Freelance Development Manager

Drawing Room Tannery Arts

Drawing Room is a not-for-profit gallery, library, shop and online resource that is dedicated to opening up the world of contemporary drawing to everyone. It is internationally renowned for stimulating debate around the nature and purpose of drawing today. Through free exhibitions, artists’ talks, courses, engagement projects and a unique library it nurtures the production of drawings and promotes understanding of them.

Currently based in Elephant & Castle, Drawing Room has both an international following and meaningful connections within our local community of Southwark.

Drawing Room is at an exciting juncture in its evolution. It is expanding its Engagement Programme and preparing to move into permanent, purpose-built premises in Bermondsey in 2022.

Tannery Arts Ltd is an established non-profit organisation, a unique creative partnership comprising a studio provider - Tannery Arts - and a public gallery - Drawing Room.

Tannery Arts Ltd is a Registered Society (formerly known as an Industrial and Provident Society) (No. 29034R). It has been tax exempt since March 2003.


Drawing Room Tannery Arts


2 days per week


£120 p/d


Midnight, Sun 10 Jan 21

The Drawing Room are seeking a Development Manager who is passionate about contemporary visual art and believes that it is essential to life.

This position is for someone who wishes to play a substantial role in enabling Drawing Room to deliver a diverse programme and in building the resilience of the organisation as it prepares to move into permanent premises.

They are looking for someone who has a creative and positive approach to raising funds in a world dominated by the pandemic and who is committed to ethical giving.

The Development Manager works with the Co-directors to devise the Funding Development Plan for the organisation.

The role involves them managing and implementing this plan, with the Co-directors.

They are looking for an individual with strong knowledge of the sector, with experience of making successful funding bids to charitable trusts and other grant-making bodies, with cultivating individual giving and managing membership schemes. In the next two years priorities include sourcing funding for exhibitions, for core costs and capital funding for our permanent home.

Drawing Room is an Arts Council England NPO which provides approx. 13% of its income. Over 40% of funding is raised is raised through the Drawing Biennial Fundraisers

Additional funds are raised through grants, individual giving and membership schemes

  • Administer the Funding Development Plan and manage its delivery.
  • Build and maintain the Funding Development Plan database.
  • With the Directors, research and identify potential charitable trusts and other grant-making bodies.
  • Write, with Directors, funding bids, including budgets, to support core costs, the exhibition programme and the capital build.
  • With the Directors, devise an innovative cultivation/membership programme to nurture prospective givers, including buyers for Drawing Biennial 2021 (opening 17 March with auction finale on 12 May 2021) considering restrictions imposed by the pandemic.
  • Produce material to promote cultivation/membership events i.e. source images and write a description of the event for the website as per this example
  • Manage delivery of cultivation/membership events, including budgets and bookings.
  • Liaise with Gallery Manager on membership event logistics, such as staffing.
  • Liaise with Finance Manager on membership event budgets, invoices etc.
  • Service all donors to the programme, ensuring that they are nurtured and correctly credited.
  • Manage donations and log data in liaison with the Finance Manager, including administration of Gift Aid.
  • Administrate membership schemes.
  • With Directors, maintain relationships with members, including writing regular newsletters and other correspondence.
  • With Directors, cultivate new members.
  • Log all grants and donations in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the Development Plan and provide information for ACE annual report.

The Drawing Room are looking for a confident individual with a friendly, ‘can do’ attitude who is keen to become part of an ambitious organisation as it prepares to move into permanent premises.

The role requires experience and interest in engaging with a wide range of people from art to non-art specialists. It also requires flexibility, with a willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends.


  • Excellent oral and written skills, with the ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Good copywriting skills for funding bids and correspondence
  • Confidence as a public speaker
  • Excellent administrative skills
  • Competent IT skills across Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Zoom
  • Solid understanding of Excel spreadsheets for budgeting and scheduling


  • Highly organised with attention to detail
  • Good creative problem-solving skills and a flexible, proactive approach to work
  • Ability to work independently, taking initiative on responsibilities and ensuring best practices are put in place
  • Ability to prioritise, work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • A Commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion
  • Punctual and reliable
  • At least 2 years' experience of development roles in the arts
  • A broad understanding of funding streams available to public, non-profit visual arts organisations
  • A passion for contemporary art and a belief in its importance for healthy communities and life
  • Proven expertise in producing successful funding bids
  • Experience of devising budgets for funding applications and of managing programme budgets
  • Experience of event delivery
  • Experience of managing and hosting successful membership schemes

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