Members - Arts Council of Wales (Welsh Essential)

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Meetings are held on-line, at ACW’s Offices in Cardiff Bay and at various locations throughout Wales. The Council’s response to Covid-19 means that on-line meetings are more likely in the short to medium term.
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: Unpaid, but Members are entitled to travel and other reasonable expenses within agreed limits.
Time Requirements: 1.5 days per month


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

New Arts Council Members appointed by Welsh Government.

Date: 25/03/2021

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    23/11/2020 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Arts Council of Wales is a Welsh Government Sponsored Body, and as such, the Welsh Government sets the strategic agenda for the arts in Wales. It wishes to encourage active participation in the arts, and to ensure that high-quality cultural experiences are available to all people in Wales, irrespective of where they live or of their social background.


Members of the Council are expected to:


  • Participate and contribute effectively to the Council’s activities, particularly in terms of defining and developing its strategic direction, setting and achieving challenging objectives, and supporting Welsh Government policy;
  • Offer review, scrutiny, challenge and support to the executive;
  • Promote high standards of propriety in managing public money, and ensure that the Council’s activities are conducted efficiently and effectively, achieving value for money within a framework of best practice, regularity and propriety;
  • Participate in the corporate planning process, including agreeing annual budget plans for operational programmes and corporate activity;
  • Work as part of a Council that positively values difference and challenges unconscious behaviours, and
  • Appoint, with the Welsh Government’s approval, a Chief Executive, should the necessity arise.

Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment:


Essential Skills

  • Extensive knowledge of the arts in Wales and an understanding of current Welsh Government Arts priorities and policies;
  • A clear understanding of, and a commitment to equality issues and to promoting access to, and engagement in the arts;
  • An detailed understanding of the current challenges facing arts organisations, ACW and those working in the arts, with an ability to think creatively on how these challenges can be addressed;
  • A proven track-record of working within one or more of the following art forms/fields:
  1. how the arts impact on the well-being of diverse communities across Wales and those suffering from inequality;
  2. the creative industries – in particular digital arts, dance, literature;
  3. promotion and development of the arts in local authorities, in education or health institutions;
  4. commercial – an understanding of how commercial and fundraising skills can be applied to maximise benefit for arts organisations.


  • Sound decision making, underpinned by robust analysis and strategic vision;
  • Experience of communicating effectively at all levels; in particular the ability to act as an ambassador for the arts and able to demonstrate tact and diplomacy in dealings with stakeholders;
  • An understanding of the principles of good governance.


We particularly welcome applications from women, disabled people and individuals with an ethnic minority background who are knowledgeable about the arts in Wales, are genuinely interested in the work of the Arts Council of Wales, and can positively contribute to making it a high performing public body.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button on the Welsh Government online recruitment centre. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system.  You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form.  To apply you will need to submit two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates.  This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4.  Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.  The second document is a full, up to date CV.  The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities.  We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years.

It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence.  You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go.  You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.

If you’d like to apply for this opportunity in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Team on:

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