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Photofusion is recruiting new Board members

About Photofusion

Photofusion provides a diverse range of photographic services that continually respond to the revolution and evolution of lens-based imagery. With analogue, digital and moving image facilities, Photofusion delivers vital training, support and career progression to photographers of all abilities.

The centre’s facilities include digital suites, professional photographic studio, darkrooms, exhibition production services and picture library alongside a contemporary gallery which places an emphasis on showcasing emerging photographers, alongside new work by mid-career artists. The exhibition programme includes artist talks, panel discussions and occasional related masterclasses or workshops.

Alongside its professional development and training programmes, Photofusion delivers a range of crucial outreach engagement projects, working with socially and culturally marginalised young people, offering photographer-led creative programmes, skills-based accredited courses, bursaries and internships in collaboration with local organisations and a range of funding partners.

The continually expanding membership scheme, which has supported many award-winning photographers, now hosts regular, members-only events including practical demonstrations, critical feedback sessions, artist talks and discussions on establishing a photographic practice.

Originally founded as the Photo Co-op in 1979 in Wandsworth, South London, Photofusion has metamorphosed from a small collective of documentary photographers to becoming London’s largest independent photography resource centre, moving to new premises in the vibrant heart of Brixton in 1991 and receiving a National Lottery Award in 1995 for further expansion of premises.  In 2018, Photofusion and 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning are working together to deliver an exciting programme of critical artistic development and engagement in Lambeth, building on past collaboration to form a new consortium as a new Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.  

Photofusion has to leave its current premises within the next two years and we have been offered the opportunity to take a new space. The application for this space is on-going and requires expertise in areas such as property development, management and fund-raising. We are actively seeking new board members to support the organisation through this exciting change. 

Role of the Photofusion Board

The Photofusion Board works with the Executive Director to ensure that the organization is effectively and properly run. While delegating programming and operational decision making to the Executive Director, the Board, as the governing body, is responsible for decision making at company level and is held to account for all the activities of the organisation. As the group responsible for ensuring that the organisation operates properly and effectively, the Board must ensure Photofusion remains fully compliant with company and charities law and best practice.  The Board is also required to monitor Photofusion’s performance against its agreed objectives and to act as advocates and advisors for its work.

Photofusion Educational Trust (PET) aims to raise income for photography education in London, and is recognised as a charity by the Inland Revenue. Photofusion Ltd is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. The combined group is presently searching for new Directors who would be interested to serve on Boards of both legal organisations in future. 

Person Specification

Successful candidates will have strong experience and track record in at least one of the following areas:

  • Financial and resource management; financial record keeping, financial reporting and auditing
  • Be based in Lambeth and an active member of the local community
  • Property – all aspects of property development and management. This is a crucial role as Photofusion is about to begin the process of moving to new premises. 

Candidates should be able to demonstrate an enthusiasm for working within the not-for-profit and/or heritage/ learning/ arts sectors, alongside the highest standards of ethical conduct. Previous Board or management experience is essential along with a successful record of achievement, whether in commercial, voluntary/not for profit or public sector environments.

Photofusion is keen to ensure diversity of representation.

To Apply

To apply, please post or email ([email protected]) a letter of interest addressed to the Chair of the Board of Directors, to arrive by 1st January 2022 by midday (up to 500 words) with a CV.

If you have queries, please contact Kim Shaw, Executive Director

[email protected],  tel. 020 7738 5774