The Cultural Spring – Board Recruitment

The Cultural Spring Charity is Recruiting Board members!

About Us

The Cultural Spring has been operating as a project hosted by the University of Sunderland and funded by Arts Council England since 2014 through their Creative People and Places programme. Working with communities across Sunderland and South Tyneside, we are a community arts project aiming to bring arts activities and programmes to areas which have low engagement with the arts. We promote any art or craft, but to date, we have focused mainly on music, the visual arts, theatre, dance, creative writing and storytelling and crafts including textiles, ceramics, calligraphy, and jewellery making.

Our programme is influenced by local people who are an important part of our decision making processes. Our offer is often free or low cost to ensure that money is not a barrier for participation.

We have worked with over 50,000 people since 2014, through large scale events, workshop activities in a range of community venues, a Go and See programme and Your Art-Community Commissioning. Most recently we have commissioned art and craft packs from local artists, facilitated online workshop opportunities and a range of non-digital projects aimed at people who are digitally excluded.

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We have recently created our organisation, The Cultural Spring Charity and are looking for some new trustees to join our Board and support our development, at the beginning of our journey as a new organisation. We currently have four trustees, but can have up to 12.

We are particularly interested in hearing from people who are new to Boards and governance work. We want to have a diverse board, including people with a range of life / lived experiences.

You may be one of our project’s current Community Champions who might be interested in this role.

We would be delighted to receive applications from you if you are able to meet the following criteria:

  1. Passionate about bringing your own personal experience and voice to ensure the board is inclusive of who we work with and represent.
  2. Passionate about how the arts can make positive change a reality for all.
  3. We are looking for people to support these areas of our development; generating income e.g. via grant applications, earned income streams and fundraising, HR, Digital, Press and PR, Marketing and Planning.
  4. Have specialist skills to add to one of our sub committees, we have three;
  • Finance & Fundraising
  • Ambition and Quality
  • Inclusivity and Relevance
  1. Able to commit to attend 6-10 board meetings each year, including away days and sub committees. Board members must attend at least 75% of meetings organised.

At the moment meetings are held online using Teams, we are looking to introduce a mix of in person meetings in a range of community venues across South Tyneside and Sunderland and online sessions moving forward to aid board involvement.

Our first few 2022 meetings are planned for:

Board Meeting: Wednesday 19 January -10am

Board Meeting: Wednesday 2 March – 10am

Away Day: February/April  date tbc after discussion with Board members at January’s meeting

What we offer in return:

  • An opportunity to help shape a new Charity from its very beginning
  • A fully comprehensive induction process for all Board members and bespoke support arranged to meet all your needs in becoming a brilliant board member.
  • A buddying system with our existing trustees.
  • This is a voluntary role, however, out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. For example, travel costs for attending Board meetings / away days / sub group meetings

How to apply:

Having read through this pack, we’d be delighted if you expressed an interest in one of our board member opportunities:

  1. Please express your interest by: 12noon Monday 15 November
  2. Please contact Emma Horsman, if you would like to discuss any of the roles or the process before you apply or would welcome access assistance with your expression of interest. Emmawill arrange for you to speak to a board member in advance of you applying.
  3. When you apply, please send us a letter which includes how you fit the criteria outlined above and why you are applying for the role, provide a C.V (if you have one), provide names and contact details of two referees and a completed Equal Opportunities Form:

If you’d prefer to provide your letter digitally, please do so in a video file (please provide this as a link either to or to view online i.e. a private view/unlisted video on youtube or vimeo).

  1. Please submit your application to Emma Horsman, Emma will acknowledge this and let you know the next steps.
  2. We’ll let you know more about how the interview/s, and any associated engagement with the current Board and stakeholders around the interview process, nearer the time.
  3. References will be taken up in advance of the formal confirmation of any appointment.
  4. A full induction will be provided with Board buddying system and bespoke, support and training where needed to meet your needs in becoming a brilliant board member.



Briefing Sessions

We will also be hosting two briefing sessions for people interested in joining our board. These provide an opportunity to meet the existing board members and ask any questions you may have about joining the board.

The briefing sessions will be held on the following dates / times:

  • In person: Tuesday 12 October 5-6pm venue tbc
  • online (zoom): Thursday 21 October 6-7pm

To sign up to one of these briefing sessions please email and confirm which session you would like to attend.


For our full recruitment pack please click here.