Development Manager

Freelance Engagement, for 15 months from March 2020

Fee: £13600

Travel Budget: £800

Deadline for Applications: 5pm Wednesday 15 January 2020

Role description

This role is crucial to the next phase of Scotland’s Workshops development. Working closely with the Directors’ group you will develop the network through delivering agreed priorities as laid out below and seek out and respond to new opportunities.

Application by email, one document with two page letter of proposal, including timeline for work, and two page CV, to

Enquiries, by email initially to:

Interviews will take place on: 6 February 2020


The post holder should visit all of the organisations within the first two months of the role and base themselves within one or more of the organisations (mutually agreed taking into account the individual’s home location). As a network of 11 organisations we have plenty of locations for you to work from, combined with any home working. There is a travel budget to attend meetings and meet all the organisations.

The Development Manager will be managed by a small Steering Group drawn from the wider group of Directors. You will report directly to the Steering Group on a regular basis and attend the Directors’ meetings.

We estimate a regular commitment of 4 days per month with the rest of the pace of work dependent on the activity that develops.

The Directors’ group meets three times a year and is responsible for considering work areas including Strategy, Finance, Capital Projects, Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion. There is a sub group working on Lobbying.

There are several staff working groups which include focuses on Communications, Learning and Technical provision.

Scotland’s Workshops

Scotland’s Workshops has been initiated by 11 visual arts production facilities working across sculpture, printmaking, photography and glass: Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Highland Print Studio, Peacock Visual Arts, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Edinburgh Printmakers, Glasgow Print Studio, Street Level Photoworks, Stills and North Lands Creative.

The network has come out of a very particular history of committed artist-led activity, ambitious organisational development and strategic governmental support, creating an extraordinary resource, which is recognised as unique to this country. They have a strong public remit in developing skills and engagement in art.

The group members are all independent organisations with different approaches, but share key values of openness, collaboration and exceptional support. All of Scotland’s Workshops are part of Creative Scotland’s portfolio of Regularly Funded Organisations.

Scotland’s Workshops has been in the process of forming since 2017, initially brought together by a handful of its Directors who were keen to explore joint working and benefits of collaboration. The Directors and other staff worked during 2018-19 with Vis-à-vis Agency who helped the network establish a clear operating structure and strategic plan. The network officially launched with a new website and the first Workshops Week in November 2019.


To provide exceptional support, training and production facilities for artists through our collaborative network of established making centres.


To ensure Scotland’s artists have access to the best skills and facilities for producing

contemporary art in the world.


– Open – ensuring access is affordable and fair for all.

– Collaborative – working together to offer the best technical and artistic provision across Scotland.

– Exceptional support, training and facilities for artists through a dynamic network of established making centres.

The postholder will be tasked with:

Seeking out joint projects and appropriate funding and partners in respect to infrastructural projects, capital, capacity building, training and H&S

  • Research and write funding proposals.
  • Alongside the Directors, support and develop ideas with internal and external partners eg Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise.
  • Collating information for internal and external reporting.

Implementation of lobbying plan

  • Work with the Directors to monitor and articulate the ongoing vulnerabilities within the network, using this to inform other work.
  • Coordination of responses to sector changes and reports.
  • Coordination of exhibition at the Scottish Parliament.
  • Maintenance of established Engagement Map and update of the Engagement Map at the end of contract.

Coordination of network communications

  • Gathering ongoing case studies and statistics.
  • Oversee updating of website.
  • Working with the comms group to implement communications plan, including in relation to Workshops Week November 2020.

Coordination of working group meetings in line with the action plan

  • Arranging meetings, creating agendas, ensuring actions are delivered.
  • Ensure meetings take place in different geographic locations.

 Coordination of Directors’ meetings

  • Arranging meetings, creating agendas and minutes, ensuring actions are delivered.
  • Ensure meetings take place in different geographic locations.
  • Attend the Directors’ meetings.


We require an individual with 2+ years professional and project management experience and who can demonstrate an ability to work to deadlines and budgets.

The successful candidate should be able to work unsupervised but be able to manage the relationships, scheduling and workload to fit with the Network’s priorities and deadlines.

The project is wide-ranging and the successful candidate should therefore be able to demonstrate good knowledge of the arts and creative industries sectors.

We expect the successful candidate to have experience in implementing and reporting on research methodologies to support the development of funding proposals and operational models. They should have proven fundraising experience.

We expect the post-holder or firm to demonstrate value for money in their proposal.

For more information about the job, please contact Laura Simpson initially

We can still receive applications and enquiries over the Festive Break but replies will be delayed by the holidays.