Court House Director

Open House Festival

 Senior Appointments
Lead the team at our new venue in the former Court House on Bangor seafront, to deliver a year round programme of outstanding music and arts.

Open House is a small independent charity that aims to transform people and places through arts and cultural activity. Founded in 1999 in Belfast’s emerging Cathedral Quarter, it moved in 2013 to the seaside town of Bangor, 14 miles along the coast from Belfast, where it now works to revitalise this once thriving seaside town. We are now undertaking our greatest challenge to date with the transformation of the former Court House on Bangor seafront to create a new venue. This fully restored listed building will be a small but busy venue with several performance spaces, hosting a year round programme of music, comedy, art, film, theatre, spoken word, and food & drink events that will develop the cultural life of the town and help drive the regeneration of our seafront.

We are looking for an exceptional individual to lead the Court House team with flair and vision, to deliver an exceptional year-round programme of events and develop an outstanding reputation for our new venue.

This will be a busy and fast paced role covering strategic planning, building management, audience development, fundraising, staff management, financial sustainability and day-to-day operations. Your aim will be to balance the preservation of this heritage building with the aspiration to increase access; and the need for income generation and business sustainability against the delivery of a cutting-edge artistic programme. It will be your job to create a culture that balances an efficient and safe working environment with a friendly, welcoming, community atmosphere.

You will work as part of the Open House Senior Management Team, reporting directly to the Open House Director on strategic and major decisions.

This role requires a minimum three years’ experience leading and managing an arts organisation, venue or project – or a division within a larger arts organisation – of a similar scale and complexity to the Court House, with demonstrable success. It requires strong leadership skills, experience of income generation, and the ability to think strategically.

Closing Date

Wednesday / 01 June 2022 5:00pm

Contact Details

Alison Gordon

Open House Festival Ltd

The Court House
16 Quay Street
BT20 5ED

More Information

If you would like to discuss this role in confidence please email Alison


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