Art Gene’s Extreme Views at Duddon Estuary, 2019, photo Anna Litchfield


We’re recruiting

Futures Business Development Associate


£35,000 per annum

3% employers pension contribution

3-year full time fixed term contract (with potential to extend)

Flexible and home working

Based at Art Gene, Bath Street, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria LA14 5TY


Barrow Borough is the No.1 Borough in England for the number and quality its natural heritage assets.

Royal Society of Arts and Industry – Heritage index, 2015 & 2016 & 2017


Art Gene are seeking a Futures Business Development Associate, kindly funded by our supporter Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

We’re passionate about engaging communities in their social natural and built environment.

We’re looking for someone with a wealth of experience to offer, who can develop strategic funding streams, business initiatives, and work with a range of associates and partners to achieve our aims. You’ll be an advocate for our work, and contribute towards the charity’s financial future development and sustainability.

Art Gene’s future plans include projects around the Barrow and Furness coast, low carbon technologies, sustainable food production, ‘Un-reserved’ coastal parks and environmental art interventions.

The role is central to Art Gene’s approach to deliver visionary arts projects that are ethical, sustainable and address issues impacting our communities and environment.


Braithwaite Hide, one of two Razzle Dazzle education hides designed and built by Art Gene at South Walney Nature Reserve, photo Maddi Nicholson


Who are you?

You will have leadership experience working in the visual arts and or architecture or environmental sectors, a strategic and creative thinker, with a track record of leading successful fundraising initiatives for arts organisations or charities.

As an advocate for the company, you will have excellent presentation and communication skills, and an active interest in the arts, regeneration and environmental issues. You’ll be committed to ensuring inclusivity and diversity are at the fore of Art Gene’s work.

As part of a small highly creative team, you will bring self-motivation, enthusiasm and a commitment to the mission and values of Art Gene.


One for Sorrow, a non-civic war memorial. Maddi Nicholson & Stuart Bastik at North Walney Nature Reserve, photo Maddi Nicholson


What skills will you have?

Experience of business is essential for this role, including strategic planning and management, with experience of managing budgets, business finance and developing, writing and successfully raising funding through public and private sources.

You’ll be able to engage effectively with a wide range of people, from artists to communities to local government, and work proactively with our partners.

You will have current knowledge of arts and cultural policy, strategies, funding, and local government agendas. Your experience will include managing staff, including freelancers, consultants, and the ability to manage your own work load, work to deadlines and financial targets.

Most of all, you’ll be committed to the aims of Art Gene, helping us to achieve our ambitious work, engaging communities in projects that matter and developing the future financial sustainability of the charity.


Moth trap light installations by Artist in Residence Hannah Brackston, Barra Night Life, photo Maddi Nicholson


I’m interested

Want to know more?

For an informal chat with Maddi Nicholson, Art Gene Artist Founder Director, about the role please email to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Full job description and person specification can be downloaded below.


How to apply

To apply please supply:

  • a full C.V. detailing your employment history, education, qualifications and training
  • a letter of application stating how your knowledge and experience, your skills and abilities will bring added value to Art Gene’s team and the role
  • Equal Opportunities form

Via email to Anna Litchfield, Arts Project Manager

Via post to: Art Gene, Bath Street, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria LA14 5TY

Deadline: 9am Tuesday 31st August 2021

Interviews will be held at Art Gene week commencing 6th September, reflecting all current COVID-19 safe working guidance.







Below: Gull, Taxidermy by Kate Davis part of the Seldom Seen Collection, from the Cabinet of Curiosities, for Piel Island Peoples Museum

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