Audience Development Officer – Contemporary Arts Commissions

The Brontë Society is looking for a motivated, creative individual to lead on the development and delivery of its renowned and respected contemporary arts commissioning programme.

The Brontë Society is a multi-disciplinary organisation that exemplifies the richness that results when heritage and the arts come together.  The contemporary arts commissioning programme engages with and interrogates our collection in innovative ways. Its main focus is literature and visual arts, but the programme also explores Brontë links with other artforms through partnerships. Since the programme was established over ten years ago, we have presented new work by artists including Sam Taylor Wood, Cornelia Parker, Tracy Chevalier and Lily Cole.

Based at the world-famous Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, you will work closely with the Audience Development and Curatorial teams to commission, develop and deliver new and innovative arts projects.  You will collaborate with artists and external partners to devise fresh and exciting ways to access and work with the Museum’s accredited, world-class collection and test new ways of reaching audiences.  The role also offers an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role in the celebrations for the bicentenary of the birth of Anne Brontë in 2020.

To be successful in this role, you will have at least five years’ experience of programming within the cultural or heritage sector and experience of commissioning new work from artists.  You will also need to demonstrate strong project management skills and the ability to contextualise the programme to underpin the ambitions of the Society and reflect its status as a National Portfolio Organisation and an Accredited Museum.

We value a diverse workforce and welcome suitably qualified applications from all sections of the community and for the job description please visit our website

Please forward your CV and a covering letter as well as contact details of two referees to the Management Support Officer, Brontë Parsonage Museum, Church Street, Haworth BD22 8DR or email

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Contact Name

Alison Boardman 

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Start Date

17th November 2018

Closing Date

2nd December 2018