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Exciting Employment Opportunites at Inverlochy Art School

Exciting Employment Opportunites at Inverlochy Art School



Executive Director

Reports to

Inverlochy Art School Committee

Responsible for

       Creative Director

       Office Administrator

       Temporary in-house staff (e.g. interns, volunteers)



February 2021



To manage and oversee Inverlochy Art School, building relationships that develop its profile and programmes,  and ensure its future stability. A core part of the role is overseeing the maintenance of IAS systems, equipment, studios and building.

The Executive Director ensures the IAS implements the intentions of the Society as laid out in the Rules of the Society (3) regards managing the activities of the school and ensuring its effective functioning as an organisation.


School Management

-       In collaboration with the Creative Director, develop and maintain the annual Business Plan to deliver on the strategic direction and vision for IAS as agreed with the Committee.

-       In collaboration with the Creative Director, ensure the implementation of the annual programme of courses, workshops, exhibitions and events, and other related initiatives as set out in the Business Plan.

-       Manage the smooth running of the school through effective systems, devising, communicating and reviewing procedures as required.

-       Manage suppliers and external providers as required

-       Maintain excellent communication with students, staff and other stakeholders

-       Manage appropriate staffing to safely cover operating hours of the school.

-       Ensure appropriate and secure ICT is in place

-       Oversee the management and maintenance of Inverlochy House, with appropriate providers

-       Ensure IAS is compliant with all relevant laws, codes and practices (including Health & Safety), drawing up policies and training/informing other staff where required

-       Provide regular (not less than monthly) reporting to the Committee.

-       Oversee effective inventory management to ensure all programmes, events and exhibitions can be effectively run.

-       Oversee effective studio useage and programme delivery spaces.

-       Takes all reasonable measures to ensure the security of people and property at IAS

Business Development

-       Deliver business development and revenue targets for IAS as agreed with the IAS Committee.

-       Develop and grow the school through sound business practices and take advantage of opportunities

-       Monitor and review current trends in collaboration with the Creative Director and respond proactively

-       Work with the Creative Director to raise the profile of IAS in line with our goals to  establish benefits/incentive programmes and leverage the membership base to the benefit of both the school and its members.

Marketing and PR (in collaboration with the Creative Director)

-       Manage sales and marketing of courses, programmes & events

-       Work with the Creative Director to ensure effective promotion and marketing of IAS

-       Ensure design and delivery of events (including exhibitions & competitions)

-       Build effective relationships with groups and individuals in the wider arts and local community

-       Foster initiatives that strengthen Inverlochy relationship with its wider community and builds new connections

-       Ensure effective customer relations


-       Identify and make applications for funding and grants to support the operation and growth of the school

-       Identify and implement fundraising activities in keeping with the intentions of the Society that support the operation and growth of the school.

People Leadership

-       Manage and supervise all staff, contractors and temporary in-house

-       Foster and support professional development for staff

-       Ensure compliance with all employment and relevant law and good practice as regards staff, contractors and volunteers working for or on behalf of IAS. Draft policies and provide training/documentation/changes to procedures for other staff where required.

-       Provide regular performance reviews and provide regular updates to the Committee on staff management.

-       Foster student participation in wider school and community arts activities particularly exhibitions,competitions, events at IAS etc

Financial Management

-       Ensure the financial sustainability and health of IAS

-       Set fees for programmes in consultation with the Creative Director

-       Develop, manage and track the annual budget to ensure financial health of the school.

-       Ensure day-to-day financial management activities and duties including payable, reconciliation, banking and payroll duties are compliant, effectively managed and delivered.

-       Provide financial reports to the Committee and other agencies as required by law and escalate risks and issues as they emerge.

