Director of Cartwheel Arts (full time)

Our long standing Director Rick Walker is retiring after two decades with the company. We are therefore looking for an experienced leader who is passionate about the social impact that participatory arts can make in low income neighbourhoods and marginalised communities, delivering creative excitement and positive outcomes for both individuals and groups, and in bringing about a socially just society. This is our mission:

Cartwheel is committed to promoting social inclusion, cohesion, diversity and regeneration through community participation in vibrant, innovative, high-quality arts projects  building healthier, stronger, safer communities.

We call this Art for a Reason.

The right candidate will be comfortable devising and overseeing the delivery of large scale creative programmes, have experience of business planning and strategic development, enjoy managing and inspiring a staff team, and have a strong understanding of both the opportunities and challenges of leading a small but ambitious participatory arts charity. You will bring an exciting vision to a company poised for significant growth.

The Director post is full time (37 hours per week) at a salary of £40,000 per annum. The post enjoys a 7.5% employer pension contribution, with a requirement of 0.5% contribution to be made by the post-holder, and 30 days holiday (plus public holidays).

Cartwheel Arts is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.

If you are interested, please click on the links to download the following documents:

Please let us know if you need to supply your application in an alternative format. The Equality monitoring form is available in easy read format.

Closing date: Wednesday 22nd September 2021 at 5pm (applications received after this time will not be considered).

Interview process:

Monday 4th October – Meeting the Finance sub-committee (30 mins via Zoom)

Tuesday 5th October – Presenting an artistic response to a group of Trustees (30 minutes via Zoom)

Wednesday 6th October OR Friday 8th October – Face to face interviews (to take place in Heywood, please allow up to three hours)

The successful candidate will be offered the post subject to an enhanced DBS check and references.

For an informal chat with Rick Walker please email

At Cartwheel we are always looking for new talent through different programmes.

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Cartwheel Arts
110 Manchester Street
OL10 1DW


T: 01706 361300 

Company number: 2161995
Charity number: 519394

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