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Ben Uri Gallery

Ben Uri Gallery

Ben Uri Gallery

Ben Uri Gallery, founded in 1915, is Europe’s only dedicated Jewish Museum of Art, working in partnership with secular and Jewish Museums in the UK and internationally.The gallery and museum is an educational institution dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all whom it impacts. It embraces a new broad and fully inclusive role for museums in today’s society.

Volunteer

Location:
London, United Kingdom

Posted:
2 Jul 2013

Deadline:
Opportunity has expired

Museum Board Trustee

Ben Uri Gallery is looking to refresh and re-energise its trustees to help drive the establishment a permanent gallery, strengthen their programmes and engage wider audiences.

London, United Kingdom

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

Level:
Senior Level
Escape Factors:
Social Impact
Function:
Management
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Ben Uri Gallery is looking to refresh and re-energise its trustees to help drive the establishment of a permanent gallery, strengthen their programmes and engage wider audiences.  They are looking for a range of skills and experience: finance, commercial, HR, culture, property, law, marketing and PR.

Ben Uri Gallery and Museum Limited is a registered charity, a registered museum and a company limited by guarantee.

 Ben Uri is 98 years young, just 2 years short of its centenary, and was founded in Whitechapel in1915 by the Russian Jewish émigré artist Lazar Berson. It has a unique, incredible and incredibly diverse world-class collection of over 1300 works by 380 artists from 35 countries and it is the relatively unknown and unseen jewel in London’s crown. Perhaps more than any other London Museum it reflects the 20th century and contemporary creative talents of the ever changing constituencies of London which enjoys 50 resident communities of over 10,000 people from 33 different nations covering 14 major faiths. It is positioned and operates within the centre of the National and International mainstream arts arena.

PURPOSE

Our mission is to meaningfully engage peoples from across every community from, and visiting, London exploring their issues of identity and migration within the past and current artistic and social contexts.

 Our vision is a first for London – a new 40,000 plus sq. ft. gallery, museum, learning, wellbeing, scholarship and creative hub appealing to everyone for their own reasons. It is designed to connect, share and celebrate the life stories and differences of identity and art from émigré communities and artists who have made their home in the ever evolving melting pot of London - the greatest, most diverse and welcoming city in the world. 

Responsibilities:

1] Secure the public presentation of the Museum’s growing and world-class and renowned collection of over 1300 works by 380 artists from 35 different countries. (See www.benuricollection.org.uk – password is benuri)

2] Enable the largest possible audience, drawn from the widest possible communities from both home and abroad to explore for inspiration, learning and enjoyment, the lives and work of artists of European Jewish descent, placed within the artistic and social context of other immigrant communities to London within the national cultural heritage at and outside the Museum.

3] Through personal engagement and technology develop national ‘Learning programmes’ for the benefit of students of all ages at schools and universities, collectors, researchers and scholars world -wide.

4] Through personal engagement and technology develop national ‘Wellbeing programmes’ for the benefit of those young and elderly that have special needs where ‘art’ in its practice or learning can assist within specified care programmes.

5] Secure the financial wellbeing of the institution for the medium and long term and ensure its short term programming and financial needs are met.

6] Be instrumental in creating a c 40,000 sq. ft. gallery, museum and creative hub exploring and engaging in contemporary fashion the on-going history and artistic achievements of émigré communities to and in London.

BOARD MEMBERSHIP BEST PRACTICE

The Board of Trustees is legally responsible for ensuring that the organisation achieves its mission. As a Board, they provide strategic guidance and where necessary practical assistance using their skills, backgrounds and contacts to assist the organisation in continuing to achieve its mission and vision detailed above.

The Board meets at least six times a year and usually most months. In addition to attending Board meetings, trustees may be required to serve on various sub-committees as well as represent the institution at a variety of fundraising and public events.

OVERALL PURPOSE

The Trustees acting individually and collectively have an overall stewardship responsibility for the wellbeing of the museum, providing strategic direction and practical assistance, ensuring that it works effectively towards its vision and mission, harnessing its resources to maximum effect and upholding its core ethos and values and fulfilling a duty of care, in accordance with its governing documents, relevant legislation and regulatory requirements. 

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