Thu, Jul 23
The Bomb Factory Art Foundation
No Room Left in the Margins
Online Film Screening


Since successfully establishing itself as a charity in 2017, The Bomb Factory Art Foundation has flourished as an artist studio space that gives back to the community. The Bomb Factory has developed a wide-ranging exhibition, events and education programme that serves a diverse audience. The Bomb Factory Art Foundation punches above its weight:  It currently houses 25 artists and delivers approximately 22 exhibitions and events per year, with a staff of 1.5 FTE and turnover of £93,000. 

The Bomb Factory is looking for a new Chair to help build its funding portfolio so that it may sustain and capitalise on this success. The Chair will also lead on capital planning, considering opportunities for developing the existing site or acquiring a new site. The new Chair will inherit an excellent board of trustees with extensive experience in contemporary art, arts education, arts finance and management, and digital technology. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in contemporary art and who believes in the power of art to change lives. 


This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about contemporary art, artist development and community engagement with art. The Chair will have a strong track record in leadership in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. Ideal candidates will have the following skills, experience and background:

  • Significant leadership experience in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector

  • Understanding and appreciation of contemporary art

  • Experience as a board member or board chair 

  • Fundraising and donor cultivation experience 

  • Diplomacy skills and the ability to cultivate relationships 

  • Ability to build consensus among diverse individuals 

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to interpret finance and accounting reports and statements

Duties and Responsibilities

The Chair will develop and sustain the work of The Bomb Factory Art Foundation by providing leadership in governance, strategic planning, stakeholder relationships and fundraising. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring The Bomb Factory complies with all legal and fiduciary responsibilities and requirements

  • Leading the Board and Managing Director in the development and implementation of The Bomb Factory’s strategic plan 

  • Developing and managing relationships with key stakeholders 

  • Identifying, cultivating and stewarding fundraising opportunities and funder relationships

  • Ensuring The Bomb Factory’s annual budget, audit reports, and any materials needed for business decisions are presented to the board

  • Ensuring The Bomb Factory has appropriate performance metrics and performance reporting mechanisms in place

  • Coordinating an annual performance review of the Managing Director

  • Overseeing Board recruitment and induction

  • Planning, presiding over, and facilitating Board and committee meetings

  • Acting as an ambassador for the organization 

  • Ensuring The Bomb Factory’s commitment to diversity and inclusion

Application process: Please send a CV and 1-page covering letter to with the subject line ‘Chair of Trustees Recruitment’ no later than Friday the 24 July 2020. We would be pleased to speak to any interested candidates – use the email above to arrange a telephone conversation.


The Bomb Factory Art Foundation in Islington is offering a free studio space and mentoring for a period of three months to a young person/s between the ages of 18-24. The application can be for one or two artists who work in any medium and live or work in Islington.⁣⁣

To apply please email your name, age, contact details, Instagram handle/website, and a sentence about why you need a studio space for the Summer. ⁣

The winner must be able to take up the residency from August 1st 2020.⁣
Please email, with the subject Free Summer Studio. ⁣

This opportunity was made possible by funding from Islington Councils Community Chest.




"Run by, for and about artists, the Bomb Factory offers affordable artists' studios and high-quality public events: a great addition to its N19 locale and the London art scene as a whole."



"Working with the Bomb Factory has been an exciting opportunity for our students to learn more about how artists work. They have had opportunities to visit studios and exhibitions. Grassroots arts organisations that put production/exhibition and education at the heart of what they do are becoming increasingly rare in London and at the Bridge, we value such partnerships very much."


"Working with The Bomb Factory was a really important experience for me. They encouraged me to think big and trust my work to occupy the space however I wanted. I really support everything they stand for; providing affordable artist studios and a gallery space that encourages artists to take risks and communicate about the art they're making in a supportive, artist-led space."


"This is a great local gallery off of the Holloway Road. The art and event calendar is varied, so check out the website and Instagram for information. Alongside exhibitions of promising young artists, there are art film screenings as well as poetry and music events. It is a great place to visit for young and old alike."



''It has been an extreme honour to work closely with The Bomb Factory Art Foundation, we’re inspired with the work they’re doing and especially because they’re a female-run organisation. We work closely with young females from underprivileged backgrounds, and it was extremely nice to have the girls in today meeting Pallas, who has been nothing but incredible and super friendly with all the girls and the team. We can’t wait to be back at Bomb Factory very soon"


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© The Bomb Factory Art Foundation 2020

Unit 2, Boothby Rd, Archway. London N19 5AJ  U.K.

Tel: 0203 211 0034

       07855 757 915

Registered Charity No: 116950

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