21 Jan 2020

KLA ART Festival Coordinator at 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust

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Job Description

Founded in 2012, 32° East is a centre for the creation and exploration of contemporary Ugandan art. Based in the capital, Kampala, we provide the artistic community with studio space, workshops, residencies and artist-led outreach projects. Through supporting education, innovation and professionalism we aim to nurture, develop and raise the profile of Ugandan visual art to a national and international level. 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust is a registered company limited by guarantee in Uganda and in the UK. 32° East is a member of Arts Collaboratory and the Triangle Network, and a Prince Claus Network Partner.

About KLA ART:

Since its’ first edition in 2012, KLA ART has reached over 10,000 audiences based in Kampala and abroad, by providing a platform to promote and profile the newest ideas from contemporary Ugandan artists. KLA ART was founded by: 32° East, AKA Gallery, Afriart Gallery, Alliance Frangaise, The Goethe—Zentrum UGCS, Nommo Gallery, Makerere University and Uganda Museum. The festival aims to provide a dynamic platform for freedom of speech for artists and audiences, on-going professional development for artists, art managers and curators to build a thriving visual art scene in Kampala and the promotion, celebration and understanding of Ugandan visual culture, locally and internationally. A key component of this year’s festival is KLA ART Labs, an immersive experiential program designed to provide creative professionals with the tools and opportunities for in-depth research and critical thinking through public practice. The program is an initiative of 32° East, with support from the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, Newcastle University and Arts Collaboratory.

Job Title: KLA ART Festival Coordinator

Supporting: All Staff and KLA ART Artists

Location: 32° East, Kampala, Uganda

Contract: 8 months

Job Summary: The KLA ART festival coordinator will work closely with the 32° East team to deliver the KLA ART festival. They are responsible for the smooth running of the programme as the lead contact for all festival stakeholders. They will also be the liaison between all international festival participants and the 32 team, and handle all project logistics. The coordinator will also have the opportunity to work with the team to incorporate the experiences of KLA ART Labs, the alternative arts education programme that leads up to the festival. The Coordinator will often manage public facing events and should be able to represent 32° East, and promote the organisation’s visibility. This job description is a guide to the nature of the work required of 32° East KLA ART festival coordinator. It is not wholly comprehensive or restrictive and does not form part of the contract of employment.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Oversee the operational and logistical success of the festival while maintaining clear organisational updates with 32° East’s team;
  • Oversee the recruitment, roles and schedules for KLA ART volunteers;
  • Handle all logistics for international guests, including transport and accommodation;
  • Oversee the execution of each event/ or public presentation;
  • Assist with programme reports for funders and other stakeholders;


  • Manage location scouting and permissions, in close relationship with the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA)
  • Plan and organise all off site excursions
  • Oversee festival budget, alongside 32° East bookkeeper, handling purchasing of materials and supplies as needed

Communications and Audience Development

  • Work alongside the rest of the 32° East team on logo, branding and website for KLA ART 20;
  • Provide Media Manager with relevant text and communication materials for social media and website updates
  • Produce photographs and videos where appropriate
  • Write a clear and dynamic press release of KLA ART 20 for local and international press distribution;
  • Plan and implement a marketing strategy in line with KLA ART 20’s objectives leading up to and during the festival;
  • Achieve clear and transparent communication with the artists involved in KLA ART

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor of Arts or related field
  • At least 3 years work experience in project management role
  • Passionate about alternative education, arts and culture
  • Experience with marketing and PR
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Extremely organised, adept at meeting deadlines and keeping time
  • Must be eligible to work in Uganda


  • Experience of working in a small-scale arts organization;
  • Experience of working directly with artists, supporting them in the development of their
  • research or the creation of new work;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the Ugandan, East African and International art scene.

Terms and conditions

32° East offers a competitive compensation package, an 18 month contract with potential for performance-based contract renewal, a dynamic work environment, and opportunities for professional growth.

  • 8 month fixed term contract, starting mid February 2020
  • Hours of work: 09:00am – 5pm with one-hour lunch break
  • The hours worked may require evenings and weekends
  • The period of notice is one month in writing
  • Probation period: 3 months
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      Method of Application

Send your CV and Cover Letter to [email protected] January and include “KLA ART Coordinator” in the subject.

Deadline: 31st January 2020

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