Arts Catalyser – volunteer position

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 01:30

The Arts Catalyst is looking for volunteers for the Centre for Arts Science and Technology, opening in January 2016. This is an ideal opportunity for someone with a passion for art, science and technology to gain experience in a dynamic gallery/project space environment.

The Arts Catalyst commissions art that experimentally and critically engages with science. We produce provocative, playful, risk-taking projects to spark dynamic conversations about our changing world.

The Arts Catalyst is one of the UK's most distinctive arts organisations, distinguished by ambitious art commissions and its unique take on art-science practice. Our primary focus is commissioning new artists' projects, presented in a range of museums, art galleries and other public spaces in the UK and internationally.  The Arts Catalyst plays a leading role in the development of artists’ engagement with science, and critical discourse around this field. Through our commissions, exhibitions and events, we enable people to have distinctive, thought-provoking experiences that transcend traditional boundaries of art and science.

The Arts Catalyst is run by a small team, which from January 2016 will comprise Interim Managing Director, Curator, Programme Manager and Communications Officer, with the additional support of freelance associates, interns and volunteers.

The Arts Catalyst is a registered UK charity and a company limited by guarantee. It is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Role Description

The position will be predominantly front of house, greeting visitors, offering information, setting up events, assisting with artist run workshops and assisting with the general day-to-day running of the space.

As well as a public space the Centre will be the nucleus of operations and creativity for the organisation, volunteers will have the opportunity to see how our Curator, Director, Programme Manager and Communications Officer bring the dynamic national and international programme and its research and development to the public eye. 

No formal experience or qualifications are required however we require you to be engaged and interested in dealing with a wide range of people.

The role is open to all and would suit anyone looking for experience in public engagement of arts and sciences.

We require volunteers that can commit to the duration of our first project: Tues 26 January - Sat 19 March 2016.

Access: The Arts Catalyst will make every reasonable adjustment to the office or to working arrangements so as to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities.

Please discuss your access requirements with us at any stage in the application process.

Equal Opportunities: The Arts Catalyst is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

To apply please send you CV, a cover letter (max 500 words) and availability to:

Dates required for: Tues 26 January - Sat 19 March 2016

Deadline: Mon 7 December 2016


Successful applicants will also need to be available for a training day in early January 2016.