Administrators in the visual arts sector are responsible for the effective operation of events or institutions. They work in areas such as accountancy, fundraising, publicity and customer care. They also organise exhibitions and manage people and buildings.
Arts administrators provide this support for organisations such as:
- Arts festivals
- The arts councils, regional arts boards and local authorities.
The work varies considerably depending on the type and size of the organisation. Arts administrators in small galleries may be responsible for the whole day-to-day running of the venue.
In large organisations, such as an arts board, they may need to understand the work of several departments. This could include areas like personnel or finance. Arts administrators may also specialise in one specific area, such as providing information to the public.