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Operations & Development Director

Operations & Development Director Babylon ARTS (ADEC)

£35,000 per annum (pro rata)

Fixed term post (4 days a week) until 31st October 2021

Closing date for applications:   12 noon, Friday 23rd February 2018  

Interviews: week beginning 5th March 2018

We are seeking to appoint an Operations & Development Director to provide leadership and management of the strategic priorities and finances of Babylon ARTS and directly manage its Arts Council England funded Market Place programme, reporting to both the Babylon ARTS (ADEC) Board of Trustees and the Market Place Consortium.

This role is funded 50/50 between Babylon ARTS and Arts Council England. The opportunity for the recruitment for this post follows a restructure which has seen the creation of three new positions – an Operations & Development Director, Market Place Creative Manager and a freelance Creative Producer to deliver the programme.

Market Place is a Creative People and Places (CPP) programme which is designed to develop new ways of engaging more people in and empowering them through great arts experiences in areas of least engagement. Supporting seven market towns of Fenland and Forest Heath to bring creativity, fun and excitement to the region; Market Place has an extension for its Phase 1 programme through to Autumn 2018 and Phase 2 will run from October 2018 – 2021.

The ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate strong leadership qualities with the ability to deliver business and financial planning and oversee implementation of a multi-arts, community led programme.  An understanding of the local arts environment would be ideal but not essential.

For an overview of the current Market Place programme please go to:

For an overview of Babylon ARTS (ADEC) please go to:

Applications of CV and covering letter will only be accepted as email attachments, and must be returned with an equal opportunities form to: by 12 noon on Friday 23rd February 2018.

Please download  Application Pack Operations & Development Director and Equal Opportunities Monitoring form.

Job share not available for this role.

For further information, or an informal chat about the post, please contact: Linda Holland, Babylon ARTS Trustee: Tel: 07933 769511.


Development Commissions – Round 3 – NOW CLOSED


Market Place is building audiences for the arts by supporting new activity that reaches new audiences in the market towns of Forest Heath (Brandon, Mildenhall, Newmarket) and Fenland (Chatteris, March, Whittlesey and Wisbech).  As well as developing and delivering exciting and inspirational events in our seven towns, Market Place has also commissioned a range of artists, arts organisations and community groups to deliver their own new projects which reach new audiences.


Development Commissions are open to anyone wanting to contribute to building the creative offer in the market towns of Forest Heath and Fenland. Creative businesses and professional artists are eligible to apply alongside voluntary arts groups, community organisations and young people. In developing your commission we would encourage you to collaborate with project partners to ensure that you have the capacity and skills to deliver your proposed idea.

Priorities for Round 3 of the Development Commission will be given to projects that:

  1. Support artists or arts organisations and community groups or organisations to work in new partnerships and to develop arts programmes or events, which are new or are of a scale or ambition that they have not delivered before
  2. Reach audiences who are new to the arts (as participants or audience) including marginalised or minority communities and individuals.
  3. Develop new arts programmes or events, which may be sustainable in the future.
  4. Have the potential to lever match funding or income in the short to medium term (i.e. beyond the life of this commission)
  5. Have the potential to reach across more than one of the Market Place towns.

Round 3 deadline 30th August 2017. Applications Round is now CLOSED.

Projects for Round 3 Development Commissions need to commence after 15 June 2017.

There is £40,000 in total for the whole Market Place region in 2017, with additional professional support from the Market Place team. We will provide up to £4,000 per commission. In some instances, the panel may not award the full amount, which is applied for. A spread across the towns is sought and awards will be made considering local need and strength of applications.


  • If you have an idea for an arts activity that will develop arts audiences within the Market Place area, but are not sure it fits the Development Commissions, please do contact Catherine Mummery, our Programme Manager at 
  • Receive one-to-one support to develop a project idea and a proposal via a meeting (in person or via Skype or by phone)
  • Send us you initial draft proposals so one of the Market Place team can raise any questions, or give advice to strengthen final proposals, to increase the likelihood of success
  • All activities must be completed by 30th April 2018. 







Organisations making submissions, which are passed by the panel, will need to agree to terms and conditions to receive final approval and support. Details of the agreement can be found in the Guidance for Applicants pack.

If you have any questions about the development commissions, please contact Catherine Mummery, our Programme Manager, at or call 01353 611 591.

Volunteer Roles

We really value volunteers. They bring their own experiences, insights and interests to Market Place, helping us gain new perspectives and develop links with local communities.

Volunteers can be involved in a range of roles from marketing support to events management, research and work with databases, social media and offline promotion. Different people volunteer for various reason. You may want to try something new or gain new skills and experience, or maybe meet new people and get behind-the-scenes of the arts, or just to give something back to your local community.

If you would like to know more about volunteering for Market Place, please send your CV and expression of interest to Kayleigh Boyle at