// CALL FOR COMMITTEE MEMBERS //
GENERATOR seeks motivated individuals to join our dynamic voluntary committee. GENERATOR projects is an artist-led space in Dundee, developing contemporary art exhibitions, screenings and events.
Working closely together, the GENERATOR committee programmes events and exhibitions for all audiences, introducing exciting emerging local, national and international artists to our audiences including the GENERATOR membership, the local community and national audience.
Committee members will be engaged with every aspect of running the contemporary art programme including curation, events management, fundraising, marketing, gallery outreach and administration. You will gain essential professional development experience as well as gaining skills required for the development of your own artistic practice.
The committee holds meetings once a week, with programming meetings held once a month. The maximum term that can be served on the committee is 2 years; it is expected that committee members will commit to this timescale to the best of their ability.
Applications from all backgrounds are welcomed and we highlight the importance of flexibility, motivation, and passion for a contemporary art practice. We would encourage practicing artists to apply for this role.
This is a voluntary position. This role is unavailable to students, however, we encourage them to apply for Associate Committee Members, or volunteer. For more information, see: www.new.generatorproject.co.uk/opportunities
DEADLINE: SATURDAY 31st March at MIDNIGHT
Please apply with the following:
- max. 500 Word Statement of interest
Please send your Application to
firstname.lastname@example.org with the email subject:
(SURNAME_FORENAME) COMMITTEE MEMBER APPLICATION
If you have any queries or require more information please email email@example.com
Why join us? Previous Committee Members shared their thoughts about their time at GENERATOR:
“Being on the Generator committee was an opportunity to learn about working together on ambitious projects and commissioning artists to make new work for our exhibition programmes. The joys and difficulties of those discussions and negotiations were incredibly influential in how I’ve worked since and helped me think about my priorities.
We really needed to take responsibility for advocating for the organisation within the city and with funders, which meant that I got to know a lot of people who I have continued to have working relationships with since.
Generator is one of the only avenues through which the voice of artists can be heard within the city so it’s really worthwhile getting involved. By your actions on the committee you can have a positive effect on shaping how Dundee is for artists to live and work in.
Laura Simpson (Programme and Facilities Manager at Hospitalfield)
“Personally, I never viewed Generator as something I did for career purposes. I was interested in artist-led spaces for their social change value and potential for continued peer-learning and support outside of Art School. That said, since leaving Generator in 2015 I have done solo shows in Roseangle and Verdant Works; residencies in Santa Fe Art Institute and THIStudios in London; curated a show at H.M.C. Unicorn; done design proposal for the V&A Dundee; been to Calcutta on a research trip; written for Creative Carbon Scotland; done a post-master at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm; now work as the curator for Mossutställningar in Stockholm and doing a two-year public art commission focused on sustainable urban design and performative art practices with Stockholm City.”
Holly Keasey (artist, curator)
“I can say without any reservation that being involved in the committee of Generator, or any similar organisation, is crucial to developing a successful career as an artist. If you are committed to continuing in the arts after college this is the main action I would advise you to take (as well as continuing your art practice). It teaches you how the system functions outside of college and you learn invaluable skills that will be useful whether you go on to continue as an artist or move into any one of a variety of arts administration roles. For example helping to run the gallery is so useful when it comes to putting on exhibitions of your own work. You know what is to be expected of you professionally and what you should expect from the gallery.
Also it is a great way of maintaining contacts with your fellow artists and for meeting and being part of a much wider community that is very supportive, and that is essential for advancing a career. As well, and I only learned this later, people who are already in established positions in the art world pay close attention to who is on the committees and take a favourable view towards anyone prepared to get involved. And it can be so much fun! I had the best time on the committee. It was a lot of work but all worth it. I left about 10 years ago and am still using the lessons I learned from my time there. Simply put, if you’re serious about working as an artist or in the arts then join the committee. It will be of huge benefit to you personally and professionally.”
“I was on the second committee after Generator started and it was a great transition period from Art School to life as a self employed artist and my MFA at Glasgow.
At the time we felt it was important that graduates didn’t leave immediately to Edinburgh or Glasgow, like I eventually did, and that they should dedicate some time to the cultural life in the city, which had initiated their artistic ambitions.
I spent two tears at the organisation and it taught me a lot about how exhibitions are realised. I gained an insight into most of the roles in a gallery so that I understood and respected the efforts of others in putting on my own subsequent shows.We formed quite a tight group as a committee, giving each other support and focus whilst straight out of college, and I am very proud of the shows we put on.
Generator is a fantastic resource for Dundee and Scotland in general. The city has DCA and will soon have the V&A therefore attracting even more visitors in years to come and it is important that this audience sees emerging contemporary art.This makes Generator more relevant now than it ever has been, meaning it is an exciting time for prospective committee members to apply.”
“My time on the Generator Committee was difficult, though I learned a lot. Sticking with the good points, It gave me the chance to work with a budget in order to curate exhibitions which in turn led me to work with some really exciting artists and (in my opinion) put on some amazing events. It is probably the only time in my art career that I will have that amount of freedom and budget to play with. Generator afforded us the time to play, to learn and the time to make mistakes. Although there were very difficult times, at one point we were also down to three people while dealing with multiple council related lease and building issues, I am still amazed at what we achieved together. Members show was always my favourite time of year; the excitement of hanging 100+ works in a cohesive exhibition in less than a week was always an adrenaline fuelling experience and one that I’m sad I don’t get to repeat. ”
(Kirsty McKeown )