Galway Dance Project Seeks Board Members

Galway Dance Project (GDP) is seeking to expand its Board of Directors and to build on its current skill-set of board expertise as it enters into a new and exciting phase of development.

GDP is looking for one or two individuals from the arts, community and business sectors to work alongside the existing board of six non-executive directors to support the executive in delivering the objectives of GDP.

As Galway prepares for its designation as European Capital of Culture in 2020, GDP is preparing for its busiest year yet which will see it deliver a dance project as part of the 2020 programme. This will run alongside GDP’s year-round programme of events. 

GDP welcomes applications from one or two enthusiastic and committed individuals with a passion for the arts and with a keen interest in dance as an art form. In particular, we welcome professionals with experience or a background in finance, legal matters, not-for-profit governance, organisational and strategic planning, producing and/or venue management. We also welcome expressions of interest from dance practitioners and/or dance enthusiasts.

Key Responsibilities:

Responsibilities of board members include, but are not limited to:

  • Attendance at a minimum of 4 Board Meetings annually in addition to the AGM.  Dial-in is possible for these meetings
  • Ability to input in to the strategic development of the organisation with a view to supporting the development of a Strategic Plan
  • Work with fellow board members to support the General Manager in their management of the organisation
  • Become familiar with governance practice and the responsibilities of board members

Desirable Skills:

  • An interest in the arts and cultural sector and its development in Galway
  • Previous experience as a board member of an arts or other non-profit organisation desirable
  • Business acumen and experience in strategic planning and development

PLEASE NOTE: Galway Dance Project is a not-for-profit organisation and these are voluntary positions. Board members do not receive payment for their services but travel and associated expenses will be reimbursed. 

  • Board Members must be at least 18 years of age. 
  • Each member is appointed for a term of five years. However it is possible to serve a shorter term.

If you are interested in being involved with Galway Dance Project during its next stage of development, please outline your interest and suitability for the role to: 
Sinead McPhillips, Chairperson, Galway Dance Project

GDP was established in 2011 to support the development of professional dance practice and dance as an art form throughout Galway city and county.  We provide an on-going programme of classes, workshops and public events as well as providing production supports to dance practitioners. GDP is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Galway City and County councils.

For the Galway 2020 programme, GDP will present Galway Moves, a series of site-specific performances inspired by Galway’s landscape connecting the dance community and the general public.

In 2019, we developed the GDP Dance bursary for travel and training for dance artists and we are supporting a number of projects by Galway-based dance professionals. Furthermore Galway Dance Project is committed to the development of professional dance resources in the city. To that end, we wish to strengthen our expertise in strategic arts planning and partnership development, finance and fundraising, cultural infrastructure development, marketing and communications.