Application deadline: 
Sunday, 31 January, 2021 - 17:00
Gateway Studio CIO

Gateway Studio CIO Trustees Needed

Gateway Studio is a dance and related arts charity based in the heart of Gateshead Town Centre providing dance and fitness classes ranging from foundation courses for young people seeking a professional career in dance to community education building confidence and expression. We seek to change people’s lives through increased engagement in the arts.

We also provide space for other arts organisations and are engaged in a capital programme with help from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to create an inspirational centre of arts, heritage and community in our grade 1-listed building.


We are looking for people to join our board and support us at this exciting time in our development as we expand our range of creative activities. Our board of trustees has overall responsibility for the charity and ensuring that the organisation is managed effectively, ethically and sustainably. Being a trustee will enable you to use your knowledge and experience to support our work and the cultural sector more widely. It will also give you the opportunity to develop new skills.

More information about being a trustee can be found on the Charity Commission website.

Our board meetings are currently held monthly by Zoom and in more normal times at The Trinity Centre in Gateshead High Street. All positions are voluntary but out-of-pocket expenses such as reasonable travel and childcare will be reimbursed.


Gateway Studio was first formed in 2012 as a community interest company by Martin Hylton, an award-winning dancer who is now the Artistic Director of the charity. We receive some funding from Arts Council England and other bodies but also from classes and room hire. We provide professional contemporary dance training to young people through our Youth Dance Programme and our Phoenix Academy North East. There are also classes for children from age 5, dance fit, afrofunk and ballet barre for adults.

We also work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, looked-after children and young people with behavioural problems We run educational courses and projects in partnership with schools, colleges, charities and other arts organisation.

We provide space for other artists and art forms and help nurture talent often from the black and multi-ethnic communities.

What we are looking for

If you are passionate about the performing arts, committed to helping young people meet their full potential and to building a centre of arts, community and heritage we would like to hear from you. We welcome applications from anyone who believes they can make a strong contribution and are particularly interested in

• Individuals with board experience and understanding of arts organisations who can help us work towards becoming a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England

• People with experience of business, finance, law and management

• Artists from disciplines other than dance to help us spread the range of creative activity and champion the range of artistic issues that matter to us

• Encouraging people with lived experiences of ethnic diversity, black people of African diaspora heritage, people with Central, West, South or East Asian heritage to join the board

Gateway Studio is proud to be a culturally rich and diverse organisation and welcomes applications from all, irrespective of colour, race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age and background.


If you are interested in becoming a trustee of Gateway Studio please email the Chair of the Trustee Board, Sue Wilson, and tell us why you would like to join our board and how your experience could help us realise our vision. A short CV would be helpful.

The deadline for applications is January 31st 2021 and interviews will take place shortly afterwards.

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