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Lakeland Arts

Would you like to work with a major arts and heritage organisations in Cumbria to ensure that what they do better reflects the diversity of British society and culture? We’re looking for passionate people from diverse backgrounds to offer friendly challenge and support as we develop our programmes across Lakeland Arts.

Who we are

Lakeland Arts is one of the most remarkable arts and heritage organisations in the North and has an exceptional portfolio of attractions in an area of outstanding natural beauty. 2018 was the first full year of inscription of The Lake District as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Our four museums and galleries are: Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House and the brand-new Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories, which are both situated in Bowness, and Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry are in Kendal. Abbot Hall and Blackwell are Grade I Listed Buildings and Windermere Jetty is one of the first contemporary buildings to be constructed on the shores of Windermere in over 50 years.

What's involved?

Who we’re looking for

We’re seeking people across Cumbria to join us as we establish and develop a Creative Case for Diversity Advisory Group (CCD Advisory Group).

We’re looking for people that may feel underrepresented in the arts and heritage industries, as we believe that everyone deserves to see themselves represented in what we do and feel a sense of ownership over our collective histories and culture. To do this, we’re moving towards a model of working with community curators, who help us form our exhibitions and grow our collections.

This is a unique opportunity to get involved with four arts and heritage sites, learning about what we do, while helping to shape, inspire and inform our programme. You don’t need to have a knowledge of art and history, but an enthusiasm for making it available to all is a must.

We want to work with people from a variety of backgrounds, ages, genders, disability statuses, sexual orientations, religions, ethnicities and/or family circumstances. We’d like the CCD Advisory Group to reflect this mix of ideas and experiences, to help us make the innovative and creative programmes our audiences want.

What’s involved?

We ask that you’re able to commit two to three days a year, where you’ll meet with our Programming teams (Learning and Curatorial) to hear about what we’re planning in the year ahead. You’ll offer advice, steering and support to ensure that we make our collections, exhibitions and activities appeal to a diverse audience.

Can you help us do this?

The small print…

These are volunteer positions.

Our sites are in Bowness-on-Windermere and Kendal, so you must be willing to travel to these sites.

Why get involved?

What you’ll get

·       The CCD Advisory Group will be a steering group, and there’s a lot satisfaction from helping to shape our programme.

·       A live, engaging project for your CV.

·       Allowance for travel and expenses.

·       Lunch / refreshments on meeting days.

·       Invitations to exhibition openings and events

How to get involved?


To apply you’ll need to send the following to jobs@lakelandarts.org.uk:

·       Covering letter explaining why you would like to part of this advisory group.

·       An up-to-date CV.

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