North Lands Creative Board of Directors Opportunities! 

Job Description

North Lands Creative is seeking new board members with skills and experience in the areas of arts development and business management to join its existing board team. You will be committed to the principles of good governance and will be enthusiastic about the key aims of the company. You will be able to commit to attending quarterly board meetings as well as
board training and development sessions. You will also be expected to attend events at North Lands Creative and to represent the company at external functions.

Examples of the skills areas or constituent group that the board may wish to see represented on the board include:
Financial/ Accountancy
Venue/ studio management 

General Overview, Vision and Aims

Board Members will serve for a term of three years and be eligible to serve for an additional 3 years as determined by the Company’s Articles of Association.

The main object for the Company, as set out in the Memorandum of Association is as follows:

To advance and further the education of the general public in Caithness and in Scotland generally of the artistic value and merits of, the design of, the uses and applications of and the methods and techniques of producing glass in all its forms, including but not restricted to creative glass and to encourage the study and appreciation of creative glass and to encourage and foster research, collaboration and co-operation between those involved in the creative glass industry to enable the general public to attain an appreciation of the artistic merits and applications of glass in all its art forms including but not restricted to creative glass.

Our Mission

To nurture and support excellence and experimentation in the creative use of glass in all forms of art and design by artists, creative industries and our community, inspired by the wild and dramatic landscape of Caithness.

Our Vision

North Lands Creative will strengthen its international standing as one of Europe’s principal centres of excellence for nurturing the creative use of glass in all forms of art and design.

We want NLC to be an active creative hub that celebrates glass as a creative material and artform and that creates life-changing experiences that resonate for years to come. We encourage international glass artists to share their skills and knowledge and have first class facilities to make their work. We want artists who have not worked with glass to be excited by its qualities and potential. It is important for NLC to offer learning opportunities for our community, particularly young people, to discover their own creative talents through glassmaking. All of this, we want to do in the context of our place where the wild, dramatic landscape and heritage is a stimulus to creativity and an inspiration.

NLC has a unique character, rooted in its location and its people, which should be maintained whilst developing the features which attract audiences, from internationally acclaimed artists to local families. The capital developments completed in early 2014 and 2018 have increased and improved facilities for a broader audience, enabling better access for a wider
range of people. Through development of our programmes and dialogue with our audiences we will make the best use of all of our spaces and resources to achieve a balance between continued physical expansion and retaining the character of NLC. We will view access in its widest terms from local educational activity to extending our digital audiences.

How to apply

North Lands Creative board positions will be considered through an open application process. All interested applicants should provide a CV and the following information in a cover letter:

• Please detail the specific skills and experience you would bring to this post
• Indicate why you are interested in joining the board of North Lands Creative
• Information on any other board memberships, directorships or interests

The above information should be emailed to Karen Phillips, Director at director@northlandscreative.co.uk by Friday June 29th 2018Candidates will be short listed by the current board members and invited to meet with members of the board and the Director to discuss board membership. The successful candidates will then be invited to join the board and will take up their position at the next full board meeting.

For more information, please download the NLC Board Application Pack.

Legal Status

North Lands Creative was incorporated on 4 July 1995 and is a company limited by guarantee, not having a share capital and is a registered charity no SCO23805. The liability of the members of the company is limited to £5 in the event of the company being wound up. The company is governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association. Registration no 159007.


North Lands Creative (NLC) is currently seeking to recruit a dynamic, experienced and enthusiastic person to join our team to be responsible for the programmatic and institutional marketing of the organisation, and assist the Director to strengthen the organisations fundraising initiatives.

This is a managerial position with one of the world’s most prestigious centres for the study and development of glass as an artform, providing excellent facilities, opportunities and inspiration to artists working with glass from all over the world. One of Creative Scotland’s Regular Funded Organisation and supported by Highlands & Islands Enterprise, NLC plays a special part in the artistic fabric of the area.

Terms & Conditions

Salary:                         £25,000 per annum

Pension:                       North Lands Creative offers a contributory pension scheme.

Probationary Period:   There will be a probationary period of 6 months. If successful, the post holder will then be appointed subject to satisfactory performance.

Annual Leave:             In respect of a full year’s service the post is awarded 20 days per year plus public and local holidays

Recording:                   All employees of North Lands Creative fill in weekly time sheets.

Nature of Work:           Evening and weekend work will be a feature of this role, therefore time off in lieu is given.

To apply, please complete an application form and include a covering letter explaining why you feel you are suited to the role to director@northlandscreative.co.uk

Click here to download the Job Description and Person Specification.

Word Version Available Here. 

The closing date is 5pm on Wednesday 27th of June.

Join our database of Teaching Assistant applicants!

The primary role of a TA is to support teaching activities within North Lands’ unique environment.

Successful candidates will have an interest in teaching, great project planning and time management skills, be proactive, and enjoy problem solving. All assistants must have extensive studio experience and an interest in collaboration. Though not necessary, it is helpful for TAs to have previous experience at North Lands.

Each tutor is assisted by two or three TAs, depending on the work space being used and sometimes class size. TAs may know the instructor well, or not at all. In either case, the tutor should discuss what he/she expects to accomplish, and what he/she thinks students should know, experience, or discover, technically and artistically. It is important that TAs support the same goals as the tutor and the course as described in the brochure.

If you are interested in being added to our ever-growing database of Teaching Assistants, please email a CV, a short statement outlining the benefit assisting would have to your artistic process, five images of your work, image information sheet and two letters of recommendation to Grace MacBeath

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