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Literature & Ideas Programmer, Charleston


Charleston is looking for an exceptional person to lead on the artistic planning and delivery of our literature and ideas programme, including the flagship Charleston Festival and Small Wonder Festival.

About Charleston

From 1916 Charleston was the home of two important and influential British artists – Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant – and the country retreat of a collection of individuals known as the Bloomsbury group. The house has been open to the public as a museum since 1986, and its decorative interiors and internationally significant collection are visited by around 25,000 visitors a year.

In 2018 Charleston opened a suite of galleries in a new building, and a flexible auditorium in two Grade II listed barns. Charleston is now building an extensive annual programme of talks, events, performance, workshops and festivals. The centrepiece of our portfolio of festivals is the interdisciplinary Charleston Festival of books, ideas and creativity which runs over 10 days in May. The festival’s Artistic Director Diana Reich stepped down after the 30th anniversary of this pioneering festival in 2019.

Charleston is now a public space for thinking, discussing, making, writing, meeting and working. The events programme is at the heart of the vision to bring new audiences to experience Charleston.

Main purpose of role

To lead on the artistic planning and delivery of a year-round books, discussion and debate strand as part of Charleston’s growing events programme. A significant proportion of the role will be focussed on the Charleston Festival and Small Wonder Festival; however, your expertise and ideas will inform and support the wider programme including new festivals for young people, Queer Bloomsbury and spoken word events both onsite and with partners in the region and further afield.

If you have a track record of delivering consistently exceptional literary programmes and an ambition to further increase Charleston’s profile as a centre of exceptional and original programming, we would love to hear from you.

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The deadline for applications is 15 September 2019

Interviews will take place on 19 September 2019

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