Category: Internships, Placements and Volunteering

Volunteers Wanted for Galway International Arts Festival 2017

As one of Ireland’s premiere Festivals of creative collisions, GAIF depend hugely on our enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help transform the city for 14 exceptional days of creativity. As a volunteer you’ll be part of a team who engage visitors in the Festival spirit, meet the public, greet audiences at venues and welcome our national and international visitors. As a Festival, we put our audience at the heart of everything we do; our volunteers are at the front line of welcoming our audience into ‘our home’.

We are currently seeking a large amount of volunteers to help with the visual arts portion of our programme. This year’s artists include John Gerrard, Ana Maria Pacheco, Nicola Gunwhy, Ailbhe Ni Bhriain, John Beard, Sean Cotter, Gary Robinson, Thomas Brezing, and more. Our galleries are essentially open all day, every day during the Festival and receive thousands of visitors, so we will need as much support as we can get! There are many other volunteer opportunities available as well, from music, theatre, discussion, street spectacle, and more.

All Volunteers must be aged 18 years or older. Please note you may be chosen at random for Garda/Police vetting. GIAF are not in a position to cover any volunteer expenses.

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Platform Arts Seeks Voluntary Co-Directors, Belfast

Application deadline: 26 June

Platform Arts is currently seeking expressions of interest for the role of Co – Director.

Platform was founded on the basic principle of supporting and promoting the creation of innovative contemporary art. Its mission is to actively promote the creation, presentation of and access to contemporary art through its studio, gallery and education programs.

A rolling board of voluntary directors is responsible for the running of Platform, this is drawn from both studio members and external applicants. It is the responsibility of the Directors to manage the operational, administrative, public and financial affairs of Platform Arts. Each Co-Director term lasts two years.

Platform Arts is currently seeking hands-on directors with a particular interest in, but not limited to:
• Funding for the arts
• Administration and Finance
• General Management

If you are interested in applying for a position as Co-Director please download the director specification and application form on the Platform website. Please send a PDF version of your completed form including a copy of your C.V max (2 pages) and a completed Monitoring Form to with the subject line Platform Arts Directors.

Platform Arts, 1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301

Internship Placement with Above the Fold, Dublin

Application deadline: Friday 16 June, 6pm

Above the Fold is a creative events organisation that host talks and events designed to celebrate creativity in Ireland. Above the Fold are currently seeking an enthusiastic intern to assist over the summer months. The intern will be expected to have a background in art and design and an interest in the arts in Ireland.

The intern will be expected to work closely with the director to regularly contribute to social channels and the Above the Fold blog. In the lead up to events, the primary focus is to ensure that social channels and the Above the Fold blog are regularly updated to give audiences a taste of the brand and event speakers. The intern will curate online content and conduct research and interviews for the Above the Fold blog.

The internship will take place in the lead up to Dublin Culture Night so the intern will be expected to be available on Friday September 22nd. The internship will be located in Dublin’s newest creative and collaborative working space – The Tara Building, running for 1-2 days per week until September 23rd.

The internship role is unpaid but work at events will be paid at €10/hour.

To apply: Please send an up to date CV and cover letter outlining your interest in the role.

Summer Internship at National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

Deadline: Tuesday 20 June 2017, 5pm

National Craft Gallery announces an exciting internship opportunity for students / graduates of art, craft, design or related courses. This internship / work placement will offer the candidate the opportunity to work closely with the NCG team, contributing to and supporting the delivery of our dynamic exhibition educational programmes.
During a placement at the National Craft Gallery the candidate will receive formal / informal training in areas such as: workshop development and delivery, guiding discussion focused gallery visits, exhibition mediation, event planning and facilitation, as well as instruction in best practice within Child Protection. Based in the National Craft Gallery the role focuses on enhancing the visitor experience at the NCG through interaction with the public and the provision of support for educational initiatives.
Throughout a placement at the National Craft Gallery, the candidate will gain experience in a range of gallery administration, in supporting the delivery of aspects of the Gallery Education Programme and will be guided in the facilitation of tours and workshops. Dependent on the candidates skill set the role may be developed in line with relevant specific interests. 3-4 days / week from Mid July – Sept.

