Birnam Arts and Conference Centre is a 140 year old Scottish charity that has, in recent years, evolved into a vibrant and award winning arts and community centre based in the re-developed Birnam Institute.
Situated in the cultural heartland of rural Perthshire, in the attractive area of Birnam & Dunkeld, Birnam Arts is a focal point for individuals and groups within the local community. Nevertheless, Birnam Arts manages to lure visitors, artists and performers from across the globe.
Through the provision of facilities, training and education, Birnam Arts’ mission is the promotion of arts, science, heritage and culture. The arts programme includes exhibitions, music and theatre for all ages whilst there are workshop facilities suitable for dance, drama, yoga, arts and ceramics.
A 220 seater hall is a draw for well-known musicians, comedians and performers and also serves as a versatile events venue. A major attraction within Birnam Arts is the permanent Beatrix Potter exhibition and the building is also host to the local P&K library which further increases footfall.
The health of this flourishing venue depends greatly on the success of the various commercial activities that take place through Birnam Arts’ trading company – Birnam I Ltd - including a busy cafe, conferences, events (including weddings and parties) and a gift shop. Of vital importance is the role of volunteers who contribute their time and skills across a wide range of supporting activities.
Accountable to the Board of Trustees, the General Manager is responsible for the day to day operation of Birnam Arts and Birnam I Ltd. The building is a £2 million redevelopment dating from 2001 and the organisation comprises 5 full-time and 15 part-time staff, with an annual turnover in excess of £600k.
This role is pivotal to the success of Birnam Arts; setting the tone of the organisation, nurturing the culture, driving and implementing strategy, ensuring the commercial side of the organisation continues to enable the delivery of all charitable objectives, and ensuring the arts provision continues to be attractive and of a high quality.
This is an opportunity to develop a uniquely broad skill-set - it demands versatility, creativity and high levels of organisation, skilled management, an understanding of all operations including financial and marketing functions, the support and management of staff and volunteers, as well as a desire to strive for excellence and continuous improvement.
Birnam Arts has over the years become a much loved and admired institution within the local community and rural Perthshire - this is a great opportunity for the post holder to build on this legacy whilst continuing to develop professionally.
KEY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
TERMS and CONDITIONS
Basic salary - £35,000 (salary review pending).
Birnam Arts has recently introduced a pension auto-enrolment scheme with Royal London.
Holiday entitlement – 29 days paid leave, including bank holidays.
Notice Period: 3 months.
The post holder will be required to work outside normal office hours (Mon-Fri 9.00-5.00), including some evenings and weekends for which ‘time off in lieu’ is granted.
Travel will be required in line with the General Manager’s duties.
This is a ‘permanent’ post but will be subject to a 6 month ‘probation period’.
How to Apply
Applications for this post can be made by sending your CV, with a covering letter stating your reasons for applying and enclosing contact details for two referees to:
The Chairman at the following e-mail address: email@example.com
Alternatively you can send hard copies by post to:
The Chairman, Birnam Arts, Station Road, Birnam, Dunkeld, Perthshire, PH8 0DS.
Please mark the envelope as confidential.
CLOSING DATE for applications is Friday, March 17th 2023.
Everyone is welcome to apply and we wholly encourage you to do so, regardless of background, culture, gender, ethnicity, age or ability. We hope to hear from you soon!
Applicants for all posts should submit a CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Birnam Arts, a boutique multi-purpose arts, conferencing and entertainment venue.
Pop in to the Foyer Cafe for breakfast, grab a delicious coffee with a selection of our homemade baking or enjoy a light lunch whilst browsing on the free WiFi. Wander upstairs to view the latest of our monthly art exhibitions before visiting the world of Beatrix Potter, or the Gift Shop to purchase a special gift for your loved ones or yourself!
You really are the heart of our community and we can’t afford to lose you. Thank you to everyone working so hard to protect our village treasure.
Cave Family | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
Located in the heart of Birnam Arts, our café is the meeting place and gathering space for everyone, from local friendly faces to new visitors from far and wide.
Daily | Mon-Tues 11-3 | Wed-Sun 10-4
The food scene in Dunkeld and Birnam is becoming a go-to for food lovers and we're proud to be part of the that story.
Birnam Arts is a unique venue, contributing enormously to many aspects of our lives - social, cultural, educational.
Linda Wolfe | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
BA Shop has a unique selection of gifts sourced both locally and from throughout Scotland. With a range of design, jewellery and craft items there’s a little something for everyone.
Daily | 10:30 - 15:30
We pride ourselves in supporting emerging and established makers alongside contemporary brands such as Harris Tweed, and offer a range of books on Perthshire, as well as V&A Stationery and gifts for the wee ones.
Birnam Arts has been host to great memories and moments, from dancing my heart out at weddings to speaking at conferences to enjoying wonderful music ... this place does it all and is an important hub. We look forward to the time we can enjoy BA to its full once again.
Susanna Thomson | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
Birnam Arts delivers a programme of monthly exhibitions showing work by artists at varying stages of their careers within both solo and group exhibitions.
We continually develop new opportunities to support the practice and development of Scottish based artists, whilst also bringing work that is inspiring, creative and different to the contemporary art scene in rural Perthshire.
I have played at Birnam Arts as part of Blow and Blast for a number of years and never cease to be amazed by how many activities take place there - too valuable to lose!
Kenneth MacKenzie | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
Located upstairs of the original Victorian part of Birnam Arts, our Visual Arts and Performing Arts studios are where much of the creative magic at Birnam Arts takes place.
A wonderful local facility, always welcoming and friendly. Me and my girls have so many happy memories of ballet classes and shows here - we need to keep the magic going!
Jane Pasteur | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
At the heart of Birnam Arts is a highly versatile space, otherwise known as the John Kinnaird Hall, our home for live music, film, theatre, public meetings, conferences and private events.
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A lovely welcome. Keep on flourishing.
Alan Reid | Birnam Book Festival 2018
Within this dedicated space celebrating Beatrix Potter, her much loved characters and historical ties to the area, there is something for both kids and adults alike.
Daily | 10:30 - 15:30
Birnam Arts = Community Heart
Simon Yearsley | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020