126 Co-Directors 2021-23 Open Call

As we begin to look forward to the end of lockdown in the coming months and re-opening, 126 is looking to the future and inviting applications for new Co-Directors to lead the organisation forward in joining the ever-growing 126 family.

126 invites applications from individuals who are dedicated to the visual arts sector, supporting artists and to the artist-run ethos. Individuals will need to be passionate about working in an arts organisation, have or be keen to develop new skills in arts administration, project management, financial management, curatorial skills and the many hats directors must wear.    

This is a voluntary position with a two-year commitment inclusive of a 6-month probationary and learning period.  Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, 126’s team is working remotely, interviews will be held through zoom.

In this instance, applicants are required to be based in Galway City or commit to re-locating or attending the gallery at least two days per week, including a weekly Board meeting on regular days. Applicants must also commit to attending most if not all programmes, events and exhibition previews. Board members are required to invigilate and act as a representative of 126 during their time on the board.

Full specifications available below:



126 Co-Director
Job Description

Job Title: CO-DIRECTOR
Employer: 126 Artist-Run Gallery
Place of work: 15 St Bridget’s Place, Hidden Valley, Woodquay, Galway
Reports to: Chair of the Board of Directors
Duration: Two-year voluntary post with a 6-month trial period.
Salary: N/A – Voluntary Position
Hours of work: Variable. Average 12 hours per week (2-Days), 126 is open Wednesday to Sunday but working days may vary. 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 currently seeking Co-Directors to join the 126 team. 126 accept applications for new Co-Directors on an ongoing basis throughout the year. At present, we are particularly interested in recruiting candidates with an interest in curatorial practice and arts administration, curatorial experience is particularly of interest but not required.

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, production, funding applications, commissioning, outreach, education, archiving and administration work. Although previous experience in all areas is not essential, interested candidates are encouraged to review and consider the director criteria when making their applications.

126 positions: Chairperson | Treasurer | Head-Technician | Volunteer Coordinator | Membership Coordinator | Social Media & PR Coordinator | Studio Manager | Internship Coordinator | Programme Curator (All)

About 126

Established in 2005, 126 Artist-Run Gallery is an artist-led, not for profit organisation integral to the visual arts ecology and cultural landscape of Galway. Run voluntarily by a Board of Directors, professional artists & curators for 16 years supported by Galway City Council, The Arts Council of Ireland, and Creative Ireland.

126’s mission is to deliver high-quality professional contemporary exhibitions and cultural programming which is free and open to all. This includes artist talks/lectures, workshops, residencies, studio spaces and upskilling opportunities for Galway.


126 is dedicated to supporting artists at all stages of their career with a focus on emerging contemporary practices & partnerships. This is achieved by maintaining a centrally located space that is welcoming and open for all to visit and join. 126 is committed to the development of paid opportunities for artists, the fostering of partnerships locally and nationally and to advancing Galway’s cultural capacity.


126 was founded on a democratic structure, in which power flows from the membership to the Board of Directors. The Board promotes the ideology of the membership, as laid out in the organisation’s aims, through the activities of 126. The Board directly represents the membership, and it is on the basis of this relationship that the projected success and longevity of 126 is based. Membership provides a platform for individuals to connect with a larger network of professional artists. There are around 200 members at any given time.

126 continues to contribute to the visual arts in the greater Galway area by committing to the following:

– Artists and anyone who works for us is always paid, now and forever.
– Maintain a central permanent exhibition space and resource centre for all visual artists.
– Provide a unique platform within Galway for the presentation of artworks that are risk-taking, experimental and contemporary.
– Present diverse programming, ranging from established to emerging artists, from international to local practitioners and from conventional to new media.
– Encourage growth in the visual arts in Galway and in critical discourse in Ireland.
– Develop an information and support network through our membership.
– Offer support for art college students and recent graduates by promoting unique exhibition opportunities and feedback on their work.

Our Activities


126 has five areas with which to best fulfil the aims listed above. We provide an exhibition space for risk-taking contemporary art by maintaining our central location and holding a programme filled with engaging new works; we research artist-led organisations and the issues contemporary artists face today; we run a residency programme in co-operation with our partners to foster emerging talent – and we produce publications to continue the exciting debates and conversations sparked by all our other activities. In recent years, 126 has moved to its largest space yet and are able to host studio spaces.


Exhibitions

Each year 126 runs a full 12-month exhibition programme. This is a combination of show series’ tackling a single curatorial arc (as in the Primary Resource Project of 2015) or solo and group shows that foster emerging talents. We are a visual art venue for both GIAF (Galway International Art Festival) and TULCA festival of visual art. Each year we exhibit work by our members as a group show, either in our gallery space, or as an off-site project. The Members’ show is advertised by Open Call in the first quarter of the year. The Board of Directors programmes the gallery every August and member artists/curators are encouraged to submit proposals for solo shows to our email: contactg126@gmail.com.


Residencies

In order to foster emerging talent 126 has developed a series of residencies with the cooperation of its valuable partners: The Burren College of Art and the Engage Studios. Our residency opportunities are advertised by Open Call and are advertised throughout the year. We also host (when possible) our own residency opportunities with the creation of a new residency space. We also offer temporary studio space rental.

Studios

126 currently has 5 studios including 2 shared spaces two single occupancy studios and a residency/temporary rental studio. 126 is committed to providing affordable quality studio spaces and secure 24 hr facilities. Currently housed above the main gallery.

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

● To support the organisation’s gallery programme
● 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 also 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 and annual budgetary reports
● 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
● 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

Desirable Criteria

● Practising artist /Curator (Required)
● 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 Power Point)

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 via zoom. Successful applicants will then be invited to complete a six-month trial period prior to commencement of the directorship.

126 Artist-Run Gallery will accept expressions of interest with a cover letter outlining your appropriateness for the role and motivations for joining by:

● email using the subject line “Co-Director” to contactg126@gmail.com
● Printed and posted to 15 St. Bridgets Place, Galway City, H91 NN29
● Voice and Audio recording through email or post.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 16 May 2021 at 11:59 pm.