Head of Creative Collaboration & Learning

  • Full-Time
  • London
  • Posted 2 days ago
  • May 16, 2022

The Barbican

Head of Creative Collaboration & Learning
Barbican Centre
Salary range – £66,400 to £75,880
Permanent, Full-time role
Ref: BC955

About us

The Barbican is one of the world’s leading arts and education organisations, welcoming over a million visitors and hundreds of artists every year. We are both a civic space for our communities and a multi-platform venue showcasing the best artists, musicians, directors and actors to global audiences.

Our new Creative Collaboration & Learning department will be integral to delivering the Barbican’s ambitious Creative Vision, which has inclusivity and diversity at its core. We want to create a thriving future for all those who collaborate with us. Our activity in arts, education and enterprise will enable meaningful work, possibilities, and support for all our communities.

The role

As Head of Creative Collaboration & Learning, you’ll devise and implement the Barbican’s education, engagement and participation strategy across the Centre’s different art forms and diverse communities. It is a unique opportunity to shape an influential public programme that establishes the Barbican as an international leader in the field of creative education and cultural enterprise.

Your role is to provide strategic and operational leadership to an energetic team of creative learning, public programme, and community engagement specialists. You’ll sustain connections and relationships with local, UK and international partners, and you can expect to be closely involved in fundraising, including our ACE National Portfolio Organisation application. Innovation will be a key driver in all that you do.

The person

This is a leadership role in which you will bring your experience of supporting and enabling an ambitious team of dedicated creative producers and community collaborators. You’ll have a long-standing commitment to community-led programming, and an innovative, change-making approach to education and community engagement. You’ll have experience of developing strategic learning programmes, as well as inspiring, directing and developing colleagues in your team. Excellent communication, influencing and negotiation skills are essential as you will advise up to board level and act as an ambassador for the organisation.  Experience of working with a wide range of communities and audiences is essential, as is a record of successfully supporting fundraising campaigns.


The Barbican welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds and experiences. We are particularly keen to encourage interest from people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+, Black, Asian, and other global majority backgrounds. In recognising the positive value of diversity, we want to better reflect and understand the communities we exist to serve. We are members of the Disability Confident Scheme and guarantee to interview all disabled candidates who would like to be considered under this scheme and who meet the minimum essential criteria for the role. We support and provide adjustments for people with disabilities – if you have a disability and need help with the application process please contact us.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 12pm (midday), 16 May 2022.

Find more information about the role here.

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Alternatively, please contact 020 7332 3978 (24hr answerphone) quoting reference number BC955.  A minicom service for the hearing impaired is available on 020 7332 3732

The Barbican is committed to Equal Opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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