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Artist Leads, Open Call, The Royal Standard

The Royal Standard (TRS) is looking for Artist Leads to join our team in an exciting new stage of development for our artist-led organisation.

Founded in 2006, TRS has thrived on the hard work and dedication of our community of artists, curators and volunteers, helping establish us as one of the oldest and largest artist-led gallery and studios regionally, with both national and international recognition.

Our team of between 4-6 voluntary Artist Leads, are responsible for the day-to-day operations of a thriving studio, gallery and public programme, currently housing a community of over 40 artists. As well as running the organisation in the present, the Artist Leads also help to shape the future of TRS for all.

This is an excellent role for artists, curators and professionals a few years into their career. It provides an opportunity for personal development and self-learning, all whilst being supported in professional development by the Board of Trustees, and connecting with and contributing to Liverpool’s cultural landscape.

TRS has acted as a platform for artists and creatives to excel within their careers in the creative industries. Our alumni include James Harper (Programme Manager, Liverpool Biennial), Charlotte Horn (Senior Exhibitions Producer, FACT), Paul Luckraft (Curator, Modern Art Oxford), Laura Robertson (Founder, The Double Negative), and artists such as Frances Disley-Evans, Emily Speed and Rene MatiC.

We ask for Artist Leads to contribute the equivalent of two days per week towards the role, and there is the option to do the role for either one or two years.

The key elements of the role include:

Programme planning, delivery and operations

Ensuring we plan and deliver a coherent and exciting programme of exhibition and events. From painting gallery walls to liaising with artists you will see how exhibitions are made from start to finish.

Marketing, communications and digital

Helping to build and grow the TRS brand and image. Ensuring our studios attract the most interesting artists from the region and that our exhibitions bring in large and varied audiences.

Studio and operational management

Making sure the studios are a not just a place people go to work but a community of interconnected artists with you at the heart. The organisation runs on studio rentals so ensuring this part of the business is working correctly is the most essential part of the puzzle.

Fundraising and development

TRS has over the course of the last two decades established itself as an integral part of art landscape in the North West but it is up to the Artist Leads to explore opportunities to grow our organisation and connections, regionally, nationally and internationally.


We understand you might not have all of these, but we welcome all skills that can help TRS to succeed:

· Knowledge and interest in contemporary art

· At least 3 years’ work experience

· Experience in planning and delivering exhibitions and related events.

· Flexibility in responding to the demands of the role, including the willingness to work evenings/weekends

· Ability to problem solve and think creatively when in a demanding situation.

· Dedication to the growth and development of the broader Liverpool arts community.

· Experience of fundraising and budgeting for projects.

· A proactive, creative and collaborative working approach.

· Excellent communication skills, both in-person and written.

We are committed to ensuring our team represents a diverse mix of skills and abilities, and is representative of the broader artistic community of the city. We seek applications from people from all backgrounds and experiences, and actively encourage applications from Global Ethnic majority applicants.


Please send the following documents to info@the-royal-standard.co.uk, with the subject ‘Artist Lead Application’:

A CV outlining your relevant experience

A brief statement of how you may be suited to the role, what you could offer to our team and community, and any particular area of operation you might be interested in (400 words max.)

DEADLINE: Midnight Sunday 28th April

Discussions with prospective candidates will take place in Mid-May.

If there is anything we can do to make this role more accessible and meet specific needs, please let us know, as we are always open for input and making positive change. If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role with one of our Trustees or have any questions, please contact us via info@the-royal-standard.co.uk.