This is an unpaid position but costs will be covered.

Please forward a letter of application, outlining your interest and potential availability, with a current CV to

Curatorial Internship at Chester Beatty Library

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday 2 June 2017.

The Chester Beatty Library is seeking to appoint a Curatorial Intern – Western Collections, for a fixed period of 4 months (part-time approx. 15 hours per week).

The objective of this new initiative is to offer practical museum training experience to a recent graduate or postgraduate interested in pursuing a career in the arts and museum sector. The programme will start by offering a short internship (part-time) of 4 months working with the Curator of Western Collections. The exact focus of the project will be dependent on the successful applicant’s academic background, professional skills and interests, however the intern will be expected to assist with the on-going cataloguing of the Library’s Western print collection.

The start date is flexible and can be adjusted to fit the successful candidate’s existing commitments; however, s/he would ideally start in or before September 2017. The succesful candidate will be paid €10 per hour subject to PRSI and PAYE.

For more information and application details:

Call for Volunteers | Belfast Photo Festival 2017

The 2017 Belfast Photo Festival will bring the busiest and most ambitious programme of exhibitions and events ever seen to Northern Ireland. In order to realise this we are looking to build a first-class team of volunteers to help us set up and deliver the Festival.

The Festival’s success relies on the enthusiasm and hard work of a group of committed volunteers. The Festival offers volunteers the invaluable experience of working with internationally renowned curators, photographers, publishers and photographic professionals and offers the camaraderie of being part of an international experience. In addition, we will be giving away tickets to a selection of events including a number of those within our VIP programme.

Festival Dates: 1st – 30th June 2017
Programme launched: 12th May 2017


Call for Volunteers | Arts Mediators for Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios seeks enthusiastic and attentive volunteers to assist with mediation and invigilation of exhibitions.

Volunteers are needed to take on the role of arts mediators. This opportunity could appeal to students, recent graduates and anyone interested in learning more about working in arts management or visual arts practice. Anyone with some knowledge and interest in contemporary art is eligible to apply.

Benefits of volunteering include:

• Working within Temple Bar Gallery +Studios artists’ studios complex located in the heart of the Temple Bar cultural quarter
• Building a knowledge of contemporary art practices
• Developing interpersonal skills within a professional environment, working alongside the TBG+S team
• Mediating the exhibited artworks to the general public and communicating the ideas and premise of the exhibition
• Training and support from TBG+S Visual Arts team
• Access to a curatorial talk with the TBG+S Programme Curator
• Opportunities for paid work at future TBG+S events
• A complementary year-long subscription to the TBG+S Supporters Club

If you are interested in working alongside the TBG+S team and will be available to volunteer for a minimum of 4 hours each week, please write to Please send us a brief CV and tell us why you are interested in volunteering.

Open Call | 126 Artist-Run Gallery Internship Programme 2017

Deadline for applications: 1 June

126 is delighted to announce an open call to all graduates who wish to participate in the 2017 Internship programme. Six interns will be selected for a six-month internship running from July to December 2018. The interns will be mentored by the board members and will gain experience in all aspects of running the gallery including fundraising, curation, marketing, archiving, web design and arts administration. The internship culminates in a project, exhibition or event to be developed and curated by the interns under the mentorship of the 126 board and to take place in the Hidden Valley gallery in December.

Please include a CV and images of recent work (max. 10) and a letter of interest (max 350 words), which should include your expectations for the project in one Pdf document.

