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Jobs & Opportunities

Marketing and Communications Officer

We are looking for a Marketing and Communications Officer to join our communications team. You will be responsible for providing delivery support to the Communications team and to assist in developing, engaging and retaining audiences for the work that we do. This will include working across a range of communications channels and methods, both on and offline. The successful applicant will have at least 1 years’ experience in a marketing role and will have hands-on experience of implementing communication campaigns.

The job description for this role can be found here. Please apply using our application form found here. Applications should be sent to

Hours: 32 hours per week 
Salary: £19,425 per annum, pro rata
Closing date: 2 September 2016


Finance Assistant

Arnolfini are looking for a Finance Assistant to join their team. The Finance Assistant will need to be able to reconcile a variety of accounting documents such as invoices, departmental billing, reimbursements, cash receipts and more. The candidate will need to hold an Association of Accounting Technicians qualification or have the equivalent knowledge through experience. The candidate will be part of a small team and must be self driven, enthusiastic and result-focused.

The job description for this role can be found here then please apply using our application form found here. Applications should be sent to 

Hours: 40 hours per week
Salary: £18,000-£22,000 p/a (depending on relevant experience)
Closing date: 2 September 2016 



We are pleased to invite applications for a writer-in-residence, in connection with our exhibition of Daphne Wright’s solo exhibition Emotional Archaeology (30 September – 31st December). This residency is intended as an opportunity for a writer to spend time developing new work. We also expect the writer-in-residence to provide an independent perspective and response through which our audience’s engagement with the exhibition may be enhanced.

To apply for the residency, please see further details here.

Deadline for application is 09:00 am on the 31st of August.


Call for Musicians

Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg, Tricky, Suzanne Vega, Moby and Massive Attack. A sense of place has inspired song writers and created iconic portraits describing everywhere from New York to Abergavenny.

Sounding City is a unique project that will create a musical map of Bristol reflecting its diversity and culture. Sounding City is currently touring festivals and collecting anecdotes, reflections and memories from local people to inspire a series of songs for Bristol.

Whether you are an acoustic guitarist, a community choir or make abstract electronica we are looking for musicians to get involved and write a piece of music to perform live on the Harbourside on 25 September 2016.

Want to take part? Find out more

Artist Development Opportunity

We are currently offering space in-kind to artists seeking space to develop new work. Find out more


Volunteering at Arnolfini 

Arnolfini recognises the important contribution made by volunteers in helping to fulfil the aims and objectives of the organisation, enhancing the overall experience of visitors. 

We are currently looking to recruit Exhibitions Assistants and Learning Assistants to support the Front of House and Learning & Participation team in welcoming a diverse range of visitors to the exhibition, offering guidance and information on our inter-disciplinary programme, and sharing Arnolfini’s passion for contemporary art. 

As an Exhibitions Assistant your role will be: 

  • To greet visitors in a friendly and welcoming manner
  • To introduce visitors to our current exhibition and the history of Arnolfini
  • To support the Volunteer Coordinators in maintaining the health and safety of our visitors
  • Remain vigilant in the galleries at all times, ensuring the security of our art works and reporting any concerns to the Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Support visitor engagement with the help of our range of interpretive materials
  • Gather feedback and information from our visitors, helping Arnolfini to understand and evaluate our audiences.
  • Contribute to the upkeep of our Reading Room – offering visitors a welcoming environment in which to explore our resources and archival material     


As a Learning Assistant your role will be: 

  • To assist We Are Family workshops
  • Helping with school workshops
  • Involvement with the Family Boat trips
  • Leading the storytelling sessions for children
  • Help the Learning team with research for projects
  • Support the Volunteer Coordinators in maintaining the health and safety of our visitors
  • Support visitor engagement with the help of our range of interpretive materials
  • Gather feedback and information from our visitors, helping Arnolfini to understand and evaluate our audiences


In return for your energy and commitment, Arnolfini offers a range of benefits in order to create a rewarding and valuable volunteer experience:

  • The opportunity to be involved in an exciting contemporary art organisation – working alongside like-minded volunteers and meeting Curators, Artists and partners of the organisation.
  • Valuable work experience within an arts organisation
  • References on request and guidance for future career development in the arts
  • Social events and networking opportunities
  • Bespoke tours of upcoming exhibitions from our Exhibitions Curator and related exhibitions and visitor engagement training
  • Limited number of complimentary tickets to talks and events that take place during the exhibition programme.
  • 20% discount in Arnolfini’s bookshop 
  • 30% discount in Arnolfini’s Café Bar on days you are volunteering
  • Travel expenses per shift to the maximum £4


Group induction sessions and relevant training will be arranged for our next exhibition. 

Volunteer shifts will be available Tuesday to Sunday, and we suggest that Volunteers commit to a minimum of four 4 hour shifts per month. Each 4 hour shift will begin with a briefing from our Volunteer Coordinators, and will include a 15 minute break.

How to apply:

Please fill in the online form to register your interest or alternatively you can download the paper form (please post the paper form to Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA and write 'volunteer' in the top right hand corner of the envelope). We will get back in touch to arrange an informal interview and also ask you to fill in a brief form so that we can learn more about your relevant skills, experiences and interests.

If you have any questions please email


See the latest Zine produced by the volunteer team:

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Arnolfini is actively working towards equal opportunities.

Tuesday 23 August 2016

Galleries 11am-6pm

Shop 11am-6pm

Cafe 10am-6pm

Reading Room Closed

Upcoming events
Summer Cuts: Peng Sound Summer Cuts: Peng Sound
Friday 26 August 2016, 17:00 to 22:30