Art Assembly Coordinators wanted!

Posted on 11 March 2022

Help transform the city of Manchester into an art festival

Working with Art Fund and Student Art Pass we’re excited to announce 4 brand-new paid opportunities to work at Art Assembly 2022.

Art Assembly is a one-day festival of art and creativity, brought to you by Art Fund with some of Manchester’s leading arts organisations, including: Castlefield Gallery, HOME and Manchester Art Gallery.

On 18 June the festival will display new works of art developed and produced by Greater Manchester artists in collaboration with children and young people from the city of Manchester. The works will explore how everywhere can become a place of creative learning – celebrating the idea of the city as an art school. Visitors will enjoy events, workshops, talks, tours and more!

The roles:

We are looking for four Coordinators to join the Art Assembly team and play a key role in supporting with the running of the event. The roles promise an exciting, short-term, paid opportunity that will allow each coordinator to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and experience of working in the arts and cultural sector, and towards a creative career.

Successful applicants will be paid to support Art Assembly in recruiting smaller teams of volunteers, followed by playing a coordination role in the delivery of one of four areas of the festival, these include:


1) Marketing and Communication – examples of what you’ll support:

– Researching target audiences

– Developing relevant ideas, links, and opportunities for the one-day festival Press/media campaigns.

– Developing and coordinating the distribution of promotional materials, press releases.

– Monitoring, compiling, and circulating press coverage and press reports

– Updating online listings + identifying new listings opportunities

– Email marketing, social media content and event bookings

– Filming and photography activity

– Assisting with general administration and logistical needs

– Assisting set up and clear down of the festival


 2) Production – examples of what you’ll support:

– Artist liaison and assistance

– Internal communications and meetings

– Technical and installation activities, including sourcing materials, kit, expertise

– Ensuring policies and procedures are clearly communicated and adhered to

– Workshop and festival event activity

– Risk assessment

– Assisting with general administration and logistical needs

– Assisting set up and clear down of the festival


3) Front of House – examples of what you’ll support:

– Tours of the festival works of art and projects

– Workshop and festival day event activity

– Venue staff to ensure everything runs smoothly

– Welcoming and wayfinding, at venues and in the public realm of the city

– Managing registration/welcome desks

– Answering questions from attendees or directing them to where they can find answers

– Assisting with general administration and logistical needs

– Assisting set up and clear down of the festival


4) Evaluation – examples of what you’ll support:

– Capturing festival feedback from the public and key stakeholders to feed into the creative evaluation

– Overall project evaluation processes for reporting back to the supporters whose funding enabled the festival to happen, and other key stakeholders

– Evaluative documentation (film, photography, sound)


We want to hear from applicants who are:

– Keen to kickstart a career in the arts, cultural and creative sectors, including those interested in working to deliver events and festivals

– Enthusiastic about arts and culture and working with people

– Confident in engaging with a diverse range of audiences

– Friendly, positive, welcoming, and motivated, including when working in a fast-paced environments

– Organised and detail orientated whilst working to deadlines

– Computer literate with strong IT skills

– Age 18 or above and able to demonstrate eligibility to work in the UK



Successful candidates will participate in a three-week programme of training and development led by HOME, in Manchester, which will also support the candidates in delivering the recruitment of the wider volunteer teams.

This will include in-person training and development activities in the areas of:

– Equality, diversity, and inclusion

– Good practice in work with volunteers

– Recruiting volunteers

– Handling data

– Customer service and communicating effectively

– Entry level project management


Key times, dates, pay and location

– Pay: £9.50 per hour (national living wage)

– You will be contracted to work for a total of 13 weeks

– Working hours will equate to two-days per-week for from mid-April – early July

– You will need to be able to work flexibly and live locally i.e. within easy and reliable commuting distance to the city centre of Manchester

– Deadline for applications: 12noon Monday 28 March

– Interview date: expected to be Monday 4 April or Wednesday 6 April

– Successful candidates notified by: Friday 8 April


Good to know:

– If you are not a Student Art Pass member you can still apply to take part in the paid opportunity.

– Art Assembly will provide a Student Art Pass membership to any successful candidates who do not currently have one.

– Art Assembly welcomes applications from all young people aged 18 and above from all backgrounds and communities.

So, if you’re eager to grow your experience of working with a range of arts, cultural and learning organisations, plus collaborate with teams of artists and creative freelancers, participants, and the public, this is the opportunity is for you – apply today.

To apply please complete the online application form HERE.  You will be asked to Login or register to apply; if you are not already a Student Art Pass member click Register your details. You will NOT be asked to make any payment or  join Student Art Pass. Art Assembly will provide Student Art Pass memberships to any successful candidates who do not currently have one.