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Communications Coordinator

Calling all art lovers! Do you have a passion for making art accessible to a wider audience? Skilled in the area of marketing and communications? If so, this could be the opportunity you’re looking for…

Drawing Room is an internationally renowned non-profit gallery stimulating debate around the nature and purpose of drawing today. Through free exhibitions, artists’ talks, practical workshops and a unique library for international contemporary drawing, they aim to nurture the production of drawings and promote understanding of them.

They are looking for a Communications Coordinator to lead on communicating Drawing Room’s core values and programme to existing and new audiences and stakeholders on a local, national and international level.

The position involves working closely with the Drawing Room team. The successful applicant is expected to attend private views and a proportion of other Drawing Room events and be an advocate for the organisation.

Management and Planning

  • Manage and deliver Drawing Room’s communications strategy
  • Ensure that the above is integrated within all aspects of Drawing Room’s activities, inducting new staff, trainees and volunteers accordingly
  • With the Co-Directors, manage the communications budget, ensuring best value for money
  • Keep up to date with communication trends and developments
  • Take responsibility for compliance with legislative responsibilities including data protection, copyright and ensure all licences are kept up to date


  • Interpret, in collaboration with curatorial and engagement staff, Drawing Room’s activities as visual and written language for a range of channels including, web, social media, press and print
  • Work with graphic designers to produce regular, high quality print materials for exhibition and publicity
  • Oversee distribution of marketing materials locally, nationally and internationally
  • With the team communicate Drawing Room’s programme in line with the organisation’s current brand and ethos through signage, leaflets, exhibition guides, etc.
  • Maintain and develop reciprocal marketing with peer organisations and cultural networks


  • Devise, manage and deliver press campaigns for each exhibition
  • With the Directors, curatorial and engagement staff write press notices to suit a range of press including local, national and art specialist and manage their distribution to key media contacts
  • Handle press enquires in a timely and effective manner, including providing images and other information as required


  • Management and administration of Drawing Room’s website including content uploading
  • Develop Drawing Room’s website, in liaison with Drawing Room team and their web designer, to improve access to digital resources and to platform new strands of the Engagement programme (a full-time Engagement Curator was appointed Sept 2019)
  • Manage and update Mailchimp and train other staff members in its use
  • Produce and send regular mailings using Mailchimp (approx. 2 per month)
  • Maintain a strong presence and following across online channels including website and social media, producing content and ensuring quality
  • Manage on-line listings for events and exhibitions


  • The successful applicant should understand contemporary issues regarding the importance of inclusivity and will consider it essential to embed equality, diversity, and inclusion as a fundamental part of Drawing Room
  • Perform other duties, as assigned
  • Evening and weekend hours are required


  • Knowledge of current best practice in promoting contemporary arts and/or arts venues
  • Proven experience of marketing
  • Strong digital skills and experience of using a variety of social media platforms
  • Experience of website administration – Expression Engine, WordPress or similar CMS
  • Experience of working with a CRM system
  • Knowledge of contemporary visual arts
  • Experience of print production and distribution
  • Experience of planning highly targeted/segmented email and other marketing campaigns
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to write about contemporary art in an accessible way
  • Proven proof reading and copywriting skills with attention to detail
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent knowledge of Word, Excel, Photoshop
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • A commitment to equal opportunities
  • Evening and weekend hours are a necessary part of the role
  • This role allows for flexible working patterns



  • Send the following to Suzie Jones by the end of Tuesday 5 November (midnight)
    • Your CV
    • A supporting statement explaining your suitability for the role (please address the points on the Person Specification)
    • The details of two referees
  • They are interested in applicants from a range of backgrounds, particularly Black and Minority Ethnic, as this group is currently underrepresented in their sector
  • For more information, please contact Suzie Jones, Gallery Manager suzie@drawingroom.org.uk / 020 7708 2554
  • Interviews are expected to take place Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 November 2019
  • Please do not contact the company directly