Brid­port Arts Cen­tre, an ACE NPO, is look­ing for a new Director

Bridport Arts Centre, in West Dorset is looking for an energetic new leader who will drive forward our plans, working with our staff and board of trustees, the community in Bridport and our partners locally, nationally and internationally to build an exciting future for the arts centre, and for the wider culture sector in Dorset.

From our 194-seat theatre and other spaces in Bridport we present a year-round programme of theatre, dance, music, spoken word, comedy, film and event cinema. We have a track record of bringing national and internationally recognised artists and touring exhibitions to the Allsop gallery, one of the largest gallery spaces in Dorset. We produce nationally renowned festivals, including From Page to Screen, the UK’s only festival of adaptations from books to film and, since 1973, we have been running the Bridport Prize, a prestigious international creative writing competition, which attracted almost 14,000 entries from 104 countries in 2021. Our BACStage youth theatre was established in 2009 and we run a range of creative workshops and classes for our local community.

We are celebrating our 50th birthday and, while reflecting on our achievements, we look forward to the next half century. We have secured Arts Council England funding for a further three years as a national portfolio organisation, our financial position is sound, with a highly engaged board of trustees, a friendly and committed core team, and a talented pool of creative practitioners and loyal volunteers.

Committed to inclusivity across our organisation, our priority is to ensure our programme and activity reaches and involves our whole community, particularly those that are currently under-represented.

We are keen to hear from candidates with a broad range of experience so if you are interested in the opportunity but not sure if it’s right for you – or if you are right for us – we would encourage you to have a confidential chat with Hazel Province, who is supporting the Board in this recruitment. Details are in the ‘how to apply’ section in the recruitment pack which can be downloaded from

To apply please read through the recruitment pack, then complete the application form and EDI monitoring form and return these, along with any other relevant information in support of your application, to by 9am on 17th April 2023.