-       Arrange for annual audit with an outside independent auditor to ensure the soundness of finances



-       A relevant tertiary qualification


-       Experience in managing and promoting arts education/community organisations

-       Experience in business planning and delivery, and maintaining effective daily processes

-       Good track record of effective financial, resource and people management

-       Experience in providing service to customers (directly or indirectly)

-       Experience of the charitable/not for profit sector is highly desirable


Skills, Knowledge, Abilities, Personal Attributes, Behaviours, Competencies:

-       Effective written and verbal communication skills

-       Excellent relationship building skills

-       Good understanding of basic accounting principles

-       Competence in Microsoft office systems

-       Competence in Xero or similar business accounting system

-       Competence in the use of social media

-       Knowledge of website management systems (CMS) and use of Google Drive preferred but not essential

-       Resourceful and proactive

-       Excellent organisational and planning abilities with a strong customer focus

-       Passionate about visual arts and creative education





Creative Director

Reports to

Inverlochy Art School Committee

Responsible for

Tutors/workshop leaders/resident artists and similar


February 2021



To provide overall creative leadership and support to the executive director to develop the business and educational programme offerings of Inverlochy Art School.

The Creative Director sets the creative direction and ensures the educational integrity of IAS. This role is responsible for ensuring that IAS is true to the intentions of the Society as laid out in the Rules of the Society (3) in terms of fostering and providing instruction to students in many branches of fine arts through:


Educational Development

-       Develop annual programme of courses, workshops, exhibitions and other events  in collaboration with the Executive Director for inclusion in the annual Business Plan     

-       Ensure design and delivery of programmes and courses appropriate to the school’s aims[SB1] .

-       Maintain a current knowledge of art curricula and programmes in NZ relevant to IAS students.

-        Identify and design new initiatives that align with  current and emerging trends in art education,

-       Ensure training and education is consistent with IAS pedagogy and practice .

-       Foster and encourage a culture of positive, engaged learners, and serve as a strong advocate for the school’s core values—including developmental philosophy and community involvement.

Artistic Presence and Profile (in collaboration with the Executive Director)

-       Ensure design and delivery of events (including exhibitions,competitions and other visual arts related events)

-       Foster initiatives and build effective relationships with relevant stakeholders, groups and individuals in the wider arts and local community

-       Ensure effective customer relations

People Leadership

-       Manage and supervise tutors and other providers of arts education at IAS

-       Foster and support professional development for tutors

-       Encourage student participation in wider school and community arts activities particularly exhibitions and competitions



-       Experience of working in the visual arts

-       Experience in working for and/or leading a community agency or group

-       Good business development/marketing skills

-       Understanding of arts education and learning pedagogies in this field

-       Experience in leading and supervising staff


-       Level 4 or 5 Certificate in Adult Education, or equivalent years of tutoring experience


Skills, Knowledge, Abilities, Personal Attributes, Behaviours, Competencies:


·       Excellent writing and editing skills.

·       Excellent planning and organisational skills.

·       Excellent relationship management skills

·       Ability to think strategically.

·       strong interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills, and experience with diverse communities

·       Contemporary database and Microsoft office expertise.

·       Good time management skills

·        A commitment to continuous improvement through personal development and sharing of best practise

      A high level of professionalism and personal integrity in the conduct of your duties to support the reputation of IAS


 Inverlochy Art School Summer 2021

Inverlochy Art School Summer 2021

Rumour has it this is one of the most challenging summer weather patterns yet but this has not stopped the Inverlochy team from continuing the spruce up of the school. Most noticeable is the transformation of our kitchen area all created from discarded materials inclusive of the mosaic back splash, kitchen bench and new table. Storage areas are near organizational completion which will ensure a more efficient use of materials and assist with future budgeting plans. 

All hands of deck for this one - Our garden clean-ups will continue the last Saturday of every month weather permitting with our first one planned for this Saturday 30th January from 10-12.  Bring gloves, sunhats and favourite gardening tools.  We will have some tools on site. This is a great way to stay fit, learn gardening tips and meet new people. 

The canvases from The Inverlochy Collective are now in place at the Sojourn Apartment Hotel in Newtown. Mike Price, owner, had an opening celebration for the artists last week.  Some of the work can be seen here on the Sojourn site. in the 'gallery' section.  We have been asked to create more art for a future development!  More details on taking part in that fundraiser will be in a future Inverlochy notification.

