Vacancy: Artspace Lifespace Trustees

We are now seeking new trustees who can help to facilitate the charity moving forward.

Desired Skills / Experience

  • Knowledge of heritage buildings
  • Fundraising
  • Business development
  • IT
  • Inclusion
  • Managing exhibition and performance spaces
  • Working with a wide variety of artists and nurturing their ambitions,
  • Visual Arts
  • We particularly welcome applications from female, BAME and applicants with disabilities as these are underrepresented within our organisation at present.

 The Role of Trustees

Trustees take ultimate responsibility for the work that the organisation does, and the way in which it spends money raised by the charity through income and donations to achieve its aims. The Trustee’s are responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation, agreeing plans and budgets, and holding the Company Manager to account for the delivery of the plans.

It has a legal dimension too, with Trustees legally responsible for ensuring that the organisation operates to standards set by parliament and the Charity Commission.


The full board meets every two months; there may be other company meetings, the project leads meet quarterly which you are welcome to attend or meeting at other intervals; and staff may seek to consult with you on your particular expertise. You may be asked to represent Artspace Lifespace at outside meetings, attend our project launches or key events such as Doors Open Day or work alongside staff at events and receptions. The time commitment to the charity is approximately 90 hours per annum.

Key Responsibilities

With other Trustees to hold Artspace Lifespace ‘in trust’ by

  • Ensuring that Artspace Lifespace has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction, and is focused on achieving these
  • Ensuring that Artspace Lifespace complies with all legal and regulatory requirements
  • Acting as guardians of our assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application
  • Ensuring that Artspace Lifespace governance and performance is of the highest possible standard
  • To work in partnership with other trustees, the Company Manager and other senior staff


  1. To agree the vision, mission and strategic plan for the charity
  2. To ensure that the operational plan and budget reflect the agreed strategic direction and are appropriate
  3. To agree the measures for objectively monitoring the progress of the charity towards its strategic goals
  4. To monitor the achievement of Artspace Lifespace against the key measures from the operational plan and budget
  5. To hold the Company Manager accountable for the achievement of the organisations goals, and provide them with regular, constructive feedback on both management and overall achievement
  6. To agree the charity policies and ensure that they will assist in the achievement of the strategic and operational plans
  7. To ensure that the charity has satisfactory financial control systems and procedures, and to review the level of risk annually
  8. To safeguard the charity’s reputation and other intangible assets
  9. To reflect annually on the Board’s performance and your own performance as a trustee and participate in the AGM.


  1. To participate in an annual strategic planning workshop
  2. To attend trustee meetings (every two months), read relevant papers and be prepared to make a contribution
  3. To support the staff when requested, sharing expertise, as a member of a working group or in other appropriate ways
  4. To be prepared to act as a spokesperson for Artspace Lifespace when asked by the Company Manager, and to work within an agreed brief
  5. To attend events as an ambassador for Artspace Lifespace, to network and promote the work of the organisation
  6. To assist with fundraising by speaking, networking and otherwise seeking donations in conjunction with staff and volunteers as appropriate

How to Apply:

Please send a CV and covering letter stating why you are interested in applying for the role, how your skills and experience are relevant to the role, how you can add value to the board and any other relevant information. Email:

Or phone 07828 949387 for an informal chat to find out more (Mon-Wed only)

Post:                             DUTY MANAGER

Grade:                            £9.00ph

Reports to:                  Centre Manager

Hours of Work:              7pm – 10pm.  3 or 4 nights per fortnight on rotation with other staff members. Includes weekend work, additional hours as required, flexibility important.

Location:                       The Island, Nelson street, Bristol, BS1 2LE

Type of Contract:          Zero hours


To set up and maintain all facilities for bookings and offer excellent customer service to all space users.


  1. Maintaining the general cleanliness of the site.
  2. Provide support to people using the building in the evening, report to the Centre Manager with any issues.
  3. Ensuring rooms are prepared and presentable for use.
  4. Removing all rubbish and recycling to the designated bins.
  5. Noting repair and maintenance requirements.
  6. Ordering cleaning supplies.
  7. Closing main doors, securing site, and locking up spaces at the end of final classes.
  8. Out of hours keyholder and second point of contact in emergencies.



  1. Health & Safety basic knowledge
  2. Basic understanding of building maintenance requirements
  3. Confidence in communicating with external contractors
  4. The ability to work within a team
  5. Relate well to others and maintain professional relationships
  6. Key Holding experience
  7. Cleaning Experience
  8. Ordering of materials and stock control
  9. The ability to formulate and follow a planned maintenance programme
  10. Use of Google calendar essential, ability to organise own workload


  1. First Aid qualification
  2. Fire Warden experience

All staff are required to work within The Island’s equal opportunity policy.

This job description is not comprehensive, and duties may change and develop according to future requirements.

To Apply: please send your CV to

About the Organisation:

Artspace Lifespace is a Registered Charity (No: 1168150) that recycles vacant, under-used and problem properties into thriving creative resources. We work in partnership with artists, building owners, property developers, local communities and organisations to secure and re-cycle interesting, unusual and often difficult buildings as vibrant multi-use art venues. We also act as an advisory body for artists and groups interested in taking on empty properties and turning them into creative hubs.

ASLS is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons from all sections of the community. The successful job candidate will be chosen by merit, not because they have a protected characteristic however we particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within our organisation.