Job Vacancies

BCB advertises all its employment opportunities – both salaried roles within the BCB team and commissioned or associate artist, usually freelance roles.

These vacancies are advertised on our website; through newsletters and social media; via our networks, as well as on the Arts Council’s ‘Arts jobs’ section and other outlets such as:

There is a thorough selection process in place whenever such roles are recruited.

Please note, artist commissions are advertised separately but on a similar basis.


Other Opportunities

Other opportunities such as internships; placements; training and volunteering have all been offered in the past. At present, however, due to Covid19 and recent personnel changes within the organisation, we no longer have the capacity to sustain and support such roles, for the time being. However, we hope in the future to create a post which will support such opportunities and are applying for funding to support this in 2022 and beyond.


2021 Festival

For 2021 and in particular in relation to the festival we do not feel secure offering volunteer roles to help us run the festival as it would not be fair to ask volunteers to ensure our visitors are Covid compliant.

Therefore, we have decided, for the first time, to employ paid Festival Assistants. Both roles will be BCB employees. Whilst this means that we will reduce the number of invigilators from a pool of 30+ volunteers, it enables us to create 6-8 paid roles. We are offering these as entry-level roles, offering a start in the creative industries.


About the Roles

There are two types of opportunities:

  1. Kickstarter Festival Assistant – starting in June onwards and running for a period of 26 weeks. These roles will require a commitment of 25 hours per week, together with training. The person hired MUST have been referred through their work coach. This role is only offered to people aged under 25 and in receipt of Universal Credit. *See below for job advert
  2. Festival Assistant – shorter, full-time contracts, running for 6-10 weeks. These roles will require a commitment of 35 hours per week. *To be advertised end of June 2021

As a charity it is essential we receive the Government grant to support these roles, so please ensure that you are eligible and apply appropriately.



Both roles are paid at £70 per day for a 7-hour day. Therefore the Festival Assistants will be paid £350 per week (before deductions) and the Festival Assistant Kickstarters £250 per week (before deductions).

There is holiday entitlement and a pension contribution of 3% are made by BCB.



Responsibilities include:

  • Welcoming the public to the show
  • Answering their queries
  • Ensuring H&S is adhered to etc
  • Involvement in the installation (and de-install) of the shows
  • Education and engagement work.

Please note, applicants should identify whether they have particular areas of interest which we may be able to support.



We are still getting requests from people to volunteer for BCB in 2021. Whilst, for the reasons explained above we can no longer support these requests, please feel free to get in touch with Iain Cartwright, Executive Director, via iain@britishceramicsbiennial.com to discuss your particular circumstances.