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Collect Audience Development Co-ordinator

Duration: 3 days a week November – 7 January, then full time until 8 March 2019 (including all public open days of the fair)

Reports to: Fair Director/ Fair Officer

Fee: £100 a day


About Collect

Collect is the leading international art fair for modern craft and design, presented by the Crafts Council. Fuelling passion and growth in this exciting, highly desirable market, Collect provides unrivalled opportunities to discover and invest in work that will surprise, delight and endure.

With a remit to introduce new and recent work into the market, Collect galleries are selected by an international panel of experts and are required to showcase high-end pieces produced in the past five years, many of which have been made especially for the Fair.

Collect showcases the finest examples of contemporary craft presented by galleries from around the world and is supported by a dynamic programme of talks and events.

The fair strives to transform the value and perception of this field. To make this our own and define the noise and engagement we create to reinforce it.  To make Collect the go-to place for international buyers and commentators.

Collect 2019 will take place at the Saatchi Gallery February 28 to March 3, 2019.

About the Crafts Council

The Crafts Council's goal is to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft. Its aims are to build a strong economy and infrastructure for contemporary craft. To increase and diversify the audience for contemporary craft and to champion high quality contemporary craft practice nationally and internationally.

Role Outline

The Collect Audience Development Co-ordinator will play a key role in helping to build a VIP audience for Collect. The role will be responsible for outreach to partners ahead of the fair in order to build new VIP audiences, event support at fair Previews and event management of smaller VIP events. The role also includes ensuring all VIPs receive appropriate post-fair communication.

Key tasks

VIP Cultivation

Identity and approach new targets audiences to build VIP attendance at the Collect, working towards VIP cultivation targets. Outreach to existing VIP partners inspiring loyalty and ensuring audiences return to the fair. Coordinate targeted VIP tours and events and work with partners promote Collect to their members and clients. Pick up relationship leads brokered by the wider team.

Pre fair

Responsible for all Collect VIP correspondence and enquiries, and overseeing access arrangements for VIPs. Includes allocating invitation/ticket type, posting and recording invitations and working with the wider Collect team to ensure guest lists are comprehensive. Manage VIP tours schedule and allocation of tour guides. Coordinate tailored private VIP events where necessary.

Event management on site

Work with Collect Fair Officer and wider Collect team to facilitate smooth access for VIPs to fair Preview events, includes manning VIP desk, guest list enquiries and working with event volunteers. Event manage smaller VIP events during the fair. Coordinate tours onsite including greeting guests and overseeing tour guides.

Post fair activities

Ensure all VIP attendance lists are reconciled and information recorded on the Crafts Council’s database. Responsible for all post-event VIP and sponsor correspondence. Produce a comprehensive post fair VIP cultivation report and oversee thorough handover to Collect team.

How to Apply

Job description

Please send your CV and cover letter to collect@craftscouncil.org.uk by 9am Monday Oct 29.

Creative Director

Creative Director

Salary: up to £62,000

Key aims
We are seeking a Creative Director who will be responsible for ensuring that the Crafts Council delivers new, exciting and relevant programmes of activity.
You will oversee the work of the following teams:

  • Exhibitions and Collections: delivering a programme of national touring exhibitions and management of our national loan Collection.
  • Learning and Talent Development: implementing formal learning and participation programmes for children and young people; and our well-regarded professional development activities for makers
  • Research and Policy: producing and disseminating high quality research on craft and advocacy to government and policy makers
  • Innovation: promoting the value of craft to other sectors from the creative industries to science and technology through events and collaborative project

This role has great scope for a creative professional with excellent skills and expertise in collaboration, project management and team leadership.

As a member of the senior management team you will work with fellow Directors in delivering cross cutting initiatives as well as oversight of the organisation as a whole. You will be joining an organisation with an important heritage of leadership and cutting-edge work and a passionate and committed staff and Trustees. .

Main objectives 

• Work closely with Senior Management Team colleagues in the development and implementation of the Crafts Council’s business plan
• Oversee the programme teams’ delivery of evidence-based, challenging and highquality initiatives that raise the profile of craft, meet the needs of the sector; and reach a diversity of audiences
• Represent the Crafts Council and the sector, as an advocate for craft, growing our network of stakeholders and partners

How to Apply

Job Description

To apply please submit your CV and covering letter to  as one document to v_rice@craftscouncil.org.uk by Thursday 25 October. 

