Help to lead the first full-scale virtual art museum and research centre
Ben Uri Gallery and Museum is seeking experienced applicants to join an enlarged, dynamic, hands-on trustee portfolio holding board.
This is a rare and genuinely exciting management opportunity to accelerate fulfilment of Ben Uri’s strategic medium- and long-term charity objects. We use art differently and aim to deliver long term, potent and distinctive public benefit.
Location is not an issue as all positions can be occupied remotely. Physical meetings are currently held in London but remote engagement is fully established.
Diversity is greatly important to reflect our heritage, ethos, programming and audiences.
Trustees will wish to be ambassadors, supporters and willing to engage their circles.
Ben Uri Gallery and Museum is partnering with Nurole, the leading board-level hiring platform, for this Trustee appointment. To find out more and apply, you will need to request Nurole membership (which is free and completely confidential) here. Nurole has a few criteria for membership and cannot guarantee an invitation to all who request it but if further assistance is needed, please contact alex.osborne@nurole.
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Sustainability and Public Benefit
Strategic Objectives 2020–2040
The strategic objective is to be recognised as the pre-eminent authority and resource provider in these fields:
A pioneering art portal to grow engagements progressively with and through benuri.org – enhanced by our physical gallery and art reference library in St. John’s Wood, London
The Jewish and immigrant contribution to British visual culture since 1900, formalising, enveloping and considerably expanding our 20-year focus through the Ben Uri Research Unit
The design, production and national dissemination of widely accessible digital arts programming for the growing 70+ demographic using our collection as the source. This addresses the practical needs of the residential care sector housing 5% of the quantum and, distinctively, the 95% often living in social isolation and/or with dementia.
The Sustainability and Public Benefit strategic plan was published in October 2018 (see benuri.org) and provides detailed methodology on a seismic shift in how small museums can operate impactfully and cost effectively by redefinition of core purpose and impactful delivery.
Core to this reassessment of the operational disciplines was the prescient transformation to the digital arena, wherever possible, to exploit the unlimited possibilities of a virtual world
benuri.org is the result which incorporates benuricollection.org and buru.org.uk and is a pioneer of a fullscale virtual museum and research centre
The width and depth of content of benuri.org is unparalleled within the sector and expands continually
benuri.org currently presents:
Research Centre for the study and digital recording of the Jewish and immigrant contribution to British visual culture since 1900. Already some 300 individual profiles have been published and some 1,000 candidates undergoing research. This long-term public benefit art programme generates new scholarship, films, podcasts, oral testimonies, exhibitions, publications and collection acquisitions all of which have wide and valuable public benefit applications.
Collections –over 850 works including the 100-strong ‘pre-eminent’ collection trust. All works are fully digitised, searchable with full artist biographies.
Archives – some 10,000 pages of archives since Ben Uri was founded in Whitechapel 1915, including a complete record of over 700 archived exhibitions since 1925.
Arts and Health – our second core public benefit programme pioneering researched, cost-effective, national digital arts programming for the exponentially growing 70+ demographic using our collection of principally Jewish and refugee / immigrant artists as its source