Applications should be emailed to Please subject line: “Internship Programme 2017” in your email. Successful candidates will be notified by Friday 9th of June and the internship will begin Monday 3rd July. The first month of the programme is an induction period to allow the interns to settle into the gallery and into Galway. However, the Galway International Arts Festival runs from the 17th – 30th July and gives a good opportunity to immediately become involved in the work of the gallery.

Please note that internship at 126 is not a prerequisite for becoming a board member. Applications to become board members from all artists, including recent graduates, are welcomed throughout the year.

126 is a gallery run voluntarily by a board of professional artists. As a voluntarily run artist led gallery, the internship is also unpaid.

Any inquiries please contact: Connor Robertson or Daniel Carter at

CE Scheme Placement | Weekend Gallery Facilitator at Butler Gallery, Kilkenny

Application deadline: 31 May

Reception / general office duties. Weekend work (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Interest in Art desirable. Applicants must be registered with DSP and meet specific eligibility criteria for this post. Eligibility will be checked by DSP prior to any referral for CE Schemes. Ineligible applicants will not be able to access this CE position.

To find out if you are eligible and to apply for the position:
Contact DSP Employment Services Offices to check your eligibility. Submit your name against Job Reference 2036062

If eligible please forward CV to: Kilkenny Voluntary Bodies Ltd, Happe House, 22 Hebron Park, Kilkenny.
Tel: 087 2352705 Email:

For information on Community Employment Schemes (CE Scheme) see:

CE Scheme Placement | Front of House Coordinator at The National Sculpture Factory, Cork City

Application deadline: 5 May, 5pm

This position is only open to people who are eligible for Community Employment Scheme, i.e. over 25 years of age and in receipt of a Dept. of Social Protection payment for 12 months or more.

Front of House Coordinator at The National Sculpture Factory, Cork City.

  • Answer all calls to the NSF and ensure they are forwarded to the relevant people.
  • Take telephone messages for the staff.
  • Perform general receptionist duties and type a variety of correspondence (under the instruction of the director / administrator).
  • To disseminate the daily post to the relevant staff and artists.
  • Assisting in general administration duties under the instruction of the director/ administrator.
  • Assist with the administration of special events i.e. lectures, workshops, training etc.
  • Check the answering machine every morning (first thing) and pass the messages onto the relevant staff.
  • Provide assistance to artists where appropriate i.e. dealing with general enquiries regarding membership/ rental rates etc.
  • Assist NSF members requesting the use of the fax / phone etc.
  • Ensure all post is collected from each member of staff and posted daily. Keep both the office and factory floor notice boards up to date
  • Attend staff meetings when required.
  • Undertake any additional duties in consultation with the Director that may be required from time to time.
  • Maintenance and upkeep of Membership Database.
  • Recruitment of Members

To apply for this position please email your CV to

For information on Community Employment Schemes (CE Scheme) see:

CE Scheme Placement | Staff Artist at Signal Arts Centre, Bray

Signal Arts Centre is currently seeking applications for the position of Staff Artist on a Department of Social Protection funded Community Employment Scheme.

Canditates should:
– be skilled in the area of visual art
– have good communication skills
– be prepared to work as part of a team

Experience in workshop facilitation and/or experience working with children would be an advantage.
If you are interested and would like to apply for this post, please contact your local Department of Social Protection Employment Services/Intreo Office to check your eligibility for this vacancy.
Send a current CV and cover letter to: Claire Flood, Signal Arts Centre, 1, Albert Avenue, Bray, County Wicklow or email:

For information on Community Employment Schemes (CE Scheme) see:

Above the Fold Creative Conference seeks Volunteers, Galway

Deadline for applications: Friday 28 April

Above the Fold is looking for Volunteers to be a part of this years Creative Conference.

Conference volunteers will be part of a team who will work alongside the Above the Fold staff to bring this years festival to fruition. Above the Fold 2017 will see nine of Ireland’s brightest creatives take to the stage at the Mick Lally Theatre on Saturday May 6th. This years conference has been curated with a focus on Irish Creatives and their contribution to Ireland’s cultural landscape.

