Axis Trustee



Axis are looking for new trustees to join our board and support the next phase of our exciting journey. For more information please read through our Trustee Recruitment Pack. Deadline for applications: 9am, Monday 31 January 2022

Closing date for applications

Who we are

An independent charity, we are committed to providing a platform to support artists and profile what they do. Through a determination to create the space artists need, our programme comprises a range of activities:

- Reflecting the artists’ voice is integral to emerging developments in contemporary art, across assorted contexts. We present new aspects and forms of artistic expression to local, national and international audiences.

- Supporting artists: insurance, networks, space, opportunities, R&D awards, profiling, advice, mentoring - enabling artists to be artists.

- Artists blur the boundaries and we adapt and change with their evolution, seeking to provide the best support we can.

Please read through the Axis Trustee Recruitment Pack for further information, which can be found here.

What we need:

Having carried out a trustee and governance audit, we want to appoint a number of trustees, through 2022.

We are open to and interested in hearing from individuals from diverse backgrounds interested in applying their experience as a trustee for Axis. Axis is part of an AHRC funded research fellowship looking at arts access and policy. We are interested in candidates who consider themselves champions of equal access, anti-racism, and fair distribution in whatever field they work in. Axis is a team in an exciting period of growth and change. We are interested in potential and not just perfection across the board. We strongly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian, or minority ethnic, young, disabled, LGBTQI+.

We are also seeking trustees with experience/skills in the following areas:



All trustees play a public role helping to communicate the case around the role and value of the visual arts.

As a trustee you will be ambitious for Axis, and share our determination to support a more widely engaged and diverse community of artists, commissioners and audiences.

All Axis trustees are expected to demonstrate:

- Strategic skills, including an ability to analyse complex issues, maintain independence of view and to guide and facilitate the resolution of complex debates.

- Influencing and communication skills, including an ability to develop relationships quickly and maintain/sustain them when dealing with disparate views and agendas, communicating clearly and effectively to a wide range of audiences to gain engagement and buy-in.

- Adaptability and pragmatism, including an ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances, and be comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty.

- Team working and collaboration skills, including strong focus, perceptiveness and sensitivity to people issues, to solve collective problems.

- Pro-active and results orientated, including an energy, drive and resilience to continue to move forward to achieve planned goals, while ensuring everyone is on board.

Please view complete description in our Recruitment Pack

Job Description:The role would involve attending four half day Board meetings per annum. Board meetings are currently via Video conferencing. We welcome applications from individuals across the UK.

The role may also involve attending Axis events and other engagements where appropriate. Some additional time to review papers and provide ad hoc advice will be required as necessary.

This is an unpaid role. Axis will reimburse reasonable travel expenses to meetings in full. The likely total time commitment is the equivalent of half a day per month.

The role of the Board of Trustees is to:

- Determine policy and establish the overall strategic direction;

- Oversee the delivery by monitoring performance against objectives and targets;

- To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the charity’s affairs;

- Where appropriate, represent Axis externally;

- To use the combined expertise of Trustees to advise and support Axis.

- A Trustee should have commitment to its objectives and values, and be willing to champion Axis.

A Trustee must participate in the Board’s decision making processes, including preparation for, and attendance at, meetings of the Board.

A Trustee should be prepared to work with the Executive Director and Axis staff to facilitate a free exchange of advice.

A Trustee must be prepared to declare and actively manage any matter arising in which the Trustee has an interest which might be perceived to conflict with those of Axis. To this end, Trustees are required to complete and submit a declaration of interests on appointment and thereafter annually.

The law places certain restrictions on becoming a charity Trustee. These are set out in Section 3.1 of the Charity Commission Essential Trustee Guidance.

Trustees are required to understand and embrace the seven principles of public life as defined by the Nolan Committee: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

Application deadline: 31st January 2022 at 9am.


Please read through the Axis Trustee Recruitment Pack for further information, which can be found here.

Closing date for applications

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