Programmer (Arts Development)

  • Job Reference: randw/TP/621/4461
  • Date Posted: 14 June 2022
  • Recruiter: Richmond Arts Service
  • Location: Twickenham, London
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £32,000 to £39,000
  • Sector: Creative Arts
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Job Description

The Role

Do you want to join an innovative, dynamic and forward-thinking team?

Do you have experience of programming in a cultural organisation?

Would you like to develop a new multi-partner borough-wide arts festival?

Are you passionate about building relationships with cultural organisations and artists?

Who we are

Our mission is to build community through creativity. We foster creativity and enjoyment of the arts, enable people to reflect on their lives and develop new ways of seeing the world. Based at Orleans House Gallery on Twickenham Riverside, we bring thought-provoking art to the borough. We cultivate a network of individuals, organisations and programmes that nourishes the arts, local organisations and communities.

Equality and Diversity 

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

You will 

  • Lead programmes that encourage the development of the arts sector within the borough.
  • Develop a multi-partner festival offering new ways of looking at issues of importance to the Borough’s communities through the arts.
  • Develop a series of programmes strengthening the dance sector, supporting visual artists practising within the borough, and identifying how we can better support Richmond’s contemporary music scene.   
  • Manage partnerships and co-commissioning arrangements and build relationships with cultural organisation in the borough.  
  • Ensure services are communicated well to the relevant audiences and stakeholders. 
  • Contribute to strategic initiatives and policies which increase the effectiveness of our services. 
  • Line-manage two Arts Officers and, with fellow Programmers, lead the wider team of Arts Officers, freelancers, and volunteers

About you

  • You have experience of developing and delivering public-facing creative programmes including festivals and multidisciplinary programmes.  
  • You enjoy building relationships with cultural organisations and providing strategic support. 
  • You can forward plan and manage risk.  
  • You have a commitment to engaging and meeting the needs of diverse audiences.
  • You have experience of managing live events.
  • You manage and lead teams successfully in fast-moving dynamic environments.  

Agile Working 

At Richmond and Wandsworth Councils, we care more about how you work and what you achieve, rather than where you work on any given day. The difference you can make to our local communities is what really matters most to us, service delivery must always come first. We have carefully considered agile ways of working to provide the best experience for residents, stakeholders and our staff. Our agile working strategy actively supports and encourages a dynamic work environment and daily working experience. Agile working helps put the needs of our staff at the centre of everything we do, so if specific flexible working arrangements helps you with this, feel free to let us know. 

Your wellbeing and the flexible way in which you can work is and will remain a key priority for Richmond and Wandsworth Councils. We want you to thrive and feel empowered in your work! 

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home, compressed hours and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore.  


We offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.  

In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.