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Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Archived: Director, Blackheath Halls

Salary: £42,908 – £50,508 (including LWA)

Contract: Full-time, permanent

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance is seeking a dynamic, creative and forward-thinking Director to lead and re-launch Blackheath Halls following major refurbishment and restoration works. Delivering a reinvigorated programme that fulfils our vision for a community venue with a cutting edge arts offer, we are looking for an experienced leader with the drive and creative flair to engage the diverse audiences of South East London that we serve, while reflecting the high standards of artistic practice, creativity and innovation that we stand for as an institution.

Built in 1895 by William Webster, Blackheath Halls is part of the oldest surviving purpose built cultural complex in London. The current programme includes classical music, folk, comedy nights, talks, literary events, exhibitions and children’s theatre as well as a community engagement programme that includes the critically acclaimed ‘Opera for All’ initiative. Regular commercial hire activity, including rehearsals and recordings by professional performing ensembles, weddings and other social events are also a regular feature of activity in the Halls. And, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, these activities sit alongside the Halls’ role as a primary performance and rehearsal venue for Trinity Laban students.

As Director, you will be an inspiring artistic leader and an excellent manager, able to ensure the smooth running of the Halls and lead the staff team through a time of change.  You will care passionately about the audience experience and instil a culture of excellent customer care. You will build the profile of the Halls in its immediate vicinity, and further afield, establishing partnerships that support the development of commercial opportunities as well as ambitious artistic programming. Most importantly, you will have extensive knowledge of arts programming and audience development in the UK and beyond, and the programming skills to put Blackheath Halls on the map.

You will have extensive and proven track record of leadership (including team, budget and project management) within an arts venue as well as outstanding communication, interpersonal and people-management skills. Thriving on a busy and varied workload within a highly creative environment, you will be committed to developing new audiences for the arts. On a day-to-day basis as Director you will be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the Halls. In addition to a strong customer service ethic, you will be able to demonstrate experience of identifying and cultivating new partnerships, attracting supporters and cultivating a strong donor base, and maintaining strong relationships with key individuals and organisations. Experience of work with volunteers, community organisations and/or higher education environments would be an advantage.

As a leading arts organisation, Trinity Laban actively supports Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Diversity. In seeking a leader for our South East London venue, we are particularly keen to encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and those with experience of engaging diverse communities and artists.

You can download a job pack and application form from and for any queries you can contact Chloe Roper on 02083054382 or email

To apply for this position, please send your completed application form to the email address

Closing date: 6 February 2017 12 Noon (no agencies)

Interviews: 15 &/or 16 February 2017                    

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is committed to equal opportunities and diversity.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales Company No. 51090. Registered Charity No. 309998.