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Recruitment Q & A

This is a dedicated Q&A section on the website for questions about the Director (New Art West Midlands) role and the DASH Curator role.
We will update the content in response to incoming questions.

If you have any questions about these positions, please email:

Please include the position you are applying for in the subject header of your email.

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Questions Asked:

Q: In terms of access requirements, the information that you said you will send is already filling a lot of my needs however, please could you send information on the dress code for the interviews with visual examples.​​​​​​​

A: We do not have a dress code at DASH, we are happy wearing jumpers/t-shirts and jeans, and sometimes a smart dress or jacket might make us feel good.

We want you to be happy, comfortable and relaxed if you are called for interview.

The link to this DASH blog post will give you an example of how we dress when we have a team meeting.

​​​​​​​​​​​​Q: Candidates have the option of submitting the second part of their application in writing, by film / audio (noted re. max 7 mins) or by collage, and I wanted to ask if there is a preference from your side, as recruiters?

A: We do not have a preference. We want you to be able to express yourself in whichever way is most accessible for you.

​​​​​​​Q: Where will the fortnightly DASH team meetings take place?

A: The NAWM Director and DASH Curator will be expected to meet in person once a fortnight, which involves travelling to the Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, B1 2HS, where our team meetings take place. The closest train stations are Birmingham New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street, which are all a 20-25 min walk.
For more info on how to get to the Ikon Gallery visit the website.

Q: For my CV, is it OK to include more information about my relevant experience?

A: Of course! It's absolutely fine to include more information about your relevant experience on your CV. In fact, providing details about your past roles, projects and achievements is your opportunity to showcase your strengths and experiences. Feel free to highlight the aspects that are most relevant to the person specification. Just be mindful to keep it concise and limit your CV to no more than 3 pages to ensure it's easy to read and doesn't overwhelm the readers. If you have any further questions or need assistance with formatting or content, please don't hesitate to ask!

Q: Is the second part of the application (proposal) about responding to the questions asked?

A: Yes, as well as a written CV, we are asking applicants to respond to three questions. You can answer those questions using one of these formats:

  • A written proposal (max. 1000 words)
  • A film (max. 7 mins)
  • An audio recording (max. 7 mins)
  • A visual collage or drawing*

*Please email a digital photo of your collage/drawing or WeTransfer your audio recording or film. We are unable to accept submissions in the post.

Q: If I make it to second interview stage, is there chance to discuss how the presentation takes shape?

A: DASH will provide Interviewee Info packs with clear instructions to help candidates feel comfortable and prepared, minimising unexpected elements during the interview process. The packs will include details about the interview panel members, and we will offer technical support (both online and in-person) such as: testing audio/video/internet, helping you set up and doing a presentation run through (if needed).

Q: Could you please clarify if the curator role is open to individuals with dyslexia?

A: This role welcomes individuals with dyslexia, as well as those from protected characteristic backgrounds who have encountered barriers and discrimination that has hindered their ability to realise their full potential in employment.

DASH defines neurodivergent individuals as those who have neurological differences that may affect the way they process information, interact with others or navigate the world. This includes conditions such as: autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, dyspraxia, Tourette syndrome, and other neurodevelopmental conditions.​​​​​​​

Thank you and Good Luck!