Survey by Qualaroo

Jobs & Opportunities

Human Resources Specialist

We are seeking a Human Resources Specialist who can contribute to the design and delivery of people and organisational development strategies and the management of change in support of the organisation's strategic and operational plans whilst providing information, advice and services as requested. The HR Specialist will work with teams across the organisation to support a programme of continuous organisational performance improvement which helps Arnolfini achieve its ambition of becoming a high performing organisation.

Application Deadline: Noon, 4 December 2015

Interviews to be held: 11 December 2015 

For further information and details of how to apply, download a job description here.

Download an Arnolfini application form here.

Completed applications sent by email to



We are pleased to invite applications for a writer-in-residence, to accompany our exhibition of John Akomfrah’s film installation Vertigo Sea (16 January – 10 April 2016).

This residency is intended as an opportunity for a writer to spend time at Arnolfini working in response to the exhibition. We expect the writer-in-residence to provide an independent perspective and response through which our audience’s engagement with the exhibition may be enhanced.

Application Deadline: 5:00pm, 11 December

For further information and details of how to apply, download the form here.

Completed applications to be sent by email to



Are you passionate about contemporary art, learning, and the power of art and education to transform lives? Do you want to actively engage with Bristol and its cultural infrastructure?

We are looking for new trustees members to join our Council of Management who will bring vibrant positive energy, progressive thinking, and professional skills to help advance the organisation’s business plan and impact locally, nationally, and internationally.

If you think you could contribute, then we’d love to hear from you. We’ve listed some of the areas where expertise would be welcome.

  • Contemporary Art Forms
  • Learning and Public Engagement
  • Sustainable Business Models
  • Finance
  • Sustainability
  • Human Resources
  • Legal structures – charity and business
  • Digital Communications and Marketing
  • Fundraising in the Arts

Further details and information on how to apply can be found here.

Application deadline: 30 November 2015


 Freelance Artist Facilitators

Arnolfini is seeking to expand its pool of artist facilitators in order to support the delivery of our schools programme. We are looking for talented people to develop inspiring, challenging and exciting workshops with a range of different young people. Some of these workshops will be based in the gallery, looking specifically at our exhibitions programme, whilst other workshops will be based on the facilitator’s own work and experience.

We welcome applications from artists with a broad range of skills and expertise. Training will be provided by Arnolfini staff, however previous experience of working with children and young people within an educational setting is crucial.

This is an application to join a register of Artist Facilitators and is not guaranteed paid employment.

A fixed fee will be paid for all workshops delivered.

How to apply:

Please supply a statement of no more than 250 words; to include information about you, your arts practice, relevant experience, specialisms and why you want to work with Arnolfini.  

  • A one page CV
  • Evidence of no more than 5 examples (photographic or web links) of arts practice and previous relevant learning engagement work/projects.   

Please note that all applicants must be in possession of a valid DBS Certificate.

Please submit these via email to  In the subject line of the email please write ‘Artist Facilitator Application’. This is a rolling opportunity with no fixed deadline. 


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


Follow us @arnolfiniarts or on Facebook for latest updates.


Arnolfini is actively working towards equal opportunities.

Upcoming events
Family Film Screening Family Film Screening
Saturday 28 November 2015, 11:00 to 13:00