Volunteers will ideally be available from Thursday 27 April – Saturday 6 May inclusive, there is flexibility with days / hours during that period.

Volunteers must be 18 years or older.
Volunteers sought: 4

Please apply via email to the address below, with portfolio attached if applicable.


CE Scheme Placement | Studio Maintenance Assistant at MART

Deadline: 26 April, 6pm

MART is an artist-led, not for profit arts organisation founded in 2007. Our mission is to provide creative art studios and promote contemporary art through an engaging curatorial programme. We are the largest supplier of independent, affordable space for the arts, cultural and creative community in Dublin city. We operate on a not for profit basis, meaning that all profits raised from studio rentals are in-invested back into our mission to develop and promote contemporary art. We now support over 120 members in seven studio buildings across Dublin.

Position: Studio Maintenance Assistant
Hours: 19.5/hr Per Week – as per CE Scheme.
Eligibility: Visit Community Employment Scheme Website for more details.

Internship at Damer House Gallery, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary

Application deadline: 15 April

Damer House Gallery is a non-profitmaking Centre for Contemporary Art, current offering a six-month Internship placement to recent graduates. The successful candidate will gain experience in the delivery and management of a new contemporary art space, through a programme of art events and exhibitions.

Advantages for Damer House Gallery:
Damer House Gallery will benefit from the fresh perspective and input of a newly graduated, enthusiastic intern with experience and knowledge of current contemporary art. This Post may suits a local person as we believe that a local candidate will bring to the gallery an understanding and awareness of Roscrea Town and its community.

What Damer House Gallery can offer:
The successful intern will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Liaising with artists interacting in Damer House Gallery programming, and assisting them with all aspects, such as funding opportunities and entitlements and grant applications.
  • The job will also entail connecting artists with professionals in other disciplines, relevant to their work, for the purpose of collaboration and/ or assistance and advice.
  • They will also get guidance in documenting their work.
  • The successful graduate will, be offered career advice and information for creative and financial opportunities.
  • We are also committed to provide a forum to educate / inform the public and/or visitors to the gallery on Contemporary Art and to make sure that the Gallery is as inclusive as possible, this involves an outreach.
  • Mentorship will be provided by Damer House curators, Therry Rudin and Patricia Hurl.
  • The Interns travel and lunch expenses will be covered by Damer House, however, this is currently an unpaid internship.
  • A contract outlining the terms of the Internship will be agreed and signed by the candidate and Damer House.

For more information see: Damer House Internship 2017

Apply by email;

Damer House
Castle St, Townparks, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary

Dublin Dance Festival 2017 Seeking Volunteers

Deadline for applications: Friday 28 April, 5pm

The 13th edition of the Dublin Dance Festival takes place from 18th to 28th of May. Volunteering with the festival gives those who are either avid dance enthusiasts or novices circus performers or performance artists, music lovers or music creators, committed students or retired ballroom dancers- one of the best ways to experience first hand what it takes to run an event of this scale and also a chance to meet fellow artists and volunteer peers alike. DDF2017 volunteers are from all walks of life and backgrounds, from those to whom dance is just a hobby to those who want to make a career out of it either as dancers or in events management.

For more information and to download the application form visit:

PhotoIreland Festival 2017 Seeking Volunteers

PhotoIreland Festival is seeking expressions of interest from individuals looking to join the festival team in Dublin this May.

Please see the programme listing for a preview of what will be happening:

PhotoIreland are looking for volunteers to help in:

– aiding the set up and take down of the exhibitions
– to help out with hospitality on opening nights and events, such as talks, workshops and the new Critical Practice Reviews
– to help with promotion, and also invigilation throughout the festival month

During this period, you will build a knowledge of the workings of a gallery, exhibition making, and event management, develop your skills and contribute towards your working experience. This opportunity would be suitable for anyone looking to hone their knowledge and skills in the arts, with a focus on photography and festivals.

