Richmond Arts Service delivers services in Richmond. Our mission is to build community through creativity.
We foster creativity and enjoyment of the arts, enable people to reflect on their lives and develop new ways of seeing the world. We bring thought-provoking art to the borough and cultivate a network of individuals, organisations and programmes that nourishes the arts, local organisations and communities.
We work to integrate arts development and engagement into the delivery of Council priorities. This means that we:
- Advocate for the importance of arts and culture in place-making, active citizenship and wellbeing
- Are experimental, helping to explore, test and evaluate new ways of using the arts to develop a fairer, greener and safer borough for everyone
- Develop and facilitate a programme of arts events, festivals and exhibitions for residents and visitors across Richmond and online including Richmond Lit Fest
- Programme the borough's main visual arts venue, Orleans House Gallery
- Oversee the borough's public art strategy
As well as an extensive school programme the team also deliver targeted work aimed at supporting access to the arts, employability, health and wellbeing.
We deliver an artist development programme, fostering the conditions and networks needed by artists to explore and develop their practice and make it sustainable.
The service actively develops the Richmond Borough Art Collection and historic sites, integrating these important assets and the stories they reveal into the wider creative and conservation programmes.
We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities. In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.