Manchester International Festival Board of Trustees


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Manchester International Festival (MIF) is looking for new trustees to join our board as we prepare to run The Factory.

MIF brings together artists from different art forms and backgrounds to create dynamic new work, which we stage every two years across Greater Manchester. Our next Festival takes place in July 2021.

We collaborate closely with venues, festivals and cultural organisations worldwide, whose input guarantees our projects have a life after each Festival. And year-round, we work widely within communities through My Festival, a diverse network of creative people forging closer connections with MIF.

Our future home is The Factory, designed by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA, backed by Manchester City Council and HM Government, and currently under construction. When it opens, The Factory will be home to one of Europe’s most ambitious year-round creative programmes and a major arts-industry training academy.

We are looking to recruit up to four new trustees to continue to strengthen and diversify MIF’s board.  The board has ultimate responsibility for the strategic direction, development and governance of MIF and The Factory. Applicants must have a passion for arts and culture. We always welcome candidates from a wide representation of backgrounds and ages. In this recruitment cycle we are particularly interested in hearing from those with lived experience of disability, from women and from candidates from BAME backgrounds.

Applicants should have knowledge and experience of working in one of the following areas (which have been identified as being of particular relevance to the company’s work at this point in its development):

  • International arts leadership – ideally festivals
  • Audience engagement and community involvement
  • International PR and Communications
  • Legal
  • Large scale Venue Management

We are also keen to receive applications from practicing artists and from those who represent and bring knowledge of a community currently underserved by the festival.

These are voluntary positions – travel and expenses to board meetings are refundable.  There are four half day board meeting every year with an additional full day board meeting which includes a half day future focused away day  session. Additionally, board members would also be a member of one of the board sub-committees / advisory groups, which also meet 4-5 times a year. These include: Commercial, Finance and Audit, HR, and Digital. Board Members are also invited to experience the company’s artistic work and to attend advocacy events.

The closing date for applications is Friday 15th November

Applications are by letter and CV to  The covering letter (no more than 2 sides of A4) should  describe why you want to be on the board of MIF and identify where your knowledge and experience matches our requirements.

For an informal conversation about the positions, please contact

The current members of MIF’s board are:

Tom Bloxham MBE (Chair)                               Kully Thiarai
Cllr Luthfur Rahman                                          Richard Paver
Jeremy Deller                                                   Malcolm Press
Chris Oglesby                                                   Amy Lawrence
Sir Howard Bernstein                                        Cathryn Wright
Maria Balshaw CBE                                          Richard Bell
Alan Bishop                                                      Jamil Khan

The Factory

The Factory is a world-class cultural space being developed in the heart of Manchester. Building on the success of MIF, it will commission and present the world’s most exciting artists, attracting up to 850,000 visitors a year.

At 13,300 square metres, The Factory’s vast size and uniquely flexible design will provide space for artists to make work of ambition and scale they might not be able to do elsewhere. Dance, theatre, music, opera, visual arts, popular culture and innovative contemporary work incorporating the latest digital technologies will come together in ground-breaking combinations. Here, the world’s best artists will let their imaginations run free as they experiment and embark on new collaborations, the fruits of which will be premiered in Manchester before travelling the world.

MIF will run The Factory, presenting a year-round international creative and cultural programme, as well as reaching out into every corner of Manchester and harnessing the talent and energy that is found across the city. The company will continue to present The Festival every other year, at The Factory and other locations around the city.

MIF is currently undergoing a period of organisational change and transformation as the company grows its capacity and skills base to run both The Festival and The Factory. Construction is underway and the company is due to move in in late 2021.

More information about MIF and The Factory can be found on

Manchester International Festival operate an online application process. However, if you have any specific accessibility requirements (such as printed forms/Job Packs) please contact the Festival Office 0161 8174500 to discuss or email

The online application form will require you to complete the following:
equal opportunities data, personal information, employment history (incl dates, duties & reasons for leaving), qualifications and training history (incl. dates & level of certification as applicable), two references with contact details, a statement outlining why you have applied and why you believe you are a suitable candidate for this position and what particular qualities and experience you would bring to the post if appointed. We advise you to have this information ready before beginning your application.

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