29 June – 16 July 2017

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Thank you for your interest in Manchester International Festival (MIF)

We are currently recruiting for new Board members to join our Board as we prepare to run Factory, an extraordinary new multi-arts venue in the heart of Manchester.

We are looking for;

A Young Person (18-25) with a passion for contemporary arts and culture and Manchester’s scene
-Up to 2 board members with national and international experience of: senior arts leadership, large scale venue management with significant commercial knowledge, brand communications

Over the last decade, MIF’s biennial programme of world premieres and special events has won enormous national and international acclaim from audiences, artists and critics alike. Now, MIF is expanding to operate Factory, a hugely ambitious new cultural venue to be housed in a £110 million building designed by leading architects OMA. When it opens in 2019/20, Factory will offer audiences of up to 7,000 the opportunity to enjoy the broadest range of art forms and contemporary cultural experiences all year round in a large-scale, world-class facility.

We are currently looking to recruit the following board members. We welcome candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds. This is a voluntary position and the board meets 5 times a year.


Young person (18-25)

Applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  • a passion for contemporary arts and culture and Manchester’s scene
  • regular involvement in arts, culture or other creative endeavour, through participation or employment
  • knowledge of the wider cultural sector and some understanding of issues around younger people and their creative interests, development and needs, with the ability to develop this knowledge into thinking about how Factory serves the needs of this demographic.
  • confidence in expressing their views
  • the ability to participate in board debate
  • high levels of energy and dedication.

To apply for the young person role, please send a CV and covering email outlining the knowledge and experience you could bring to MIF and Factory to ypboardrecruitment@mif.co.uk. If you have any queries please contact fiona.gasper@mif.co.uk. Your email and CV must reach us by 12 noon on Friday 9th June 2017.


Board members x 2

Up to 2 board members with national and international experience of: senior arts leadership, large scale venue management with significant commercial knowledge, brand communications

To apply for these roles, please send a CV and covering email outlining the experience you could bring to MIF and Factory to boardrecruitment@mif.co.uk. If you have any initial queries please contact tracy.longdin@mif.co.uk.  Your email and CV must reach us by 12 noon  on Monday 12 June. We look forward to hearing from you.

About MIF

Manchester International Festival (MIF) is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events, staged every two years in Manchester, UK. MIF launched in 2007 as an artist-led festival presenting new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture. MIF has commissioned, produced and presented world premieres by artists as diverse as Björk, Steve McQueen, Robert Wilson, Wayne McGregor, Maxine Peake, The xx, Zaha Hadid Architects, Damon Albarn, Punchdrunk, Elbow and Marina Abramović, among many others.

MIF brings together world-renowned artists from different art forms and backgrounds to create dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking new work, which we stage in a rich tapestry of venues across Greater Manchester – everywhere from theatres, galleries and concert halls to railway depots, churches and car parks. We work closely with venues, festivals and other cultural organisations around the world, whose financial and creative input helps to make many of our projects possible. We also work widely within communities around Manchester, originally with MIF Creative and now with a new initiative called My Festival.

MIF is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee.

About Factory

Factory will be a new kind of large-scale multi-arts venue in the heart of Manchester. Designed by OMA and with an ambitious vision inspired by MIF, Factory will be capable of making and presenting the widest range of art forms under one roof across more than 13,500 square metres of floor space.

Factory will commission, produce and present innovative contemporary work throughout the year, serving as a genuine cultural counterweight to London. The building’s component areas, a 5,000-capacity warehouse and a versatile theatre space with a capacity of between 1,600 and 2,100, can be arranged into a variety of different configurations, creating spaces suitable for a diverse array of performances, displays and making. Factory will also offer significant opportunities for learning, training and participation, playing a leading role in developing future generations of technicians, producers and creatives.