Arts manager/arts co-ordinator

The role of arts managers/arts coordinators vary. Some have public arts and design briefs for new builds or renovations, others involve participatory arts activities and public health agenda and community consultation. 

This page has information on the role of an arts manager in the NHS, including entry requirements and skills needed. 

Working life

Some hospitals and trusts promote arts and cultural activities for staff, patients and families to promote well being. You'll engage with a range of art forms including visual art, literature, dance, music, crafts, new media, combined arts, circus and drama. As an arts manager or coordinator, you may also be responsible for cultural projects such as

Your work may also involve

Arts managers and coordinators in the NHS are based in offices in a hospital or headquarters building. They spend time on hospital wards.

The precise nature of the work and job title will vary between health organisations and so when searching for vacancies, it is important to check each job description and person specification carefully.

As well as in the NHS, arts coordinators and managers also work in voluntary organisations and other agencies.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements. The precise nature of the work and job title will vary between health organisations and so when searching for vacancies, it is important to check each job description and person specification carefully.

Employers usually expect arts managers and coordinators to have a relevant qualification at degree or postgraduate level.

Relevant courses include

Degree courses are three years full time or up to six years part time. To get onto a degree course you usually need 

or alternative qualifications, including

For a postgraduate certificate, diploma or Masters, you usually need a good degree in art or design. You may be accepted on a course with a relevant professional qualification in, for example, teaching, nursing, community work or social work.

Employers also expect arts managers and arts coordinators to have experience in delivering and coordinating arts projects. This could be from the NHS or elsewhere and could be voluntary or paid.

Skills needed

Arts managers and coordinators need to be

You'll also need

Training and development

When joining the NHS, arts managers are given the training they need including an introduction to the trust and its systems and procedures.

Arts managers and coordinators are expected to keep their skills and knowledge of the arts world up to date. They are encouraged to attend courses and conferences. The Arts Council and London Arts in Health Forum list courses and events where they can network with others doing similar work.

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