Who we are
Sir Sidney Nolan was one of the 20th century’s most groundbreaking modern artists. His originality arose from his unconventional approach to art especially the materials he used. He was, in his own terms, an ‘explorer’ who loved to travel for new experiences. He was a polymath deeply influenced by poetry, literature, music, theatre, and history throughout his career. These influences informed his diverse oeuvre. His work was sublime, startling, thought-provoking and often challenging. In the last decade of his life, he established himself at The Rodd, a 500-year-old farm on the English-Welsh border. It was here that he set up the charity bearing his name, The Sidney Nolan Trust. Inspired by what his friend Benjamin Britten had created in Aldeburgh, Nolan’s vision was to create a place where contemporary art could flourish alongside music, poetry, and drama. In support of this ideal, Nolan granted to the Trust an extensive body of his work, a personal archive, his collection of books, his studio and his home, Rodd Farm.
We are looking for potential Trustees who share our passion and commitment, can support our mission and vision, and have the knowledge and experience to further the work of the Trust.
Further information about the Trust is available through our website. The role is unpaid but immensely rewarding. As a Trustee, you will play an important part in developing a rural arts centre with a unique legacy. In a time of economic and social stress, our work provides opportunities and experiences that change lives for the better.
We value the diversity of perspective and lived experience, and although we welcome applications from all backgrounds and fields, we are particularly keen to encourage younger people to apply. At this time, we have also undertaken a skills audit of the current board and would welcome trustees with the following attributes:
• Creative flair An individual with creative flair who has significant experience of establishing multi-disciplinary creative and learning programmes.
• Financial expertise An individual who has significant experience in establishing and maintaining robust income streams from a range of commercial activities, ideally within the charitable sector.
• Leadership experience A high calibre individual who has significant experience of managing complex arts, heritage, charity or commercial organisations.
• Legal expertise, especially property law An individual who has legal experience either in property or charity law, particularly in relation to the governance and legal duties of Charitable Incorporated Organisations
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