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Director, Liverpool Biennial

Director, Liverpool Biennial

Founded in 1998, Liverpool Biennial – the UK’s contemporary art biennial, has commissioned over 340 new artworks and presented work by more than 480 artists from around the world. It is underpinned by a year-round programme of research, education, residencies and commissions. The last year has shown the Biennial to be an agile and resilient organisation and we are now seeking an experienced and confident new Director to provide inspirational and visible leadership through still changing times. 

As Director, you will have a compelling vision to inspire, move and challenge audiences locally, nationally and internationally, along with excellent people management skills to nurture a fast paced, high-performing, innovative and supportive working culture.

With an expert knowledge of international contemporary art, you will have a proven track record of directing national and international projects with multiple artists, curating exhibitions, commissioning public art works, and increasing public engagement whilst sustaining integrated learning and community programmes. You will be commercially astute with an energetic and entrepreneurial attitude, supported by personal integrity and emotional intelligence. You will also have extensive, well-developed networks, plus the ability to think and act ahead of the curve.

Advocacy and diplomatic skills are essential as is a collaborative nature, and considerable experience of public speaking, fundraising and partnership, regionally and internationally.

Diversity and inclusion are core values at Liverpool Biennial. We welcome applications from all sectors of the community, including applications from people of colour, Black, Asian and minority non-white groups, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, people who identify as being LGBTQIA+ and others of any age who demonstrate the ability to contribute to our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

This is a permanent, full-time role and it is a condition of employment that the Director lives and works in the Liverpool area.

Please visit to download the full candidate information pack, or email to request further details.

Applications should be made by e-mail to: no later than 9am on Wednesday 17 March 2021.