We are always looking for enthusiastic people who share in our vision and can help us achieve our mission. Maybe you could be a part of our team or support us by volunteering with us! Artcore’s success depends on the hard work and enthusiasm of its staff and volunteers. Working at Artcore presents inspiring opportunities, including the chance to discover new hobbies, take part in community projects and even create works of art of your own.

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Job Opportunity

Office / Studio Administrator

Location: Artcore Derby
Position: 21hrs per week

Artcore operates as a cultural hub in Derby, fueling active engagement for various communities in Derby, East Midlands and beyond, to enhance lives by sharing knowledge and skills through art and helping individuals to understand the benefits of art. We are committed to bringing arts and crafts activities into the lives of people of all ages, abilities and ethnic backgrounds.  Our focus is on providing contemporary, innovative and quality services in four core strands:

  1. Art in Modern Culture
  2. Art in Health and Well-being
  3. Art in Education and Learning
  4. Art in the Community

This is an excellent opportunity for a talented and experienced Administrator looking to play an important role in supporting Artcore.

The post holder should be capable of working in a busy arts environment. We are looking for someone highly organised, and able to balance multiple projects and priorities.

To find out more about this exciting opportunity please download the job spec below.

Closing date for applications: 23 March 2020
Potential Interview dates: 27th March 2020
Anticipated start date for role: Immediate start

To apply please send your current CV and a covering letter to info@artcoreuk.com or post it to Artcore, 3 Charnwood Street, Derby DE1 2GT

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Artist Opportunity

Artists Residency Callout – Error & Power

Residency: 14 April 2020 – 22 May 2020
Exhibition: 29 May 2020 – 13 June 2020
Deadline: please send your submissions by midnight on Thursday 2nd April

About Artcore:

Artcore supports and promotes the work of contemporary artists and uses art to bring about positive changes to the lives of people of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds. Its main activities include exhibitions, residencies, screenings, talks and festivals alongside daily workshops for adults and young people.

Artcore is a visual arts charity with bases on Charnwood Street and Albert Street, working within communities locally, nationally and internationally. It endeavours to operate as a cultural hub; fuelling active engagement for a diverse range of communities in Derby, the East Midlands and beyond. Artcore’s long-term objective is to use arts and crafts as a vehicle to strengthen community cohesion, educate, raise awareness and provide a platform for development. Through its creative work it is committed to bringing change into the lives of people of all ages, abilities, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Artcore is also an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Our Location:

Derby has a developing visual arts culture, with galleries at QUAD, Derby Museum & Art Gallery and at Artcore, a University with Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses in the School of Arts, and much DIY activity across the City. Artcore has hosted two annual Visual Arts Summits, and is the lead organisation in supporting the development of the visual arts ecology of Derby.

We have recently taken on a large City Centre space, and this residency will be based at our Charnwood St building, with our new Albert Street building showing the exhibition, placing your work in a prominent new visual arts space right in the heart of Derby.

The Residency Opportunities:

“It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong note – it’s the note you play afterwards that makes it right or wrong.”
Miles Davis

We are looking for early career artists to take up supported part-time residencies with Artcore, responding to the title ‘Error & Power’.

The artistic strategy of creating space for chance, unintentional mistakes and errors to occur and to shape the artist’s work has a long history, and this residency is an opportunity for two resident artists to explore the relationship between their practice and error – deliberate or accidental. We particularly want to look at technological error – the glitch, the hack, the syntax error – in media arts practice and political activism, as a response to the pervasive power of technology, and its acts of control, regulation, prevention, its power to both liberate and enslave its users, though we are open to proposals in any visual art medium.

The aim of the residency is to understand how error is used by artists, for what purposes, and with what outcomes, and its relationship to technological and political power, the characteristics of which are control regulation, prevention, and normalization.

We are offering each artist:

  • An Artist bursary of £800 to produce exhibition ready work
  • A studio space for the duration of the residency
  • An opportunity to exhibit the work produced during the residency
  • Artist blog
  • A chance to deliver artist talks
  • Mentoring support throughout the residency
  • A catalogue
  • An option to deliver workshops or participatory projects
  • Publicity and marketing support

We would anticipate the artists being present at Artcore for at least three days each week through the residency period. There is no additional budget for travel and accommodation, so ideally artists should live within a reasonable travelling distance of Derby, or be able to base themselves in Derby for the residency period.

We welcome applications from artists working in any visual arts discipline, and with a cross-disciplinary practice.

We expect artists to have a commitment to developing their practice, and to engaging in dialogue with the local communities and the wider international contemporary arts and cultural sector.

We welcome artists with an interest in how sharing space and collaborative working can inform the development of their work.

We expect to retain a selection of the artworks produced during the residency to be part of Artcore collection.

Residency Timetable:

Deadline – Please send your submissions by midnight on Thursday 2 April.
Selection will be made on Friday 3 April.
Residency start date: 14 April
Residency end date: 22 May
Exhibition dates: 29 May – 13 June

How to Apply:

Applications should be made through Curatorspace –


You will be asked to provide:

  • A proposal telling us about how you plan to respond to the residency theme, why you would like to take part in this residency, and what you would like to achieve through it, both artistically and in terms of your development as an artist
  • A statement describing your practice, materials and methods of working
  • Curriculum Vitae if you have one
  • Visual material directly relating to the proposal such as previous or proposed art work (please either attach images or direct us to specific work you would like us to consider on the web. Please label any images – title, medium, dimensions and year)

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at Artcore can boost self-confidence and motivation. Working as part of our group will give you the chance to build communication skills, meet new people and learn how to work in a team. In terms of your career, Artcore can help your CV stand out from the rest. Volunteering shows commitment and passion, which are qualities that any employer will appreciate. Volunteers can gain official recognition for their efforts, for example in the form of a Inspired award. Artcore volunteers have been acknowledged by certificates and a fantastic job reference. Volunteering can open up exciting opportunities; in the past Artcore volunteers have obtained work placements in Italy, Malta and Spain.

Our volunteers contribute to the community and have the chance to make a positive impression on the lives of the people they work with. Volunteers have the opportunity to inspire people. Volunteering at Artcore will give you the opportunity to gain skills and confidence, expand your horizons and build new and lasting relationships.

If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, please send your CV to: info@artcoreuk.com


Volunteers will work on visual arts projects, working alongside other artists to deliver projects. Volunteers will gain experience working in a variety of mediums with a variety of people and experience different cultures and styles. Mediums used include plaster, clay, mosaic and painting. Volunteers must be enthusiastic, hard-working and motivated. An interest in art is essential. Experience of working in this field would be advantageous.


A volunteer position is available for fundraising for a non-profit organisation

Administration Assistant

This is an exciting opportunity to work within a non-profit organisation as an administration assistant. The role entails providing general administrative support, greeting visitors and responding to a broad range of enquiries. Tasks will include drafting and sending out documents, taking notes of meetings and producing minutes, dealing with enquiries and maintaining the filing system.

Support Assistant

Volunteer to offer general support. Applicants are required to be flexible and work in all areas. This includes office based administrative tasks, housekeeping, and hands-on tasks.

Graphic Designer

This is an exciting opportunity to work within a non-profit organisation as a graphic designer. The role involves working on design projects from concept to completion as well as providing constructive feedback on other design projects.

Painter and decorator

Volunteers will carry out painting, decorating and hands-on tasks at Artcore premises. These will include building maintenance, preparing exhibition space and installing the exhibitions themselves.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Currently we do not have any apprenticeship opportunities. Please check back later.