PROFORMA is looking to appoint trustees


Contact: Chris Bailkoski

North West Artist-led Initiative in Search of Trustees

Manchester-based arts organisation, PROFORMA, is inviting applications for four new positions of Chair and Trustees on their Board of Directors & Trustees. Chosen members will work with the PROFORMA team to prepare the organisation for its inaugural launch of a national and international artist-led programme for 2019/20.

PROFORMA is an artist-led exhibition series of visual art utilising time restricted exhibition frameworks to produce contemporary art events in site-specific and non-gallery spaces. In 2018 PROFORMA premiered their first exhibition, showcasing 15 artists and 18 new commissions during an exclusive one-night performance.

PROFORMA champions contemporary art practitioners and exists to develop these artists professionally through four main areas:

  • Supporting emerging artists by providing opportunities for them to transition into a sustainable practice 

  • Nurturing artistic and curatorial talent from the north-west by providing a platform for exchange and collaborations with communities and professionals regionally, nationally and internationally

  • Creating exhibition opportunities locally, nationally and internationally

  • Commissioning new artwork


The launch of the trustee scheme presents an opportunity for founding trustees to help develop the profile of UK North West based contemporary practitioners both nationally and internationally. Members will work closely with project director and founder, Chris Bailkoski, alongside a small and dedicated team of volunteers.


PROFORMA is currently transitioning into a registered legal entity, and this will be a unique opportunity for experienced individuals to actively develop this new and distinctive art organisation. If applying please read the requirements of the role below, expressions of interest should be sent to by Monday 25 February 2019.


Applications for the position of Trustee is Now Open please see below for requirements and commitments.


Potential trustees will:

  • Have a knowledge of fundraising and marketing strategies

  • Have time to participate in approximately three general meetings per year with creative director, Chris Bailkoski, to ensure the organisation is meeting its aims and financial commitments and legal obligations/ requirements

  • Be able to advise on business and fundraising strategy

  • Act as an advocate for proforma, its exhibitions and represented artists

  • Be able to offer relevant professional advice within your area of expertise

  • Create links with suitable partners

  • Identify new opportunities within and beyond the creative industries

  • Have Significant recent experiences in the Arts at senior leadership level

  • Have excellent team working skills

  • Meet the Charity Commissions trustee eligibility criteria

If applying for the position of Chair, previous relevant experience is required. 


Trustees are expected to participate in three meetings during a 12-month period.

Trustees are appointed for a one-year term with votes at an additional annual general meeting to decide on new members and trustees going forward.

Each term can be renewed for another 12 months.

The position is not remunerated but agreed reasonable travel and expenses will be reimbursed.

Expressions of interest

If you are interested or have any further questions then get in touch, we would be happy to hear from you to discuss any queries.

Applications can be made by sending a copy of your CV and covering letter to Chris Bailkoski at no later than Monday 25.02.2019.