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DASH seeks new Artistic Director/CEO

Following the retirement of our previous Artistic Director after 21 years, and buoyed by our recent Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation funding and additional uplift, DASH are now seeking to recruit a new Artistic Director/CEO.

As a Disabled-led organisation we are especially keen to receive applications from those who identify as Disabled, d/Deaf and neurodivergent.

Please download the job pack using the link at the bottom of the page.

The pack includes:

  • Information about DASH
  • The Artistic Director/CEO role description
  • Information about the sort of person we are looking for (person specification)
  • Details on how to apply

You can also view our BSL interpreted recruitment film.

The deadline for applications is 10am Monday 16 January 2023

First interviews will take place on Monday 30 January 2023 (via Zoom)​​​​​​​

Second interviews will take place via Zoom on Monday 6 February 2023 (in person, in Birmingham - venue to be decided.)

Please contact Craig Ashley - DASH Chair of Trustees, with any questions regarding the role or the application process (clicking on the link opens a new email template).

We are dedicated to making the application process as accessible as possible.
Please contact us with any feedback or suggestions you may have.


Artistic Director / Chief Executive Officer​​​​​​​

West Midlands (with national remit)

£42,000 - £48,000 (per annum)

Closing Date: 16 January 2023 (10am)​​​​​​​

DASH seeks a new Artistic Director/CEO to take on the artistic and strategic leadership of the organisation, as we continue our essential work to create space for Disabled / d/Deaf / Neurodivergent people in the visual arts.

This is a sector-leading role for Disability at the national level, focussed on excellence and supported through increased investment from Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation for 2023-26.

We are looking for inspiring and nurturing leadership, with the vision to help build a more radically accessible and inclusive sector.

This role is central to the organisation’s development, building upon our track record to support Disabled people in creative practice at all stages, from aspiring artists to sector leaders.

With an in-depth understanding of Disability arts and culture, the successful candidate(s) will be an active voice within prominent national and regional visual arts networks working to effect change.

The successful candidate(s) will have the confidence to question what Disability visual arts looks like today, creating powerful collaborations with artists and organisations to influence the future.

The Social Model of Disability is the foundation stone of DASH. As a Disabled-led organisation, we strongly encourage applications from those with direct or personal experience of Disability.

We want to hear from candidates with relevant artistic experience and practice of working within a Disability-related context.

How to apply: a job pack with job description and person specification can be downloaded below.

There are several ways you can submit an application:

· Send a CV and covering letter (no more than two pages) addressed to Craig Ashley (Chair of Trustees). Applications should be sent by email to chair@dasharts.org with “DASH Artistic Director/CEO” as the email subject.

· We are also accepting proposals in video / audio format and BSL – please send a film / audio file no longer than 15 minutes via WeTransfer to chair@dasharts.org​​​​​​​

The deadline for applications is Monday 16 January 2023 at 10am.

First interviews will be held on Monday 30 January 2023 (via Zoom).

Second interviews will be held on Monday 6 February 2023 (in person, in Birmingham).

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