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Development Assistant
Development Assistant
Post Date: 29 Jan 2024


Established in 1994, Gasworks is a contemporary visual art organisation that provides studios for local artists and develops a programme of artists’ residencies, exhibitions, events, and educational activities. Housing under one roof the various aspects of contemporary art practice – conception, production, dissemination, and debate – Gasworks aims to support talent development of UK and international artists either at early stages of their career or when needing time to experiment with innovative ideas, methods, and media.

Gasworks is also the hub of the Triangle Network; an international network of grass-roots arts organisations sharing the common aim to support and promote emerging talent through cultural exchange and artists’ mobility. Established in 1982, Triangle’s main activities include workshops, residencies, exhibitions, and outreach events. Triangle also encourages peer-to-peer learning, professional development for artists and the dissemination of emerging international art practices.

The Development Assistant will be under the supervision of our Development Manager and will closely collaborate with colleagues across various departments, including Communication, Curation, Participation, and Programming. Currently, approximately 20% of our income is generated through Development-related activities. Therefore, this role is integral to ensuring Gasworks’ ongoing success, meeting targets, supporting artists, and delivering our ambitious programming.

Job Title: Development Assistant

Employer: Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, London, SE11 5RH

Reports to: Development Manager

Contract: 12-month contract, 3 days per week

Hours of work: Wednesday to Friday (10 – 6pm). Some evening and weekend work will be required, compensated by time off in lieu.

Salary: £17,100 (£28,500 pro rata at 3 days a week)

Start date: Contract starting Wednesday 17th April with 3 months’ probation.

The Role

The Development Assistant will play a crucial role in ensuring the efficient operations and successful delivery of Development activities, providing vital support to the Development Manager. With an annual funding impact of approximately £120k, this role involves maintaining relationships with a diverse range of individuals, partners, and organisations.

This position offers an exciting and dynamic experience, providing a unique opportunity for someone to cultivate a broad skill set in fundraising and event management. The role will support the Development Manager in building donor relationships, ensuring meticulous administration and record-keeping, and facilitating the execution of supporter events.

The role also supports the delivery of our editions programme, including edition production. Additionally, they are responsible for sales management, including managing the Gasworks online shop and exploring avenues for marketing and sales.

There will be opportunities for research, including exploring sponsorship arrangements and identifying potential new donors or supporters for Gasworks activities. We seek an enthusiastic,reliable, and highly motivated individual capable of handling a diverse range of responsibilities within the dynamic working environment at Gasworks. This hands-on role demands a high level of initiative, excellent communication skills, and strong organisational abilities.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

• Assist the Development Manager in building strong donor relationships ensuring the proper delivery of benefits and supporting on communication.

• Collaborate with the Development Manager to oversee the execution of events, including tasks such as identifying caterers, managing guest lists, and coordinating with colleagues.

• Demonstrate meticulous use of Capsule and spreadsheet databases, ensuring accurate tracking of supporter donations.

• Process donations and renewals, actively requesting invoicing and meticulously logging income.

• Provide comprehensive administrative support, including logging contacts, meetings, and emails on CRM systems.

• Support on the execution of events (private views, VIP events, and select public programming) in coordination with the Development Manager.

• Assist with design and coordination of digital and print marketing collateral relating to editions and fundraising activities.

• Ensure accurate listing of all patrons and supporters on the website and donor boards.

• Assist with the management of external hires and bookings for the space.

• Oversee the storage and presentation of the editions, including merchandise, while maintaining shop systems.

• Collaborate with the Communications Assistant and Manager on social media and marketing initiatives related to editions, as well as the ongoing updating and maintenance of the Online Shop.

• Conduct regular stocktakes and serve as the primary contact for all sales inquiries in the shop.

• Work closely with the Bookkeeper on matters related to sales income.

• Supervise the handling and storage of editions, including wrapping and shipping.

• Support the Development Manager in editions production, maintaining communication with fabricators and framers.

• Assist in the preparation and delivery of off-site showcases, including participation in art fairs.

• Stay informed and knowledgeable about the Gasworks programme, including exhibitions, events, residencies, and participation activities.


• Actively seek to implement Gasworks policies including the Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity Policy.

• Contribute to and participate in a collaborative working environment, including weekly team discussions and other conversations.

This Job Description is a guide to the nature of the work required. It is not wholly comprehensive or restrictive and does not form part of the contract of employment.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will possess the following:


• Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal and attention to detail.

• Strong administrative skills, highly organised and excellent ability to multi-task, delegate and prioritise within a busy working environment.

• Excellent customer service and relationship building skills.

• Excellent IT skills, working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe software, ability to learn new systems quickly.

• Experience of working as part of a small team and the ability to forge mutually respectful and effective working relationships with a diverse group of personalities.

• An energetic, highly motivated, and enthusiastic team player with a flexible can-do attitude.

• Demonstrable and informed interest in contemporary art and visual culture.

• Keen interest to learn new skills.

Desirable skills and attributes

• Experience of working with databases.

• Experience of supporting and coordinating events e.g. dinners, charity fundraising events.

• Experience of working in a small-scale arts organisation.

• Experience of social media and website management.

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

Gasworks is committed to equal opportunities. We welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds and are committed to building a diverse workforce. We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, and ethnically diverse candidates, and disabled candidates, who are currently under-represented in employment within the visual arts.

Gasworks is fully accessible and compliant with the Equality Act 2010. We are a Disability Confident committed employer and guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that the individual must provide us with evidence in their application form, which demonstrates that they meet the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential in the Person Specification.

To apply please submit a CV and a cover letter. Selected candidates will be invited to participate in a panel interview. Please send applications to [email protected]

If you require any different arrangements at any stage of the selection process, or have any questions please contact Rosa Harvest on [email protected]


• 15 days of annual leave, plus UK public holidays.

• Employer pension contribution of 5% of eligible salary.

• Use of the Gallery’s ICOM membership card, providing free entry to a range of arts organisations across the UK and internationally.

• Discounts on Gasworks’ limited-edition prints.

• Training and mentoring opportunities.

Deadline for applications: Sunday 3rd March 2024 at 6pm

Interviews will be held during the week commencing: Monday 11th March 2024.


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