Congratulations to six students from Sarah Brock’s Wednesday class.  The exhibitors, Bruce Ingoe, Jane Stephens, Rachel Radford, Nadya Nicholson, Jeannette Troon and Clare Burton, have curated a collective show of paintings in six distinct styles. Their exhibition will be at Thistle Hall from 15-21 February.  You can find out more at

Congratulations to Denise Durkin for her feature article in the Ina Arraoui print making magazine.  You can read more about Denise at

We have several new tutors who have joined the Inverlochy staff.  Please check out our tutor page which includes all the fabulous returning tutors as well as some new faces.

We have 37 courses/workshops on offer for term one which begins on 15 February and runs to 12 April.  There will also be new workshops offered throughout the term so keep an eye out on our website for new updates. 

We ran nine summer holiday programmes for all ages with large crowd of teen attendees this year.  Several of the courses were booked out well before the holiday season began.  The children’s programmes were back up running with several options on offer – print making, young artist exploration, drawing, cartooning & zines. Please spread the word that we have young artists afterschool classes running this term Monday – Thursday with either Rachele Silver or Rowena Fry. 

We will be outsourcing our interior cleaning duties this year.  A private company will come to the school on a weekly basis for a thorough clean of all classrooms, bathrooms and kitchen area.  We will not have anyone on site who is responsible for cleaning 24/7 therefore it will be important that everyone helps keep our house tidy.

Our first board meeting will be on Thursday 18 February.  This meeting will focus on our priorities for 2021 and a strategic update. A main focus will be our change of management plan as the interim managers(Cheryl & Denise) move aside for a new team to make their mark.   Any concerns, issues or innovative ideas for Inverlochy are welcome.  Please email [email protected] and we will discuss at our board meeting.


*image above created by Liz Stretton in the Cold Wax Medium summer workshop run by Anna Layzell.

Forty Six Canvases - November 2020

Forty Six Canvases - November 2020

A painting marathon it was!  The Inverlochy Collective created forty six abstract canvases in twenty three hours for the new Sojourn apartment hotel in Newtown.  Mike Price of Sojourn contacted IAS to gauge our interest in painting 80 canvases for a donation to the school.  We agreed to forty given the 5 December deadline. 

Our weekend of painting quickly evolved into an amazingly fun staff development topped with yummy food, wine and groovey tunes. Painting techniques and ideas were shared and implimented in creative new ways.  The freedom to explore new techniques was liberating for some whilst others found the contraints of working on a canvas quite daunting.    

The initial start was a challenge which was quite surprising given all particpants are practicing artist.  We did discuss the possibility of recreating Yves Klein's 1960 Anthropometry of the Blue Epoch in which the female proxies smeared their bodies in Klein's signature blue pigment.  After a thorough giggle session, we opted for a different plan.  

Rowena Fry and Stephanie Turgoose painted in a Colour Field style in which colour was more the driver as compared to active gestures. Techniques such as pouring paint instead of using a brush were used to draw attention to the relationship between the canvas and shapes that emerged. Denise Durkin and Christine Gregory broke away from their conventional techniques to produce completely Abstract Art that reflects a dynamic gestural form that shares their emotions and unique personalities. Cheryl Corrado, a mixed media artist, was totally out of her element and found working on canvases very disconcerting and an incredible challenge. 

Sarah Brock added a new dimension to our nonstructured painting by joining us on the second day.  Her seemingly organic images were painted using overlapping colours which created subtle spatial relationships and varying degrees of depth. 

We deemed this weekend a fun and successful event with positive bonding and learning for the tutors involved. To top it off we made way for a donation of much needed funds for Inverlochy Art School! Check for updates on our website or sign up for our newsletters to find out about the next exciting Inverlochy experience.  Hope to see you there. :)

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  • Forty Six Canvases - November 2020
  • Forty Six Canvases - November 2020
  • Forty Six Canvases - November 2020



In October Brian and Jane from Brass and Glass Photographic Alchemy came to Inverlochy to teach an exciting, introductory workshop.  Students crafted their own portrait tintype and experienced the magic of silver and light combining to create the 19th century tintype.  Tintypes are created in an authentic bellows camera, processed under red light in a darkroom, then washed, dried and varnished. With care, the priceless heirloom photograph will last for decades without fading or changing colour.


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