Art Asia, Southampton.


Art Asia, an Arts Council England NPO (national portfolio organisation), is looking for a dynamic Chief Executive to shape the organisation at an exciting time not only for the company but also for the city of Southampton.

This demanding and rewarding role is built on a successful 37 year history and as the new Chief Executive you will bring your experience, creativity and vibrancy to strategically lead the organisation.

Art Asia has been awarded a further 4 years of NPO funding (2018-2022) to support its business plan and high quality artistic programme which includes, the Southampton Mela Festival, concerts, new commissions and an outreach and education programme. As the Chief Executive you will oversee the management of the organisation and motivate and inspire others with Art Asia’s mission ‘to communicate the rich and exciting experience of South Asian Arts to the widest possible audience’.

Southampton is building its reputation as a cultural city, activity seeking collaborations, partnerships and opportunities to showcase and connect the City’s diverse arts and culture offer. Art Asia is very much rooted in Southampton’s cultural vision and the Chief Executive will bring strong interpersonal and entrepreneurial skills to seek and pursue new opportunities and partnerships including new funding streams.

As the Chief Executive you will have a proven track record of relevant experience in arts management, fundraising experience and strong leadership skills with the ability to lead, inspire, motivate, develop and support others.

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Salary range: £32,000 – £35,000 per annum.

This is a Full-time position working out of the Southampton Office.  Benefits include 25 days’ paid annual leave (rising to 28 days after 5 years’ continuous service) and designated bank holidays and contributory membership of the NEST pension scheme.

Support for relocation will be considered for the right candidate.

Responsible to: Board of Directors

Responsible for: The Artistic Associate, freelance tutors & artists and freelance Marketing and Administrative staff

Applications should be submitted no later than 5.00pm on Monday 25 June 2018 by completing and sending in the Application form available on our website. Information about the organisation and this vacancy is also available on our website:

Application Form Art Asia Chief Executive

Chief Executive Job Description

Art Asia Chief Executive Person specification

Chief Executive post Candidate pack


If you have any questions or would like to arrange an informal chat – please email including a contact number,

Applicants should note that, if shortlisted for interview, they would be expected to be available for an interview in Southampton on Monday 30 July 2018 and on Monday 07 Aug 2018 if a second interview is deemed necessary.

Applicants invited for interviews are expected to attend and experience the Southampton Mela on 14 July 2018.