Jobs & Opportunities

There are always ways of becoming involved with us, whether this is as a participant or a volunteer, a job or an artist call-out!

Current Opportunities

Lancaster Arts is seeking proposals for our Test Residency: On Circus 2024 running from 16-20 September 2024.

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This is an opportunity for contemporary circus practitioners based in the north of England to test and explore ideas.  

The Lancaster Arts TEST residency is an opportunity to experiment with your practice or test new ideas through a supported residency in the Nuffield Theatre, rather than develop a new show or piece of work. In September 2024, this will be for artists or collectives who include contemporary circus in their practice; this may include circus, theatre, dance or live artists and may involve taking your practice in a new direction influenced by new artforms.  We are seeking to support practice that is innovative, contemporary, and cross artform, and requires a large theatre space for its development. The residency will include technical and producer support and an opportunity to engage with the full Lancaster Arts team and may engage directly with research and academics at the University, if this is relevant to the development of your work. 

‘The non-show-outcome based residency allowed me freedom to explore artistic ideas, training and writing without the pressure to deliver a polished performance. [It] supported me to explore multiple strands of my practice with time and space and scale. This allowed for long-term thinking, and the streamlining of my ideas.’ 
Tom Cassani, TEST residency: On Circus, 2023 

You can find out full information about this opportunity on our News page.

Please complete an application form by following this link.  

Key Dates:  

Application Deadline: Midnight Sunday, 30 June 2024  

  • Interview shortlisted applicants (online) 17/18 July 2024    

  • Site visit to Lancaster: Week of 5 Aug 

  • Nuffield Residency: 16 – 20 September (with a sharing on 20 Sept) 

Please contact with any questions or if you wish to apply in a different format for access reasons.  Please note that we cannot read application drafts.   
Don't forget to fill in our monitoring form here - one for each member of your company.   

Lancaster Arts is committed to encouraging diversity and intersectionality in the arts and we actively encourage proposals from artists from under-represented communities, including people from the Global Majority, and/or those identify as working class, have disabilities, or are from the LGBTQ+ community.   

Lancaster Arts is seeking dynamic and committed individuals to join our Lancaster Arts Board (LAB). 

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Lowri Evans 'Ten Eat'

This is an extraordinary time to be working in the arts; shape shifting, vulnerable and in need of friends, but also, full of exciting opportunities to reconceive what the arts can do for our future. We believe these two needs can work together with imagination, a commitment to finding new ways of working and a passion for how the arts and higher education can work together for the benefit of all.   

Lancaster Arts has been a part of the National Portfolio of Arts Council England as a Combined Arts organisation for 15 years and is integral to Lancaster University, a leading university with associate campuses across the world. Lancaster Arts connects regional audiences and artists with artists across the world working in all art forms in contemporary practices. Our vision is of a world where social and environmental justice is at the heart of change for our future. 

Have a look at our Introduction to Lancaster Arts and visit our website to learn more

As an Advisory Board, the LAB plays a critical role in overseeing, guiding and supporting our work. Members will act as ambassadors and enablers of the programme, bringing critical friendship with new and fresh ideas for the vision and direction of the organisation. We want to build a diverse, and collaborative group of LAB members who are interested in both what we do, how we work and who we work with. 

Please apply via our Expression of Interest form here  

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you. 

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Mill Race: Flow of Change. Credit: Rich Berry


Lancaster Arts hosts commissions all year-round that invite participants to have a direct role in the creation of the work. If this is of interest, please get in touch with us at

Student Opportunities

Lancaster Arts has frequent opportunities for short term placements and internships. One of our marketing placements has written a blog about her experiences here.

Keep and eye on this page for the latest opportunities and how you can get involved.


Lancaster Arts has fantastic opportunities for volunteering. Please visit our Volunteering page. If you can spare a few hours we are always seeking volunteers of all ages to support our arts activity. Get in touch with us at