touch. We would be happy to discuss this with you and see what support is available.

To apply, send a CV and a short covering letter telling us more about yourself, and why you are interested in this opportunity by August 10, to [email protected] If you’d like to find out more about us, the role or barriers to participation we’ll arrange a chat with our chair or director, if you contact us on [email protected]

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