The Board of Siobhan Davies Studios is looking for an experienced Artistic Director/s to lead the organisation through a period of change and into the future.

Where: London, UK

When: The recruitment timeline can be found in the Application Pack.

Deadline for applications: The deadline to submit your Expression of Interest is 12 noon Monday 16 March. 2020

We are seeking a new Artistic Director/s to extend the legacy of Siobhan Davies’s pioneering work into an organisation fit for the future of dance and choreographic practice. Siobhan Davies Studios is rooted in a community of creators and audiences who use the platform we provide as a facilitator of experimentation and collaboration. Our studios offer an environment that fosters investigation and creation, enabling the pursuit of our ambition to raise the national profile of experimental work by independent artists working at the cutting edge of dance and choreography.
This is a dynamic time for Siobhan Davies Studios both artistically and organisationally. In conversation with artists in the dance sector, we have had an opportunity to reflect on current practice and plan a future in which we can meet changing needs. We are proposing a future that makes the most of our resources. We want our building, funds and staff capacity to respond flexibly to the needs of a diverse community of artists pushing the boundaries of dance and choreography. This will involve a shift producing and programming toward a more flexible approach that provides resource in support of artists. This change arises from Siobhan Davies’s desire to hand on leadership of the organisation and ensure a strong future, bringing the wealth of independent dance practice to audiences.

In the current political and economic context of increasing challenge and rapid change, a clear approach is essential. We believe that the resources of choreography are invaluable in navigating this moment, and want leaders with the skills, experience and networks to identify and address the important work being done in the UK dance sector today.

We seek to ambitiously reimagine the way we work by deepening and expanding the role of artists in the leadership of the organisation, providing more agency to the artists that we work with. The Artistic Director/s will bring expertise and enthusiasm to make the most of this exciting moment for our audiences, artists and stakeholders.

We want to hear from creative practitioners, either working alone or in partnership, who are excited to be part of the evolution of our organisation in a rapidly changing environment. The organisation is prepared to work flexibly with practicing artists ensuring they are able to continue making their own work if that is their ambition. We aim to recruit the new artistic leadership in time for them and the Executive Director to prepare the Arts Council England National Portfolio application for the years 2022-2026.

To apply for this vacancy, please send your CV along with an Expression of Interest letter (no more than 2 pages A4) outlining how our Purposes (pg 4) relate them to you and your career or artistic practice, and how they would inform your leadership of the organisation.

Please send your CV and Expression of Interest letter to alexn@siobhandavies.com with ‘AD 2020’ and your name in the subject line.

As part of our mission to reduce our carbon footprint, digital communication is preferred. However, if this is not possible, please send your CV and expression of interest letter in a clearly marked envelope with the reference ‘AD 2020’ to Siobhan Davies Studios, 85 St. Georges Road, London, SE1 6ER

Contact details: If you would like to have an informal conversation about the role with Damaris McDonald, Executive Director; Lauren Wright, Programme Director or Emma Gladstone, Chair; please contact alexn@siobhandavies.com to arrange a call.

For further information, please visit https://www.siobhandavies.com/vacancies/

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