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Board member opportunity at Wasps Studios

The Wasps Group Board is looking to make a number of appointments and would welcome applications from those with an interest in supporting the arts and creative industries across Scotland. In particular, we would welcome applications from those with a background in, but not restricted to, enterprise, education, arts or marketing to join us and contribute to our continued development as an organisation.

The Wasps group is made up of three entities: The Wasps Trust, Wasps Limited and Wasps Creative Industries CIC. 

Wasps has a 40 year track record of supporting the arts community in Scotland and the organisation has  grown to become one of the UK’s largest studio providers. Wasps currently houses 800 visual artists, 35 arts charities and 33 creative businesses at 18 sites from the Scottish Borders to the Shetland Islands. Their work in turn touches the lives of thousands of people across Scotland and beyond. 

As an organisation Wasps is financially self-sufficient for our core operations. We apply for external capital and revenue funding for any new activity, including our capital development programme and arts enterprise activities. To date we have raised c.£28 million to invest in buildings for creative use across Scotland. We now own approximately two thirds of our property portfolio. 

In addition, our activities support the regeneration of many deprived communities across Scotland. We have redeveloped many redundant, historic buildings into beautiful facilities for artists and creative industries, improving the physical appearance and economy of the communities in which they are located. 

Our plans for the future are exciting! We are currently on site in the Highlands with Phase 1 of Inverness Creative Academy and will be on site in summer 2018 with the Perth Creative Exchange. These projects will deliver over 60 new studios for artists in these locations. We also have a programme of property upgrades and energy efficiency initiatives planned over the coming years as part of our recently completed Business Plan for 2018-23. 

We are currently fundraising for Inverness Creative Academy Phase 2, valued at £3.6m, with a Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Funding application now under preparation. 

Wasps also delivers a range of arts enterprise activity from professional development programmes, to exhibition, workshop and residencies opportunities for our creative tenants, delivered across our nine galleries and four residency spaces. 

A joint Board of Trustees/Directors sets the strategy for the Group. The Board currently consists of 11 Trustees/Non-executive Directors with members drawn from a variety of backgrounds including property, arts, law and finance.

A head office staff of 13 manages the group on a day to day basis and are led by 2 Executive Directors, who are also Trustees and Directors. 

Wasps Trust was formed in 1993 to create a portfolio of property assets, owned in trust for the Scottish arts community and operated for the benefit of current and future generations of artists and the wider public in Scotland. Wasps Limited rents out the space created by Wasps Trust, at affordable rents, to a variety of artists, arts charities and creative industries allowing them to experiment with artistic ideas, create artwork and engage with the wider public. Wasps Limited also runs an artistic programme including open studios, residencies and exhibitions in partnership with a variety of artists, arts organisations and cultural agencies from Scotland and beyond. Wasps Creative Industries CIC has helped develop commercial workspace within the group and any profits have been reinvested in Wasps Limited.

Commitment

The Wasps Board meets 4 times a year in March, June, September and December. Board members are also expected to serve on 1 of 3 sub-committees – Projects & Property, Finance & Resources and Arts Enterprise.

The majority of meetings are held at the head office at The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, Glasgow, G1 5HZ and are usually scheduled to run from 5pm to 7pm. 

Submissions

To apply please send a copy of your CV along with a covering letter outlining why you consider yourself suitable to join the Board and what relevant experience and skills you can bring to it. 

Applications should be submitted by no later than 5pm on Friday 27 July 2018, by email to: Stuart McCue-Dick (Executive Director – Corporate Services) – stuart@waspsstudios.org.uk

Submissions should be titled: Private and Confidential – Board Member Application

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