Volunteers are required from end of April until the end of May, depending on what kind of help you are happy to offer. PhotoIreland are not looking for full-time help, but they are looking for responsible and dedicated people.

Let the organisers know if you are interested in a particular aspect of the festival.

For further details and to express your interest, contact with an outline of your interests, previous experience, and your availability.

CE Scheme Placement | Staff Artist at Signal Arts Centre, Bray

Signal Arts Centre is currently seeking applications for the position of Staff Artist on a Department of Social Protection funded Community Employment Scheme.

Canditates should:
– be skilled in the area of visual art
– have good communication skills
– be prepared to work as part of a team

Experience in workshop facilitation and/or experience working with children would be an advantage.

If you are interested and would like to apply for this post, please contact your local Department of Social Protection Employment Services/Intreo Office to check your eligibility for this vacancy.

Send a current CV and cover letter to: Claire Flood,  Signal Arts Centre, 1,  Albert Avenue, Bray, County Wicklow or email:

For information on Community Employment Schemes (CE Scheme) see:

MART Gallery seeks Volunteers

MART Gallery Rathmines seeks enthusiastic and confident individuals to join their volunteer programme. Volunteers will work alongside the gallery manager and administrator in the invigilation and promotion of our exhibitions in our Rathmines based gallery.

MART is an artist-led organisation which is the largest supplier of independent, affordable workspace in Dublin. They operate on a not for profit basis, meaning that profits are invested back into our exhibition programme to develop and promote an engaging curatorial programme.

MART have a busy and ambitious curated programme of exhibitions for 2017 so this is an ideal opportunity to learn how an artist led contemporary art gallery is run, speak to visitors about the artwork on show, meet artists and curators, assist with the install and re-rig of exhibitions.

A background in Fine Art is desirable so this may appeal to students /recent graduates of visual art practice.

MART are looking for a commitment of at least 5 hours per month to include 1 to 6pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Please send expressions of interest to with relevant CV attached.

MART, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin
T: (01) 515 9692

CE Scheme Placement | Workshop Facilitator at Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar

Application deadline: Monday 20 March

The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar programmes high-quality arts workshops for all the community across a range of art forms. The Linenhall is currently seeking applications for one position on a Community Employment Scheme which supports its Visual Art Programme for Schools.

Candidates shall:
(1) be skilled in the area of visual art;
(2) have good communications skills;
(3) be prepared to work as part of a team;

Experience in workshop facilitation and/or experience working with children would be an advantage.

Candidates should be available for interview Tue 28 March 10.30am.

If you are interested and meet Community Employment eligibility criteria (please check with your local INTREO office quoting job reference number #CES-2032133) send a current CV and cover letter to: Visual Art Programme for Schools, Linenhall Arts Centre, Linenhall St, Castlebar, Co Mayo.

For information on Community Employment Schemes (CE Scheme) see:

Paid Internship | Design/Marketing and Sales Assistant at Shane Holland Design Workshops

Seeking a paid intern or possibly more experienced individual to join the team of Shane Holland Design Workshops to assist in creating engaging posts, video campaigns and sales activity to promote this busy design studio engaged in creating bespoke products and sculptural items for private and corporate clients.

Shane Holland Design Workshops want a self motivated person with excellent written and spoken English to present social media content and to assist in artwork preparation/presentations on computer and, to engage with customers and assist in exhibitions and commissions. This requires a person with knowledge of Word Excel ,and design /drawing/ photo editing packages.

The position may start as a full time paid internship of max 12 months with the potential to join the small team full time after this period. Alternatively a more experienced candidate may require less training to progress to a full post.

Shane Holland Design Workshops are based in Duleek Business Park, Co Meath. Shane Holland is an NCAD design graduate and his studio works on lighting, furniture, awards and sculptural projects worldwide and continue to produce finely crafted products and commissions for many sectors.

CVs to