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London Manager – Relationships and Communications, Part Time, FTC April -November 2024

We are currently recruiting for a Manager – Relationships and Communications to join CVAN London.

The successful candidate will be an experienced arts professional with excellent knowledge, passion and understanding of London’s contemporary visual arts. This role is instrumental to the planning, implementation and delivery of membership development and creative campaigns. We are seeking candidates with experience of project management and delivery, stakeholder engagement, and communications in order to deliver our 2024 programme. We are looking for a trusted manager; a warm, confident and creative communicator; experienced at developing and managing relationships at all levels and have a successful track record in high quality delivery. The role requires the ability to hit the ground running with proven experience in communications in a relevant sector, and a proactive, enthusiastic approach. A good working knowledge of the visual arts, policy and equality is highly desirable.

Responsible to: Chair| Director Jo Townshend and CVAN London Steering Group

Responsible for: Relationships and communications

Salary: £33,800 pro rata to 2 days, part-time, fixed term contract [April/May 2024 – November/December 2024], with potential for extension subject to funding. This role is funded by Arts Council England

Base: Metroland Studios, Kilburn

Requirements: Ability to travel in London

Internal and external relationships: CVAN London membership – arts organisations, galleries, studios, artists and arts workers. The post holder will be responsible for external relationships that include – new and existing members, regional and national CVAN colleagues, partner organisations, local authorities, national bodies, Arts Council England, government departments and others.

Closing Date for applications: 23:59 22nd March 2024

Start date: April/May 2024

Key Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Critical to success in this role will be strong organisational, interpersonal and project management skills, and the ability to work closely and collaboratively with colleagues across the network, its members and affiliates.
  • Work closely with the Chair-Director to facilitate and delivering the network programme and media coverage across a range of online platforms.
  • Develop and deliver a communications plan that will include a regular newsletter, website content and social media posts to support and enhance the visibility of CVAN London and the visual arts
  • Project management and administration of programme events, including monthly members meetings, the AREVA Writers Room, Creative Learning hub, Climate Adaptation and Data Matters series, and other events.
  • Identify, engage and support relationships with artists, gallery and studio directors, regional and national CVAN Manager and Chairs, colleagues from Arts Council England, plus journalists and influencers across the media space.
  • Take a share in all aspects of network administrative processes and reporting.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience


  • A solid background and experience of successfully managing relationships with national, local, and specialist groups across the visual arts and a diverse range of outlets and platforms
  • Ability to develop membership and access to the network resources and activity
  • Excellent writing, reporting and evaluation skills
  • Experience of website management and content creation across web and social media platforms
  • A team player, committed to delivering on objectives with the ability to multi-task and juggle competing priorities in busy periods.
  • Ability to work independently and use own initiative.
  • Commitment to CVAN London’s AREVA (anti-racist and equitable visual arts) principles.


  • An interest in policy, arts education, sustainability and equality.

Hours of Work & Location

This is a part time position with the contractual hours of work over 2 days however, you may occasionally be required to work additional hours to meet the demands of the role. This is a fixed term contract until the end of November 2024. There may be an option to extend this contract, pending successful funding applications.

The main working location for this role will be on site at Metroland Studios, Kilburn. During project delivery, travel to partner sites may be necessary. Core working hours are 10am – 5:30pm.

About CVAN London

CVAN London is a free-to-access research-led, sector support and advocacy network for artists, arts professionals, art galleries, arts organisations, studios and art schools across London. CVAN London is an independent network, moving residence across the city, funded by Arts Council England. Our work is underpinned by AREVA (anti-racist and equitable visual arts) principles and our commitment to a fair and equitable sector. Originally based at UCL, CVAN London works with multidisciplinary research to develop ways to sustainably care for our people, places, & environment and evidence the value of the arts.

We work nationally as part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) to collectively realise a stronger, more resilient visual arts sector for artists, arts organisations, and audiences. CVAN advocates for our regional arts institutions, spaces, and artists – working towards a sustainable future for all.

CVAN is part of the Visual Arts Alliance, a collective of visual arts networks from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. CVAN is part of the All Party Parliamentary Group Visual Arts

Steering Group

CVAN London’s Director is supported by a Steering Group, made up of creative professionals and practitioners from Higher Education, Galleries, Studios and DCMS. The Steering Group members act as advisors and advocates who bring their knowledge, experiences and skills to inform and champion the work of the London network.

Please see Job Description and Person Specification documents for further information and how to apply.

We welcome applications before the deadline of 23:59 22nd March 2024

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