Jobs at Lakeland Arts

We’re delighted that you’re interested in working with us here at Lakeland Arts.

Lakeland Arts is proud of its remarkable achievements, due in part to the dedication and hard work of its staff. Lakeland Arts is one of the most significant arts and heritage organisations in the North of England with a national and international reputation for the quality of its historic buildings, museum and gallery collections and programming.

It has a diverse portfolio of attractions: Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry in Kendal, Blackwell The Arts & Crafts House and the new Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats Steam and Stories in Bowness-on-Windermere. Abbot Hall and Blackwell are Grade 1 Listed Buildings.

To help us deliver our strategy of growing Lakeland Arts, Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats Steam and Stories in Bowness-on-Windermere opens in 2017 and in preparation for its opening we are recruiting a team to help us create a world-class visitor attraction. Our continued success depends on the contribution and expertise of every individual we employ.

We will be creating lots of new jobs and volunteering opportunities across all our Lakeland Arts sites in the coming months so we are delighted that you’re interested in working with us. If we don’t have any current vacancies, please do revisit regularly as we seek to grow our team.

Gordon Watson
Chief Executive, Lakeland Arts


Learning & Engagement Officer

Location: All Lakeland Arts sites, Kendal and Bowness, Cumbria
Salary: £20,000
Closing date for applications: 7 November 2016
Interviews: 21 November 2016

Lakeland Arts has built up a strong reputation for showing national and international artists of the highest quality at Abbot Hall and Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House. We work in partnership with national organisations including Tate, National Gallery London and Arts Council Collection and are opening the Windermere Jetty Museum in 2017. The Learning Department was established just four years ago and our programme has already received regional and national recognition for innovation.  This exciting role will see you join a highly qualified team to develop and deliver our learning programme for adults, community groups and people living with dementia. You will work closely with the Learning & Engagement Officer for schools and families, the Head of Learning and Programming team.

Download the Learning & Engagement Officer Job Application Pack (pdf)
Lakeland Arts Application Form


Fabulous Business Development Opportunity
with a Flexible Approach

Lakeland Arts is one of the most significant arts and heritage organisations in the North and has an exceptional portfolio of attractions in an area of outstanding natural beauty and a unique opportunity has arisen to provide development and fundraising support on a freelance or employed basis. We would like to hear from you if you believe you are the right person to deliver this role.  You will be based at Blackwell in Bowness or Abbot Hall in Kendal and you will report to the Chief Executive.  The hours and length of the contract and working arrangements are flexible for the right person, however we envisage it would be a minimum of 6 months activity. This is what we are looking for you to deliver:

  • To identify and develop appropriate funding applications to support the exhibition, artistic and learning and community programmes alongside capital projects for Lakeland Arts
  • To nurture Lakeland Arts’ existing major donors, Patrons and Benefactors and help to develop relationships with new ones through research, data collection and development
  • To deliver the Friends membership scheme, including identifying and recruiting new members and developing the scheme as Lakeland Arts expands with the opening of Windermere Jetty.

To undertake this role we would expect you to have a strong track record of researching and developing successful funding applications to various organisations. You will work closely with senior staff at Lakeland Arts in developing funding plans and applications.

You will be used to networking at different levels and have excellent administration and communication skills. 

If you are interested in working with Lakeland Arts, either freelance or self-employed please complete the proposal form detailing your relevant skills and experience for the role. Your anticipated remuneration for the project along with availability.  If you prefer to be employed please complete the application form. Closing date for proposals/application forms Friday 28 October 2016.

If you’d like to speak to someone before making a decision, please call 01539 888063 to speak with Gordon Watson.

Development Role Application Pack (pdf)
Lakeland Arts Proposal Form (word)
Lakeland Arts Application Form


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