Arts Advisory Group Member
Country / Territory
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Job Category
Pay Band
Vacancy Description
Member, Arts Advisory Group UK Arts Strategic Business Unit Pay band: Unremunerated but reasonable travel and expenses reimbursed Requirements: Candidates must have the right to work in the UK Closing Date: 13th January 2019 Interviews will likely be held in January

Please note that in December 2020, the British Council, London will relocate its new global headquarters to: International Quarter, Stratford, London E20.


About us

Since 1934, the British Council has existed to create a basis of friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and the wider world. Our work in the arts has been central to this mission for more than 80 years, seeking to find new ways of connecting with and understanding each other through creativity.


Our work in arts creates new relationships between artists, organisations and audiences to develop stronger creative sectors around the world. We help artists to break new ground, support creativity and innovation, increase capacity by building skills to support livelihoods and cultural enterprise, extend safe spaces for creative exchange and contribute to research and policy.


Our work in the arts has grown substantially over the last five years. We operate in over 100 countries around the world, across eight art forms covering the full breadth of UK creative industries. In 2016–17 our work in the arts reached 15.5 million people face-to-face and a further 198 million people online and through the media.


The ambition for our programme has also grown. By 2021 it is our aim to have increased the number of cultural connections between the UK and the world, doubling the scale of international activity of the UK culture sector. To achieve this our programme will span five key pillars:


Sharing UK arts with the world – introducing audiences around the world to the best of UK creativity and creating new opportunities for artists and organisations to work internationally. We will also support reciprocal work into the UK.


Fostering collaboration and networks - supporting creative people to collaborate and experiment with new ideas and developing sustainable ways of working for long-term prosperity.


Arts for social change - extending safe spaces for culture, creative exploration and exchange; building trust, enabling dialogue and presenting marginalised voices; and supporting the protection of cultural heritage and expression of cultural identities.


Capacity building - strengthening the arts sector worldwide by developing its capacity to innovate, reach new audiences and develop skills.


Policy and research - shaping cultural policy and sharing research with the cultural sector in the UK and overseas.


Our full set of our 2021 ambitions and how we plan to achieve them can be found in our refreshed strategy for the arts here.


There are four Sector Advisory Groups - for Arts and Creative Economy, Education, Society and the English Language. These report to the British Council’s Executive Board.



The opportunity

The role of the Group, Chaired by John Newbigin OBE, is to advise and bring fresh insights to the Arts leadership team to influence the development of the British Council’s vision and strategy. As a member, you will contribute to fulfil the Group’s purpose and objectives as outlined in the Terms of Reference.

Please Note - We are now running arts & disability programmes in all of our regions and we really want to have an advisory board that can support that work.  In that regard, we would very much welcome interest from D/deaf and disabled candidates who are interested in contributing to our purpose and objectives.


Terms and Conditions

Members are appointed for a three year term with an option to renew for an additional three.   The role is not remunerated but reasonable travel and expenses will be reimbursed at standard British Council rates. Candidates must have the right to work in the UK.


Key focus areas of the post include

·       Participating in Group meetings, normally three a year

·       Contributing to fulfil the Group’s purpose and objectives as outlined in the Terms of Reference

·       Advising on the Arts Strategic Business Unit strategy

·       Acting as advocates for the British Council’s work

·       Keeping the British Council abreast of major developments in the Arts

·       Serving as a channel of professional advice within his/her own area of expertise

·       Identifying new opportunities and new trends

·       Creating links between the British Council and the communities within the Arts for whom our work has particular relevance


What we require of the successful candidate


·       Commitment to the mission of the British Council to promote a ‘friendly knowledge and understanding’ between the people of the UK and wider world

·       Significant recent experience in the Arts at senior leadership level

·       Good team working skills



·       Experience and expertise in international cultural relations

·       Understanding and knowledge of one or more of the main geographical regions in which the British Council works

If you would like to understand more about this post then please see the documents below:

Role Profile - AAG Member.docx
AAG Terms of Reference.docx


Further details

If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you. Please apply by sending a copy of your CV and a covering letter to by 13th January 2019.


Our equality commitment

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.