Profession artistic director

Artistic directors are in charge of the programme of an artistic project or a cultural organisation. They are responsible for the strategic vision, the visibility and the quality of all kind of artistic activities and services such as theatre and dance companies. Artistic directors also manage staff, finances and policies.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Corporate social responsibility

    The handling or managing of business processes in a responsible and ethical manner considering the economic responsibility towards shareholders as equally important as the responsibility towards environmental and social stakeholders.

  • Art history

    The history of art and artists, the artistic trends throughout centuries and their contemporary evolutions.

  • Art-historical values

    The historical and artistic values implied in examples of one's branch of art.

  • Cultural projects

    The purpose, organisation and management of cultural projects and related fundraising actions.

Skills

  • Manage logistics

    Create logistic framework for transporting goods to customers and for receiving returns, execute and follow up the logistics processes and guidelines.

  • Represent artistic production

    Represent the artistic company or production outside your day-to-day activities. Liaise with presenters and their teams. Participate in promotional, cultural and artistic mediation activities. Help direct tours.

  • Organise cultural events

    Arrange events in cooperation with local stakeholders which promote local culture and heritage.

  • Perform project management

    Manage and plan various resources, such as human resources, budget, deadline, results, and quality necessary for a specific project, and monitor the project's progress in order to achieve a specific goal within a set time and budget.

  • Apply strategic thinking

    Apply generation and effective application of business insights and possible opportunities, in order to achieve competitive business advantage on a long-term basis.

  • Liaise with local authorities

    Maintain the liaison and exchange of information with regional or local authorities.

  • Communicate in English at a competent user level

    Competent use of English; R351refers to level C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

  • Follow company standards

    Lead and manage according to the organisation's code of conduct.

  • Provide project information on exhibitions

    Provide information on the preparation, execution and evaluation of exhibitions and other artistic projects.

  • Work with cultural venue specialists

    Call upon the competence of other professionals and specialists, from within and outside the organisation, to contribute to activities and provide documents to improve public access to collections and exhibitions.

  • Develop professional network

    Reach out to and meet up with people in a professional context. Find common ground and use your contacts for mutual benefit. Keep track of the people in your personal professional network and stay up to date on their activities.

  • Manage budgets

    Conduct cost estimates and budget planning. Monitor the budget, as well as costs and expenses. Forecast the budget development continuously. Report on the budget.

  • Define artistic approach

    Define your own artistic approach by analysing your previous work and your expertise, identifying the components of your creative signature, and starting from these explorations to describe your artistic vision.

  • Monitor activities

    Monitor all the activities of an artistic organisation.

  • Set organisational policies

    Participate in setting organisational policies that cover issues such as participant eligibility, program requirements, and program benefits for the service users.

  • Manage staff

    Manage employees and subordinates, working in a team or individually, to maximise their performance and contribution. Schedule their work and activities, give instructions, motivate and direct the workers to meet the company objectives. Monitor and measure how an employee undertakes their responsibilities and how well these activities are executed. Identify areas for improvement and make suggestions to achieve this. Lead a group of people to help them achieve goals and maintain an effective working relationship among staff.

  • Manage supplies

    Monitor and control the flow of supplies that includes the purchase, storage and movement of the required quality of raw materials, and also work-in-progress inventory. Manage supply chain activities and synchronise supply with demand of production and customer.

  • Manage operational budgets

    Prepare, monitor and adjust operational budgets together with the economical/administrative manager/professionals in the arts institute/unit/project.

  • Delegate activities

    Delegate activities and tasks to others according to the ability, level of preparation, competence and legal scope of practice. Make sure that people understand what they should do and when they should do it.

  • Define artistic vision

    Continually develop and define a concrete artistic vision, starting from the proposal and continuing all the way through to the finished product.

  • Cope with challenging demands

    Maintain a positive attitude towards new and challenging demands such as interaction with artists and handling of artistic artefacts. Work under pressure such as dealing with last moment changes in time schedules and financial restraints.

  • Supervise daily information operations

    Direct daily operations of different units. Coordinate program/project activities to assure the respect of costs and time.

  • Establish daily priorities

    Establish daily priorities for staff personnel; effectively deal with multi-task workload.

  • Liaise with cultural partners

    Establish and maintain sustainable partnerships with cultural authorities, sponsors and other cultural institutions.

  • Plan health and safety procedures

    Set up procedures for maintaining and improving health and safety in the workplace.

  • Promote cultural venue events

    Work together with museum or any art facility staff to develop and promote its events and programme.

  • Promote inclusion

    Promote inclusion in health care and social services and respect diversity of beliefs, culture, values and preferences, keeping in mind the importance of equality and diversity issues.

  • Strive for company growth

    Develop strategies and plans aiming at achieving a sustained company growth, be the company self-owned or somebody else's. Strive with actions to increase revenues and positive cash flows.

  • Represent the organisation

    Act as representative of the institution, company or organisation to the outside world.

  • Develop an artistic framework

    Develop a specific framework for research, creation and completion of artistic work.

  • Direct an artistic team

    Lead and instruct a complete team with the required cultural expertise and experience.

  • Coordinate artistic production

    Oversee the day-to-day coordination of production tasks so that the organisation fits within the desired artistic and business policies and in order to present productions in a uniform corporate identity to the public.

Optional knowledge and skills

plan resource allocation advertise an art collection attend events organise an exhibition participate in artistic mediation activities museum databases use intuition in booking projects present exhibition