Join Our Board of Directors

Backwater Artists Group seeks New Board Members

We are seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified candidates, who have a passion and enthusiasm for the arts to join our Board of Directors and support our organisation as we grow and develop, over the coming years. 

We require candidates that have skills and experience in the following areas:  

  • Business Development and Finance 
  • Fundraising 
  • Governance 
  • Strategic Planning  
  • Accountancy 
  • Human Resources  
  • Law  

Candidates should also have a good knowledge of the not-for-profit and Charities Sectors.  

About Backwater Artists Group 

Located in Wandesford Quay in Cork City Centre, Backwater Artists Group is one of the largest and longest established artist-led initiatives in Ireland. We provide high quality affordable studios with security of tenure and access to facilities and developmental support for over 64 visual artists. Since our inception in 1999, we have provided supports for over 500 artists.

We are committed to cultivating a supportive, artist-led environment which encourages and empowers visual artists, enabling them to further their ambitions and produce innovative, ambitious and high quality work.

Our mission is to support and advocate for visual artists, enabling them to thrive at all stages of their careers, and empowering them to foster a deep appreciation and enthusiasm for the visual arts within society.

Through an ongoing outreach programme including exhibitions, talks and workshops, Backwater believes in the importance of widening the range of people that become involved in the arts.

Through our Studio 12 exhibition/project space, we support studio and non-studio artists and aim to increase collaboration and engagement with the wider artistic community and the general public through exhibitions and outreach events.

How to apply?

Please contact Elaine Coakley, Studio Director if you require more information: by email elaine@backwaterartists.ie or by phone 021-4961002 

To apply for a position on the Board, please submit an application letter by 20th May 2022, outlining why you are interested in the position and how you feel that you would make a positive contribution to the Board. Please include details of relevant experience, any other past or present directorships, and your CV. We look forward to hearing from you.

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