Producer and Administrator

CVAN is seeking a passionate and dedicated visual art professional to work with the Director on producing and ensuring an effective network. This role is part of the Baltic’s national sector development plan, and is contracted through the charity, managed by the Director but sits outside the core business of the BALTIC Centre of Contemporary Art. This post is anticipated as a freelance role as we lead the next two years of constituting CVAN as an independent body.


CVAN is a sector support and advocacy organisation that represents a diverse visual arts community of artists, creative practitioners, and arts organisation, institutions and art galleries across nine regions in England. The network is representative of the whole of England’s visual arts sector, bringing together individuals ranging from artists, independent creative professionals including technical professionals, academics, students, National Portfolio Organisations and organisations (including studio providers) with investment models outside of NPO and ACE funding. CVAN’s representation of the whole visual arts ecology means that it can consider and articulate the individual segments of the sector in relation to its whole.

Current Organisation Strategic Aims

• To ensure a sustained future for the wide ecology of the visual arts in England

• To be representative of and to amplify the voices of the wider ecology of the visual arts in England

Wider Context

During the pandemic CVAN has forged a Visual Arts Alliance in collaboration with Artists ‘Union England, a-n The Artists Information Company, Artquest, AxisWeb, Curator Space, DACS, Engage, and Guild. The Alliance is a new sector support development to collectively work together in ensuring the survival of our art form and deal with urgent sector reforms.

In 2019, CVAN worked with Policy Connect and this Autumn will launch its review of the visual arts to parliament including lobbying for continued need of the Museums, Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief.

The organisation is reviewing its structure to consider a federated model by 2022.

Job Purpose

The Producer and Administrator will play a key role in delivery of the programme and activities of CVAN. They will work with the National Chair’s Group, CVAN team and nine regions to develop strategic and high impact advocacy and professional development activities that will bring forward positive change and professional development for the visual arts sector. The role is ideally suited to someone who wishes to take the next step in their career and use their skills and experience to make an impact in a small but highly focused team.

Key Tasks:

• Produce and deliver the sector support programme that includes webinars, talks and partnership events

• Administrate and minute all meetings for the CVAN Network

• Administrate the budget and process invoices

• Create effective systems for the organisation to use such as CRM, archiving and accounts

• Support the Director with diary management

Other responsibilities:

• To represent and promote the Network and its work positively in all internal and external dealings

• To attend as appropriate and participate in internal meetings of the organisation, including staff meetings, organisational meetings and away days.

• To undertake any other duties commensurate with the post as deemed appropriate by the Director

• To ensure that the organisation’s equal opportunities, diversity and environmental policies are applied in the work of the post holder.

Knowledge, skills & experience:


• A demonstrable passion and commitment for the contemporary visual arts

• A confident, brave and considered advocate • A track record of taking minutes and organising meetings

• Experience of office management • Good computer skills including Word, Excel and Outlook.


• A professional track record working in contemporary visual arts

• Experience of bookkeeping and administration

Application Process:

Deadline for application to by Monday 5 October at 9am.

• Cover letter (2 pages max) outlining interest in the role and relevant experience that meets the requirements of the role

• CV (3 pages max)

• Both documents saved as a pdf.

For more information about the role email

Interviews to take place on Zoom week of 19th October

CVAN is committed to inclusivity and welcomes applications that reflect our diverse communities irrespective of disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances.

Opportunity Type


Contact Name

Paula Orrell

Contact Email


Start Date

7th September 2020

Closing Date

5th October 2020