From front of house to behind the scenes to artists opportunities, we offer a wide range of roles for all.
Artist Opportunities

Attenborough Arts Centre wants to hear from Artists of any discipline looking to collaborate with young people in SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) settings across Leicestershire through intensive 18 day residencies. We are currently seeking artists for three separate residencies at Nether Hall School, Oaklands School or Birkett House.

As part of the 4 year SENsory Atelier programme funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, a partnership of 9 special schools across Leicester and Leicestershire, and Attenborough Arts Centre, are working with young people, families, a network of artists and teachers, and local businesses to explore arts-based residencies, and creative learning through gallery visits and performance.

Our approach is inspired by social pedagogies including the practice of Reggio Children, Sightlines Initiative and House of Imagination. In short, we seek to develop creative learning behaviours with young people in SEND settings, to develop teacher’s and artist’s abilities to scaffold this work, and to facilitate meaningful sharing of learning through practical and reflective networks.

Commitment and Fees – Each residency consists of 18 days of residency activity – including initial observations, planning, delivery, reflection and evaluation.

Nether Hall – The residency at Nether Hall School is expected to be a focused period starting in May 2023 at the earliest, and ending in July 2023 at the latest, anticipated to last between 6 to 20 weeks.

Oaklands  The residency at Oaklands School is expected to be a focused period starting in February 2023 at the earliest, and ending in May 2023 at the latest, anticipated to last between 6 to 20 weeks.

Birkett House – The residency at Birkett House is expected to be a focused period starting in May 2023 at the earliest, and ending in July 2023 at the latest, anticipated to last between 6 to 20 weeks.

Actual grouping of sessions is negotiable between the needs of the school and successful candidate.

Fee per school – £4500 plus additional materials budget (£150) – £4650 total

Closing dates for applications:

Nether Hall School – Tuesday 29th November at 1pm

Oaklands School – Monday 9th January at 1pm

Birkett House – Monday 16th January at 1pm

To learn more and to apply, download the Artist Callout (465KB)


Could you play a part in the future of one of the UK’s leading socially-engaged cultural venues as an Advisory Board member?

Advisory Board members support Attenborough Arts Centre to achieve its mission make culture and creativity accessible to everyone in society. The Advisory Board is made up of both University and external members who provide a range of knowledge to enable Attenborough Arts Centre to achieve its aims.

We are looking for people with a range of lived and personal experiences as well as professional expertise to make a difference to our future. This role does not require previous experience of being on a Board and we actively welcome people who have not had this experience previously.

We want to increase the representation of our Advisory Board with focus on people from the Global Majority, disabled people, and those from the LGBTQ+ communities, to better represent the diverse communities in the city of Leicester.

To find out more and how to apply, click here to download the recruitment pack.

Deadline: 5pm, Friday 9 December 2022

We are looking for Gallery Assistant Volunteers for our next exhibition!

Volunteers are important members of the Attenborough Arts Centre front of house team. They are people who share a love of the arts, giving their time to contribute to the continued success of the centre

As an AAC Volunteer, you will be part of an organisation with decades of experience in providing performances, courses, workshops and activities for children and families.

You would be a public face for the AAC, providing support and assistance within our gallery spaces. Ensuring our customers and visitors have a positive and enjoyable experience during their visit and aiding in their desire to return.

Download – Gallery Assistant Volunteer Role Description

Contact Noreen Gallagher, (Volunteer Coordinator) with a short paragraph explaining your interest in the Gallery Assistant role at Attenborough Arts Centre.


We have no commissions open currently.

Paid Opportunities

Front of House Assistant


Be a part of the front of house team with a focus on providing the visitor with a point of contact for the Attenborough Arts Centre, delivering a high standard of front of house support and customer care. The job includes liaising with visitors face to face, on the phone, operating the box office and delivering basic administrative tasks throughout the building when required. The majority of this role will be to assist with holiday cover and hours outside of our core Monday – Friday (9am – 5pm).

Duties and responsibilities
• Be proactive with customers/visitors responding to visitors everyday queries about courses, exhibitions, performances and events, face to face and on the phone, escalating requests outside own knowledge or experience to management.
• Sell tickets for events, courses and workshops using box office system, Ticketsolve, Operate tills and credit card machine, ensuring the relevant cash handling procedures are followed and records maintained, including cashing up at the end of a shift
• Maintain a clean and safe working environment for customers and other team members by adhering to health and safety laws

Skills and experience
• Educated to A-level standard, or equivalent.
• Previous customer service experience
• Cash handling
• Good written and verbal communication skills
• Commitment to promoting inclusive arts


Attenborough Arts Centre


Additional information
How to apply:
Please apply online with your CV and cover letter detailing an example of a time when you gave excellent customer service.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 27th November 2022

Unitemps is acting as an Employment Business, supplying temporary workers, in relation to this vacancy.

Apply for Front of House Assistant position

Paid Call-Out for professional Musicians to join our Soundbites programme!

Every Tuesday lunchtime, we provide a free music performance at Attenborough Arts Centre for our community audience. We try to schedule a variety of genres and we are looking to expand our list of artists.

A Soundbites performance includes: a fee of up to £100.00, a performance on a Tuesday lunchtime between 12:15-13:15, including use of the PA for amplification in the main hall.

This is our paid call-out for local professional musicians. As an inclusive arts centre, offering opportunities for all, Attenborough Arts Centre will be happy to receive applications from all professional individual artists or music acts regardless of experience. However, we encourage applications from artists who may meet the following criteria:

Artists from underrepresented backgrounds.

A show which is accessible and appropriate for a wide audience.

A show which will be engaging, enjoyable and entertaining.

A show which will leave the audience with a positive outlook or perspective on current issues.

A show that might seek to engage its audience as active participants. (such as handing out musical instruments.)

How to apply? 

Please see the full details on the application form at the link below.

Download Application Form

If you need to apply in a different way, please email surrinder.bhatia@leicester.ac.uk or call 0116 2522455.

We invite applicants all-year round.

Best of luck!