The Garage Trust is looking for a new Chair of the Board of Trustees to help us shape our vision of changing people’s lives through art.
It’s an exciting time to support our growth, with the charity having recently agreed the freehold of the Chapel Field North building from Norfolk County Council.
The Garage Trust isn’t just an arts organisation, it’s also a vocational education centre that works across Norfolk and beyond. It recently opened The Workshop, a new venue in King’s Lynn’s Vancouver Quarter as a base for classes, performance and more.
Outgoing chair Maggie Wheeler said: “I have loved being chair of The Garage Trust, watching it overcome challenges, succeeding and growing. I’m so proud of the work we do to ensure the arts are available to everyone, not just the privileged few.
“Not only do we work with young people from all backgrounds, we commission and stage fantastic theatre, we provide formal educational qualifications while also being there for people who just want to dance, sing or act. We now have a performance space in King’s Lynn for our work there.
“After six years it’s time to hand over to someone who will support this fantastic organisation on the next step into its future. It’s a great opportunity for someone who loves the arts, but more importantly believes in access and equality of opportunity.”
The freehold decision was really pleasing.
Maggie added: “Owning our own space feels like the next step for us as we grow and change as an organisation. We’ve been very happy here for the last 15 years and look forward to many more years under our own roof.”
Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, Cabinet Member for Communities and Partnerships at Norfolk County Council, said: “One of Norfolk’s most well-loved cultural venues, The Garage is nationally recognised for the transformative opportunities it provides for some of our most disadvantaged young people and communities.”
The board of trustees is responsible for the developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and goals. Adam Taylor, The Garage Trust’s Executive Director, said the thing that excites him most is working for a trust where the recruitment of the governance is open, clear and transparent.
He added: “I’m looking forward to working with the new Chair of the Board of Trustees in the years ahead and would like to, on behalf of the organisation, thank Maggie for her years of service to The Garage Trust and all the staff, participants and audiences.”