Here at Camden Arts Centre, we strive to involve members of the public in the ideas and processes of today’s artists, and the artists who inspire them. We are committed to creating a community that encourages people of all ages, abilities and areas of interest to engage with contemporary art. We cherish an environment free from all forms of discrimination and promote equality in the workplace. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.
We are a Disability Confident employer and guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that the individual must provide us with evidence in their application form which demonstrates that they generally meet the level of competence required for each competency, as well as meeting any of the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential. If you want to apply under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, simply complete the declaration form which will be provided to download alongside the application pack for the position.
Please note that information on our current job vacancies will be listed as and when they become available.
Inspiring art and artistic practice since 1965, Camden Arts Centre is a place for seeing, making and talking about contemporary art. Our year-round programme includes an array of exhibitions, artist residencies, talks and events, school and artists’ projects, courses and off-site activities. We believe that art should be inclusive, and so, we encourage volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience to get involved.
Given that we are a registered charity and an Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio organisation, we rely on the generous support of volunteers and our team of 50+ Volunteer Front of House Assistants are central to the smooth running of our gallery spaces, events and programmes.
From September 26 2019, Camden Arts Centre will be presenting the first major institutional exhibition in the UK of work by celebrated Greek Cypriot artist Christodoulos Panayiotou (b. 1978, Limassol, Cyprus). Presented across all of Camden Arts Centre’s iconic gallery spaces, this major solo exhibition will introduce the work of this important artist to UK audiences for the first time.
Informed by his interest in architecture, archaeology, anthropology and cultural histories, Panayiotou is responding very directly to the building and the spaces here, activating and re-imagining the Centre’s galleries with a series of poetic and subtle interventions.
Our Volunteer Front of House Assistants will play a vital part in welcoming visitors into the gallery spaces, enhancing visitor’s understanding of Panayiotou’s practice, protecting the works on display and gathering feedback on the exhibition from visitors to the Centre.
Working under the supervision of a Team Leader, our Volunteer Front of House Assistants are the public face of Camden Arts Centre. Volunteering for one 4.5 hour shift per week for the duration of at least one exhibition, volunteers can build experience and knowledge, work as part of a team, build confidence, expand their networks, enhance their knowledge of artistic practice and gain a deeper insight into the current art market.
At Camden Arts Centre, Volunteer Front of House Assistants also have several opportunities to engage in additional activities that support the centre. Volunteers can get the insider details on our exhibitions and lead Guided Tours; get hands-on and help with our family workshops every Sunday; make friends and be an integral part of our creative community; meet like-minded people and share a passion for the arts.
Even if you have no experience in the arts at all or are an avid arts-goer and artmaker, we welcome volunteers who are friendly, vigilant, pro-active and are interested in contemporary art.
Application deadline: 12pm on Tuesday 3 September 2019
Group Interviews: Week Commencing 16 September 2019
Training Session (Mandatory): Wednesday 25 September, 5.00pm-8.00pm
With your help, we can continue to inspire and involve members of the public in the ideas and processes of today’s artists.
To apply, please download the application form at the foot of this page, complete and return to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org – or pop in and speak to a member of staff!
Key Tasks (Compulsory):
• To attend all assigned shifts.
• To welcome visitors to the gallery and answering any questions they have about the Gallery or exhibitions.
• To help provide security for the art works and installations at all times and enforce the following Gallery rules: no touching of the artworks, no food or drink in the galleries and no running (we encourage families to hold hands).
• To assist the Team Leader to open/close the exhibitions at the start/end of each day and ensure that the spaces are ready for visitors and that high presentation standards are maintained all day.
• To represent Camden Arts Centre by wearing the appropriate uniform and keeping up to date with the current and forthcoming exhibitions, participatory activities, programmed events, courses and the Friends Scheme at Camden Arts Centre.
• To be friendly and approachable at all times and to maintain good relationships with staff and other volunteers.
• To record visitor numbers and satisfaction levels using the Daily Report sheet, feeding back any visitor views and security or health and safety issues to Camden Arts Centre staff.
Additional Tasks (Optional):
• To plan and conduct Guided Tours for visitors to the exhibitions.
• To assist artists and Education Assistants on Sunday afternoons during our drop family workshop ‘Family Takeover.
• To attend social events plus seminars, tours and workshops on a range of topics including, art education, fundraising and development, exhibition installation and digital communications.
Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to £5.50 per day. Volunteers can also gain up to 10% discount in our café, bookshop and on our acclaimed courses.
Camden Arts Centre is committed to meeting the needs of applicants with disabilities.
Peer Forum is Artquest’s annual mentoring programme supporting artists by providing them with the funding, space and resources necessary to establish their own peer mentoring groups. Working in partnership with a number of leading London art spaces to host these groups, the programme gives participants the opportunity to build relationships with their host organisation. Camden Arts Centre is delighted to once again be hosting a mentoring group over 2019/20.
Established in 1965, Camden Arts Centre is a place for world-class contemporary art exhibitions and education. With artists at the core of the programme, Camden Arts Centre strives to involve members of the public in the ideas and processes of today’s artists, and the artists who inspire them. Our year-round programme includes exhibitions, artist residencies, education projects, talks and events, courses and offsite activities.
Through the Peer Forum programme, Camden Arts Centre creates space for artists to instigate dialogue, develop ideas and research together, whilst providing institutional support. Camden Arts Centre welcomes applications from peer groups that also include writers and curators who have been working (outside of education) for 2 years or more.
Artquest will fund a peer mentoring group at Camden Arts Centre for 6 sessions over a 6-8 month period and seek applications from individual artists to take the lead in coordinating these peer mentoring groups.
Selected artists/groups will receive:
Artists awarded this opportunity will be expected to coordinate all aspects of the peer mentoring sessions, liaising with their host organisation and participating artists to arrange a mutually agreeable time for peer mentoring sessions to take place.
Deadline for Applications: 10.00 am Monday 30 September 2019
Shortlisted candidates contacted: Week commencing 14 October 2019
Interviews at Camden Arts Centre: Week commencing 28 October 2019
If you have any questions regarding the application or the programme as a whole please email Nick Kaplony.