Bricks Trustee Recruitment Pack

March 2019


Bricks is a charity formed to support the communities and the artists of Bristol to thrive through community space and collaboration.

Our plan is to purchase, repurpose and run Trinity Road Police Station as a mixed use artspace: a collaborative platform that supports artists in Bristol to thrive and is an asset to the local communities of Trinity (Old Market, St Judes, Stapleton and Newtown).

Our model for the building is based on the creation of a set of adaptable spaces to suit the flexible wasys artists and communities want to use space. Places to make, engage, and connect including affordable artist studios, exhibition and event spaces, a community nursery, community cafe, creative industries workspaces and other uses responding to the needs and requests of the community.

We are engaging in a process of ongoing collaboration with our communities to identify their needs and address them in the model.

For the community we are a long term partner, a meeting place, a connector bringing people together and connecting with place. We are creating a shared asset that many artists, collectives and curators can use to maximise their projects, bringing in outside funding, having reliable, safe and well resourced infrastructure to work with.

Our focus is on creating a long term sustainable and resilient model that is not dependent on grant funding. By owning the building we can invest in the space as an asset with surplus subsidising our work with artists and communities. Keeping artists in communities, supporting an inclusive growth in Trinity area and giving everyone in the area the opportunity to connect with their creativity.

Current Trustees

  • Kim Wide (Chair)

  • Dean Coates

  • Jo Lathwood

  • John O’Connor

  • Kieron Gurner

  • Lucy Ward

  • Russell King

Read Trustee biographies here.

What we are looking for

Our board are our closest allies and advisors, championing Bricks and being a critical friend to shape the organisation as we grow.

Bricks Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) registration is pending, until then we are an unincorporated group. Trustees have overall control of the charity and are responsible for making sure it’s doing what it was set up to do as per its constitution.

The following skills and experience are of particular interest to us at this stage:

  • Property development planning

  • Communications and digital strategy

However this is not exhaustive and we are interested in a variety of experience and perspective so do not let it put you off applying.

Bricks actively encourages applications from those with less visibility in arts leadership. We specifically welcome applicants from local communities, people with disabilities and those from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and international backgrounds.

Through this process we are also looking to recruit a Treasurer, if you are interested in that role please specify on your application.

You can read more about the legal position of what it means to be a trustee here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/charity-trustee-whats-involved.

Commitment

During this initial stage we are looking for more support on certain areas related to our set up and property acquisition however in general the following would stand:

Time

  • Four board meetings per year, ‘emergency’ meetings and Annual General Meeting (which coincide with board meeting).

  • Board meetings will be arranged by doodle, when possible these will take place in Bristol on a weekday, starting at 6pm and lasting two hours maximum.

  • Reading board papers ahead of meetings.

  • Advice and support to CEO and potentially other staff members.

Tenure

  • It is anticipated that board members will serve a three year term with possibility of renewal, but shorter tenure is possible.

What’s in it for you?

  • Bricks is a young, creative organisation with a fresh vision for how arts can operate in Bristol. of Bristol as a whole.

  • You will be playing an instrumental role in creating opportunities for the communities of Old Market, Newtown and St Judes and the artists and audiences of Bristol.

  • You will be sitting on a board of people with a shared mission to make a difference in their community.

  • We will respect your time and value your contribution to us.

  • This is a voluntary position but out of pocket travel expenses can be claimed back.

Application

To apply please send a CV and expression of interest highlighting what skills and attributes you can bring to the role. You should demonstrate your relevant experience as well as your reasons for wishing to become a Trustee of Bricks. If you are interested in being considered for the Treasurer roles please indicate this.

Applications should be emailed to Jack Gibbon on jack@bricksbristol.org with subject line ‘Board Recruitment’. We will host a two-way interview for shortlisted board members (via video chat, telephone or in person) before a decision is reached.