Collect Fair Coordinator

Contract: freelance 85 days

Duration: 5 November 2018 – approx. 8 March 2019 (dependant on days worked)

Fee: £80 per day


The Collect Co-ordinator will play a key role in supporting the Collect team on the delivery of all elements of the event.  This will include administration, logistical support and on-site event management. Collect is the International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design. Its 15th edition will be held at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea from 28 February to 3 March 2019.


Key tasks

Pre- fair administration

Exact duties TBC but supporting the Collect Project Officer and Collect core team in all general administrative duties associated with the delivery of the fair including

  • Coordinating meetings with both the Collect team and other CC team members
  • Taking minutes and circulating to attendees, tracking action points
  • To manage the VIP invite list and assist with the processing of invitations
  • Supporting on invitation mail outs and internal distribution  
  • Coordinating Mail Chimp emails to exhibitors and key contact list
  • Updating salesforce database with exhibitor comms info
  • Filing and server management for fair documentation
  • Researching and sourcing items for the event where required
  • Managing the Collect inbox and responding to general enquiries were possible
  • Responding to exhibitor emails and queries
  • Audience research
  • Tickets administration and response to ticket enquiries

On site during the event:

  • Guest list management for private events
  • Manage the front desk at the fair, answering queries from both exhibitors and visitors to the fair
  • Manage the distribution of the VIP bags and the catalogues during the event
  • Support volunteer management with the Collect Coordinator
  • Support the Collect core team during the fair build-up and breakdown periods


  • Collate exhibitor surveys and record responses
  • Ensure all documents and assets are filed correctly on the server
  • Ensure all Collect equipment is packed and labelled correctly and stored in the correct place
  • Coordinate exhibitor thank you letters
  • Ensure print archive is complete
  • Consolidate VIP attendance records

How to Apply

Job Description

To apply please submit your CV and covering letter to as one document to collect@craftscouncil.org.uk by 9am Monday 29 Oct.  

Creative Programmes Co-ordinator

Creative Programmes Co-ordinator

Salary: £21,000 - 22,000

Key aims
The post provides varied administrative, database and wider high level support to three related areas of the Crafts Council’s Creative Programmes team, to ensure the work is delivered efficiently and cost effectively. The post primarily provides assistance to two full-time and one part-time managers – the Creative Director, Head of Research & Policy and Innovation Programme Manager.


Key responsibilities

  • Provide administrative support and co-ordination to three managers across creative direction, research & policy, and innovation.
  • Assist in the preparation of Creative Programmes briefings, events planning, contracting, management and delivery.
  • Reproduce presentation materials and other corporate communications, policy notes and positioning papers for external audiences in the corporate style.
  • Undertake research and prepare briefing notes on policy, research and innovation issues in response to priorities.
  • Act as administrator of the teams’ budgets, ensuring programme spend is accurately recorded and tracked and expenses accurately reconciled.
  • Act as a point of contact for programme contractors and partners, deal with public and other enquiries and produce draft replies to correspondence in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Research and input database records as required in a timely and accurate manner and manage regular reporting.
  • Support the Director, Head and Manager with diary planning and management, including arranging internal and external meetings, preparing and disseminating agendas and papers, organising refreshments and travel bookings as required.
  • Carry out general administrative work including record keeping, expenditure logging, mail merging, filing, and archiving.
  • Work closely with colleagues across the Crafts Council to ensure a coherent and effective approach to fundraising, policy and research.

How to Apply

Job Description & Person Specification

To apply please submit your CV and Supporting Statement as one document to hr@craftscouncil.org.uk by 26 October 2018. Candidates will need to eb available for interview on 6th or 14th November 2018.

Development Officer

Islington, London

Full time

Salary: c£27,000

Job Outline

As the only Officer level role, you will play a key role within our Development team of three fundraising Managers (encompassing corporate, major donor, trust and statutory funding), helping us to significantly grow our levels of support by identifying potential donors and funders and overseeing the management of these supporters through a clearly defined journey.

The post holder will support the team to provide an excellent donor experience for our supporters which include large grant making trusts, high profile individuals and major luxury brands, ensuring we recognise support appropriately and create the plans needed for each donor to create long term, strategic relationships.

This role is a critical support role to allow colleagues across the team to focus on building new external relationships.

How to Apply

Job Description

To be considered for the role please submit a copy of your CV along with a Supporting Statement explaining what attracts you to work at the Crafts Council and provide evidence of how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the job.

Send your application to hr@craftscouncil.org.uk by 19th October 2018. Successful Applicants will need to be available for interview on 29th or 30th October 2018.

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