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Advisory Board

Work with us


About What's Coming out of the Box

We make curious work for inquisitive minds to make the world a better place.

We like to ask big questions to small children, and big ones too. Central to our work is the exploration of big ideas and finding ways to facilitate and prompt conversations between adults and children. We care. Ultimately, through the ideas that we explore, we strive to play our part in creating a better world.

Our work is multi-sensory and participatory, with a signature DIY aesthetic that runs through all of our productions.

We are a Thanet-based company and tour nationwide. In recent years, we have been supported by Arts Council England via Project Grants. In addition we have been supported by the Kent Community Foundation, Kent County Council, Canterbury City Council and the Gibbons Family Trust. We are associate artists at Looping the Loop, Thanet. Since our incorporation in 2018, we have toured two productions – ‘Inside’ and ‘Bonhomme’ – to arts venues across England.

Previous work included outdoor shows such as ‘Take the Pose’ and ‘Spread the Love’. Since lockdown we have developed two COVID responsive work: ‘The Quest’, a participatory audio play and ‘Sylvia’, a postal interactive experience for families at home.

Our Vision

is to stretch families’ imaginations to create a better world together.

Our Mission
  • What’s Coming out of the Box brings innovative, multi-sensory and participatory work to audiences in places with low engagement in the arts. 

  • Our work starts with a question and our signature DIY aesthetic runs through all that we do.

  • We encourage children’s drive to question the world around them and support parents to nurture their children's imagination and curiosity.


What’s Coming out of the Box has just undertaken a six month review of its business. As a result of this review, we have created a business plan that outlines our ambitions for growth from 2021 to 2023. We are now seeking additional expertise and support to help us realise our ambitions.


To offer strategic support to What’s Coming out of the Box’s creative producer. To advise and support on the development and potential of all aspects of the business, including future creative projects and education work, to advise on the development of fundraising and marketing strategies to help support our business, and to act as ambassadors for our work with children, families  communities and artists.

Attributes of a Board Member
  • A commitment to the work of What’s Coming out of the Box and alignment with our values, vision and mission.  

  • Ability to think and act strategically.

  • Good independent judgement.

  • An established reputation or profile with a willingness to use their contacts to advance What’s Coming out of the Box’s mission.

  • A preparedness to offer personal and professional skills and experience to mentor the team when required.

What members are expected to do
  • Support the Creative Producer on the development and delivery of our business plan.

  • Provide critical feedback and advice about our brand and audience development strategies, helping us to attract a more diverse audience to our work.

  • Support the development of a fundraising strategy.

  • Be a passionate advocate for our work, especially around the engaging with children and families in harder-to-reach areas.

  • Provide critical feedback on our organisational development plans, including creation of Charity and further board development

Expertise sought

We are seeking individuals with contacts and expertise in:

  • Local (Thanet / Kent) communities, businesses and networks    

  • Education policy and working with children and young people

  • Charity governance and law

  • Communications and branding  

  • Fundraising via trusts and foundations and individual donors

Number of members to be recruited

Up to 5

Terms of Appointment

Two years initially

Meeting Frequency

Every three months

How to apply

Please apply by email to What’s Coming out of the Box’s Creative Producer Estelle Rosenfeld. Your application should include a copy of your CV and no more than 2 pages or 5 min video outlining why you’re interested in the role of Board member and your suitability for the role.


Deadline: 5pm Sunday 15th November 2020.


At What’s Coming out of the Box, we recognise the positive value of diversity and want to promote equality and challenge unfair discrimination. We particularly encourage applications from people of colour and candidates that are currently underrepresented within the creative industries.

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