Kickstarter Festival & Studio Assistant

British Ceramics Biennial are seeking an enthusiastic Festival and Studio Assistant from July 2021 – January 2022.


Who is this role for?

Applicants for this role must be 17 to 24  years old on Universal Credit.



What does the role involve?

The Festival and Studio Assistant will be supported and mentored to develop experience and confidence in working as part of the exhibition and studio teams on the run up to and during BCB’s 2021 festival . Responsibilities include:

  • Administration support
  • Setting-up and taking-down exhibitions
  • Supporting artists
  • Supporting the festival audiences in better understanding the artwork and the ideas behind them


Fresh 2021

You will have the opportunity to sit in on the Fresh exhibition selection day and learn how exhibiting artists are chosen and how to organise the meetings. You will work with the exhibitions team in supporting the artists whilst setting up the exhibitions. Tasks may include meeting and greeting supporting artists as needed. You will be supported in learning about the artworks on exhibition so you can share your knowledge.


About BCB

We are a proactive, energetic, resourceful and positive team and we work together in the delivery of the BCB exhibitions programme which includes artistic programming, community engagement, community production, education and health exhibits. We are looking forward to working with a new team member and helping them to learn the ropes of installing a festival and developing new skills and confidence. If you think this role is for you, prepare to join us through the good, the messy and the challenging on the run up to our next BCB 2021 festival adventure.


Working with

Studio Manager; Festival Manager and Creative Producer


When and where

July 2021 – January 2022 at Spode Works, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1QD.


Number of hours per week

Starting July onwards and running for a period of 26 weeks. These roles will require a commitment of 25 hours per week, together with training.



£70 per day for a 7-hour day which equals £250 per week (before deductions).

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


Start date

Anticipated start date is 21 July 2021.


Predicted job roles:


  • Induction to organisation, health and safety
  • Induction to Festival programme, exhibitions, exhibiting artists, exhibitions paperwork and procedures
  • Preparation of exhibition spaces



  • Unpacking artworks
  • Welcoming artists
  • Exhibition set up (includes: clearing space, painting, sanding and building furniture, unpacking artwork, tidying up)


September (BCB 2021 festival starts)

  • Completing exhibition set up ready for the public
  • Welcoming and introducing visitors to the festival
  • Planning, training and delivering exhibition tours (schools, public)
  • Opportunity to shadow another BCB department


October (BCB 2021 Festival ends)

  • Welcoming and introducing visitors to the festival
  • Take down of the exhibitions
  • Packing up artwork for shipping


November – January

  • Complete packing up artwork for shipping
  • Supporting Studio Manager


Essential skills, experience and qualification

Are you the right person?

Are you creative?

Are you energetic, a positive person and with a can-do attitude?

Do you like learning through doing and working as part of a team?

Are you flexible and able to react positively when plans change quickly?

Do you enjoy both planning based and practical work?


How to apply

Applicants must be referred through their job coach. This role is offered to people aged 17 – 24 years old and in receipt of Universal Credit.

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

Please email to submit your interest in the role. Please include your:

  • CV
  • Unique ID Number
  • Contact details of your job coach

Closing date for applications: 1 July 2021


Please note

  • This work requires some work of a physical nature, mainly lifting and use of hand tools.
  • The festival phase of the contract requires standing/sitting for long periods of time in an unheated space.
  • Warm clothing and footwear are essential.
  • Weekend working will be required over the period of the Festival (10/9/21-17/10/21) and there may be occasional evening working.