Programme Assistant Intern with Edinburgh Art Festival


Location: Edinburgh
£8.25 per hour
Part-time, 20 hours per week, for 12 weeks
Ideal start: Monday 4 January 


Founded in 2004, Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK's largest annual festival of visual art, attracting nearly 300,000 attendances in 2014.

The Edinburgh Art Festival programme is unique in combining ambitious presentations of contemporary art alongside major solo and survey shows of artists from the 20th century and historic movements. It brings together the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces, alongside new public art commissions by established and emerging artists and an innovative programme of special events. 

The Programme Assistant will work closely with the Director and Programme Manager to:

  • Assist with planning for production and installation of the Edinburgh Art Festival commissions programme, including researching possible sites and suitable contractor
  • Support the development of the 2016 festival commissions programme
  • Contribute to the development, call-out and selection process for Platform: 2016, our festival initiative aimed at engaging early career artists.
  • Provide general administration of the programme at the initial planning stages
  • Process complex proposals from artists and producing copy for the website and associated programme publications
  • Compile CVs and research materials on all artists participating in the festival programme
  • Where appropriate, support the Development Officer to assist with collating information required to support funding applications to trusts, foundations and international agencies



The ideal intern will be educated to degree level with a background in Arts and Humanities subjects.  You will have knowledge of and keen interest in the visual arts, and a desire to develop a career in programming/curating visual art projects. Some knowledge and understanding of the contemporary visual arts scene in Scotland is required.

The following skills are essential:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Well organised and able to prioritise
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Some prior experience of working in a visual arts organisation
  • BA degree or equivalent in Art, History of Art or related humanities subject
  • Experience of Microsoft Office.
  • Able to work flexibly on occasion where required
  • Confident, friendly approach to working with a wide range of people and organisations
  • Calm under pressure 

The complex proposals that received from artists means that the intern will require good critical and analytical skills. You must also have considerable skill in writing and communicating complex ideas, to contribute to the production of publications and website copy.  



Closing date for applications is 27 November 2015, 12 noon.

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the closing date. State a. your availability and b. relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job spec. We do not accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.


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