126 Co-Directors 2019-21 Open Call

126 Artist-run Gallery is delighted to announce an open call for three new board of Directors members for the 2019-2021 term. This is an unpaid voluntary position. It is also a fantastic opportunity for artists and curators to join 126 as we begin to programme for Galway’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2020. Directors will have an opportunity should they wish to curate an exhibition, develop a series of events or other relevant ideas. Please include any such desire in your application, we are currently looking for individuals interested in the admin and accounting side of gallery management. For further information please see the full description below. There will be a rolling deadline until the positions are filled.

Job Title: Co-Director
Employer: 126 Artist-run Gallery
Place of work: 15 St Bridget’s Place, Hidden Valley, Woodquay, Galway
Reports to: Co-Directors
Duration: Two-year voluntary post with 3 month trial period.
Salary: This is a voluntary position.
Hours of work: Varies depending on projects. At least one regular day, on average 6-12 hours per week, mainly Wednesday to Sunday. Flexible working, including evenings and weekends, will be required. Attendance at weekly meetings on Wednesday evenings is mandatory.

The Role

126 Artist-Run Gallery is always seeking Co-Directors to join the 126 Team. 126 accept applications for new Co-Directors on an on-going basis throughout the year. Applicants who are seeking to advance their experience within an artist-led model of gallery programming and operations are encouraged to apply with successful candidates gaining valuable skills in installation, programming and production, funding applications, commissioning, outreach, and arts administration. Although previous experience in all areas is not essential, interested candidates are encouraged to review and consider the director criteria when making their applications.

Roles include: Secretary | Volunteer & Internship Coordinator | Membership Coordinator | Social Media, Marketing & PR Coordinator | Studio Manager | Treasurer | Head Technician | Documentation, Archive & Website

Co-Directors work together across all areas, swap positions and share responsibilities in order to gain the most valuable experience. They will also act as the point of contact and project lead for exhibitions, events and outreach initiatives.

About 126

126 is one ofIreland’s longest-running artist-led organisations. With a constitutionalstructure that mirrors the successful model in play at Transmission Gallery(Glasgow) and Catalyst Arts (Belfast). 126 is a voluntarily-run organisation that benefits from the expertise of a rotating board of directors (with each director serving for 2 years) as well as the long-term oversight of an advisory board of established academics, artists and arts workers.

126 has an international membership, who are served by the board of directors with exhibition opportunities, residencies and an annual members’ show. 126 is committed to fostering risk-taking, innovation and ambitious artists at all levels by providing them with an exhibition platform which always pays its artists. Our exhibition space runs a 12-month programme of exhibitions and events that are inclusive and welcoming, with a focus on fostering meaningful engagement for art and non-art audiences alike. 126 is regular partners with Tulca, Festival ofVisual Art, Galway International Arts Festival & Galway Pride.

Co-Director Objectives

  • To secure funding for activities including a program of exhibitions and events and to curate innovative, risk taking and challenging exhibitions and events in line with 126 Artist-Run Gallery’s ethos and aims.
  • To support the realisation of the organisation’s gallery programme, providing logistical, technical and administrative support.
  • To cultivate good relationships within the arts sector in Galway and further afield, including maintaining relationships with funders for the long-term development of the organisation.

126’s Aims

  1. Maintain a centrally located permanent exhibition space and resource centre in Galway City for all contemporary artists and audiences.
  2.  Present diverse programming including established and emerging artists, international and local practitioners, works in both conventional and new media.
  3.  Encourage the development of the visual arts in Galway and of critical discourse within our ever-expanding network.
  4. Provide a unique platform for the presentation of artworks that are risk-taking, experimental and challenging.
  5. Maintain an information and support network through and for our members.
  6. Offer support to emerging artists by promoting unique exhibition opportunities and providing feedback on their work.
  7. Continue to develop and grow as an artist-led, democratic organisation, making decisions on an artistic rather than economic basis.
  8. Ambitiously pursue excellence in all areas of programming.
  9. Promote international exchanges of ideas and artists.

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • To support the organisation’s gallery programme.
  • Commit to at least one day a week.
  • To successfully curate and project manage exhibitions and events in the gallery itself and at offsite locations.
  • To attend weekly board meetings (Currently held on Wednesday evenings) and meeting with funders and other relevant bodies when appropriate.
  • To liaise with programmed artists and funders in the delivery of 126’s annual programme
  • To correlate and generate publicity material for the gallery to scheduled deadlines
  • To install work and liaise with technical specialists when necessary
  • To coordinate the safe transportation of artworks
  • To collate exhibition material for project reviews, website and archive purposes
  • To promote the gallery through appropriate arenas and cultivate positive media relations
  • To manage 126’s volunteer database and cultivate opportunities for local volunteers
  • To assist in the completion of annual funding applications
  • To manage the day to day cash flows with regards incoming and outgoing bills
  • To prepare and manage gallery budgets

Personal Specification


  • Understanding of the key objectives of 126 Artist-Run Gallery
  • 2-year commitment to the director post
  • Bachelors Degree in Fine Art or Design or relevant equivalent


  • Experience working within the visual arts or an arts organisation
  • Experience in project management and/or administration
  • Knowledge of the local and international contemporary visual arts scene
  • The ability to work to set targets and objectives
  • The ability to work successfully and productively as part of a team
  • Excellent organisational skills including time management
  • The ability to be self-motivated and work on own initiative
  • Masters in arts administration/curation
  • Practising artist
  • Experience in critical and/or creative writing
  • Graphic design (e.g. Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign etc.)
  • Post-production (e.g. Premier Pro, Final Cut, After Effects etc.)
  • Experience installing artworks for gallery exhibitions
  • Experience programming visual arts exhibitions
  • Experience completing applications for funding
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Experience in visual arts PR/marketing including writing press releases and/or social media
  • Competency in Microsoft Office programmes (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

All interested applicants who meet the role’s criteria, including those willing to relocate to Galway are encouraged to apply and interviews may be arranged. Successful applicants will then be invited to complete a three month trial period prior to commencement of the directorship.

To apply please send your cover letter outlining your relevant experience, what you can bring to the team or what roles or areas interest you and what you wish to get out of your time on the board, along with your C.V. to contactg126@gmail.com