Part-Time Arts Festival Director
ARTS FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
The Arts Festival Director is responsible for the overall creative programme, management, finance and administration as well as the operational health of this well-established annual celebration of the arts in Westport. They should be able to demonstrate a track record in multi-disciplinary arts practice programming, festival management, funding, promotion and community engagement and have a broad appreciation of the best work being done in a range of art practice in Ireland and beyond. The Director will have the opportunity to develop a strong vision of how Westival can deliver an even more ambitious and ground breaking music and arts programme in Westport, attracting increasing number of destination visitors and introducing new forms of art and creative thought to local and visitors alike.
Terms and Conditions
• Flexible part time position
• 3 year fixed term contract
• Pro rata industry bench marked salary
• Salary range; €41,000 – €50,000 depending on experience
Westival is Growing
Established in 1976, Westport Arts Festival was originally established as an end-of-tourist-season opportunity in September to celebrate and enjoy the vibrant cultural life of this small town. In its first 35 years the festival established a reputation for hosting a multi-disciplinary eclectic mix of the artistic events were featured, including music, visual arts, theatre, performance, written and spoken word.
Rebranded as ‘Westival’ 3 years ago, we have invested in the recruitment of professional staff, emphasised marketing and sales, incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and strengthened the program offering. In 2020 Westival hosted 62 events hosting across 28 venues.
Westival is a work in progress. The recruitment of an Arts Festival Director builds on the work of our first professional director. In 2025 we celebrate 50 years hosting awesome music, performance, art and written word; 50 years inspiring engagement with community and visitors. We look forward to the relationships that the new director will build and the energy and vision they will bring to Westport.
• Arts Festival Director
• Part-time job
• Westport Arts Festival
• County Mayo, Ireland
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