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Volunteering & Placements

Spending time with an organisation such as Bow Arts can offer those seeking experience of a real working environment the chance to put to use their existing skills, and learn new ones. Bow Arts offers a variety of opportunities to engage with its areas of work as a volunteer. These can be project-based or administrative, or a mixture of the two.

Volunteering or undertaking a Placement with us is a great way to:

  • Improve your employability by demonstrating your use of transferrable skills on real projects in a real working environment
  • Consolidate your skill-set by honing existing areas of knowledge or developing new ones
  • Gain in-depth knowledge about a career-path you wish to follow, and make contacts in your chosen area of work
  • Meet lovely new people!

Volunteer for Bow Arts Open Studios 2014!

Bow Arts runs one of the most vibrant and well attended Open Studios in London.  The event provides an excellent opportunity for members of the public, curators and collectors to see a huge range of diverse art form and artists at every stage of their careers.
This year's Bow Road Open Studios takes place on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th June and will feature open studios from over 140 artists. As well as all the amazing things to see and experience in our artists' studios there will be the usual mix of local DJ’s, pop up stalls & performances and locally sourced food & drink, as well as a contribution by local young people via our Education team.

Ideal for students and those wishing to develop a career in the arts, Bow Arts volunteers will gain hands on experience of working for a dynamic & creative arts company in the arts hub of East London. Our average attendence is over 2,000 people so expect a hands on, exciting and rewarding role!

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Gallery Invigilation
  • Flyering & Marketing
  • Bar Work/Hospitality
  • Reception & Information point
  • Building Stewards
  • Sustainability/Clean Up & Recycling

What Bow Arts can offer:

  • Expenses for food & travel
  • Basic Training given by our experienced staff
  • Hands on experience of working for an established arts organisation in the heart of East London

Person specification:
We are looking for people with great communication skills, a passion for the arts and a friendly & outgoing attitude. You must be able to commit to the entirety of the two days and be flexible and open to undertake any duties that a super cool summer event needs!

Applications deadline: Friday 20th June 5pm
Short informal interviews will be held on 23rd June

To apply, please email us with a short cover letter, CV and Equal Opportunities form (downloadable from here). We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteer as a Support Artist Educator

If you are a professional artist and would like to gain experience as an artist educator, then you can apply to register with us as a Support Artist on our Artist Registration page, specifying that you are looking for voluntary opportunities. This is a great way to build experience and confidence in arts education, working alongside experienced lead artists in local schools and community settings.

Work Experience

We are able to offer a limited number of one or two-week work experience placements to students who are studying at one of our partner schools. Placements can be tailored to suit individual interests, but participants will usually spend time with the Education, Gallery, Marketing and Property departments. We encourage students to apply themselves, emailing with a short personal statement telling us more about themselves and what they hope to get out of the placement.