Join the Axis Board of Trustees

***Applications now closed***


Axis are looking for new trustees to join our board and support the next phase of our exciting journey.

As we seek to reflect, regenerate and move forward, we ask; what could Axis be in the future?

In the last 5 years, Axis has reinvented itself as an innovative, disruptive and financially self sustaining digital platform for visual artists. With sound governance, strong reputation, fantastic partners and healthy financial foundations, we have the opportunity to shape and nurture an ambitious and transformative programme. To reimagine and make reality what does not exist yet, be radical and above all be a safe caring space to support the field of visual arts.

What we need

Having carried out a trustee and governance audit, we want to appoint a number of trustees, through 2022.

We are open to and interested in hearing from individuals from diverse backgrounds interested in applying their experience as a trustee for Axis. Axis is part of an AHRC funded research fellowship looking at arts access and policy. We are interested in candidates who consider themselves champions of equal access, anti-racism, and fair distribution in whatever field they work in. Axis is a team in an exciting period of growth and change. We are interested in potential and not just perfection across the board. We strongly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian, or minority ethnic, young, disabled, LGBTQI+.

We are also seeking trustees with experience/skills in the following areas:

  • Digital
  • Financial

All trustees play a public role helping to communicate the case around the role and value of the visual arts.

As a trustee you will be ambitious for Axis, and share our determination to support a more widely engaged and diverse community of artists, commissioners and audiences.

All trustees of Axis are expected to demonstrate: 

  • All trustees of Axis are expected to demonstrate:

  • Strategic skills, including an ability to analyse complex issues, maintain independence of view and to guide and facilitate the resolution of complex debates.

  • Influencing and communication skills, including an ability to develop relationships quickly and maintain/sustain them when dealing with disparate views and agendas, communicating clearly and effectively to a wide range of audiences to gain engagement and buy-in.

  • Adaptability and pragmatism, including an ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances, and be comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty.

  • Team working and collaboration skills, including strong focus, perceptiveness and sensitivity to people issues, to solve collective problems.

  • Pro-active and results orientated, including an energy, drive and resilience to continue to move forward to achieve planned goals, while ensuring everyone is on board.

Next steps 

Download our Recruitment Pack >

To apply, please send us:

  • Why you want to be a trustee of Axis.
  • What experience / knowledge you can contribute.
  • How this experience / knowledge fits with what you are doing at the moment.
  • A completed Conflict of Interest Form, found here.

We will accept your application in the following formats:

  • PDF / Word document (200-500 words)
  • 3-5 minute video / audio recording

Following your application we will ask you to voluntarily complete our equal opportunities questionnaire. This is separate to your application and will not be seen by the selection panel. Please email your applications to: [email protected]


We want to be an inclusive charity. We don’t always get things right, but we keep learning and trying our best. If this recruitment process is not inclusive for you, get in touch and we will find a way that works.

Important dates

  • Application deadline: 9am, Monday 31 January 2022
  • Interviews: Early February 2022 (via Zoom)
  • Attend one board meeting as an observer: Late February/Early March 2022
  • New trustee role taken up by: March 2022