Arnolfini is Bristol’s International Centre for Contemporary Art. We provide a venue and platform for many art forms with a strong focus on contemporary visual arts and a commitment to being open and accessible to all. Arnolfini will be 60 years old in 2021 and in recent months we have redesigned the organisation as an independent charity that is part of the University of West of England, Bristol – located in Bush House, on Bristol’s iconic harbourside, Arnolfini now forms an integrated part of the university’s city centre campus. A contemporary arts centre with an international reputation for visual arts, Arnolfini also houses a multi-purpose 200 seat theatre/auditorium, a busy community and education programme, a successful specialist independent bookshop, thriving café bar (operated by Bristol Beer Factory) and a range of studio and office spaces.

Programme Assistant (Now Or Never)

Are you passionate about supporting the creative ideas of young people? Are you looking for a paid opportunity to work in the arts whilst developing the skills and experience to take your career to the next level? If so then applying to become the Now or Never Programme Assistant at Arnolfini might be for you.

Now or Never exists to amplify incredible ideas that challenge the way things are and project them into the world. We initiate cooperative spaces for 13-18 year olds to work with artists to create impactful prototypes for new ways of living. Our aim is to create free spaces to discuss what to do when the world is slow, freezing or responding incorrectly.

We’re looking for a Programme Assistant to help us out. The role will include supporting all aspects of the project, including working with children and young people. We’re looking for someone at the start of their career and will provide hands-on training, allowing you to learn on the job.

Please apply via the application form linked below – we would appreciate if you could also fill out the equal opportunities form. Arnolfini is committed to ensuring an equitable working environment. We actively seek employees to reflect a multitude of experiences and backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from BAME, LGBTQ+ and people with a disability.

If you have any questions about the role, or would like us to send you an application form in another format, get in touch. 

Please email completed application forms to 

Interviews will be held week beginning 13th January.

Deadline for Applications: Monday 16th December, 5pm.

Programme Assistant Job Description (PDF)


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