Work with Us

At Rural Arts, we’re a friendly team dedicated to enriching lives and connecting communities through inspiring and inclusive creative opportunities.

Working across 3,500 square miles of England’s largest county, our vision is creativity in every community in North Yorkshire.

Through our work, our actions and our operations we strive to live our values: to be inclusive, passionate, enriching, innovative and ambitious.

We currently have one vacancy for paid staff members: 

Programme Manager

£25.6k pro-rata, 4 days per week, 12 months fixed term contract

We’re thrilled to be adding a new Programme Manager to the Rural Arts’ team.

As a senior member of the team, you will lead and support the organisation’s delivery of outreach programmes across the county. Currently we have programmes to support children eligible for Free School Meals, older people, unemployed people, and those isolated by the pandemic.

Deadline for applications: 23.59 on Wednesday 9th June 2021

Proposed interview date: Wednesday 16th June at The Courthouse, Thirsk

About this role: Recruitment Information Pack

To give you information about the role, Rural Arts, and the skills and experience we’re looking for, we’ve created a Recruitment Information Pack.

  • To download a PDF version of our Recruitment Information Pack click here
  • To download a Word version of our Recruitment Information Pack click here.
  • To access an audio version of the Recruitment Information Pack, use the media player below.


How to apply

We want to make applying for a role with Rural Arts accessible and enjoyable. That’s why we’re welcoming applications for this role via any one of the following methods:

Please see our Recruitment Information Pack for more information. 

Championing Diversity

Rural Arts strives to champion diversity in all its forms.

People from the global majority*, who are LGBTQIA+, disabled and/or from low socio-economic backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.

*This includes, but is not limited to, people of Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian, East Asian, South East Asian, Middle Eastern, Arab, Latinx, Jewish, Romany and Irish Traveller heritage.

People from these groups are currently under-represented in the arts nationwide, and Rural Arts is committed to challenging and changing this.

We are also particularly keen to hear from people who have lived experience of or affinity with rurality, rural isolation and/or the work we do to enrich lives and connect communities.


If you require any information in an alternative format, please contact Angela Holt (Operations Manager): or 01845 526 536.

You are encouraged to share any access requirements you may have at the interview stage in the covering email/letter of your application. This includes whether or not you’re able to attend an in person interview at The Courthouse.

This role not right for you? There are lots of other ways you can involved with Rural Arts – check them out below!

And be sure to watch this space, and follow us on social media for regular updates.

We love volunteers! You can find out more by visiting our dedicated volunteering page by clicking here.

Every year, we welcome work experience students through formal placements via their secondary school. If you are interested in doing your work experience with Rural Arts, contact Angela Holt (Operations Manager) on or 01845 526 536.

If you are required to complete a study placement for your further or higher education course, and would like to discuss doing this with Rural Arts, please send details of your requirements and interests to

You might also want to check out our page on volunteering with Rural Arts by clicking here.

Yes! One of Rural Arts’ seven aims is to train and retain creative talent in North Yorkshire, and internships are a really important part of how we do that. In fact, over half of our current staff team joined the organisation through some form of internship or trainee position.

Rural Arts pays all of its interns. Whilst this ensures everyone is fairly treated, and that our interns benefit from real growth and learning experiences, it does mean that we don’t have the funds to run a rolling internship programme.

Any open opportunities will be advertised here on our website, and you can follow us on social media to be the first to know of any opportunities!

You might also want to check out our page on volunteering with Rural Arts by clicking here.


You can find out all about how to get involved with Rural Arts as a performer / company by clicking here. This includes information our our timelines, the type of work we programme and how it works to receive bookings from our volunteer promoters.

Our shop features work from over 60 wonderful designer-makers but we’re always on the lookout for exciting new products.

We currently stock a diverse range of ceramics, jewellery, glass, textiles, prints, papier-mâché and much more.

The majority of work we stock is on a sale or return basis. When sales are made, we give 60% of the retail price to the artist and retain 40% as commission. Please take this into consideration when pricing your work.

If you’re interested in selling your work with us please email Angela Holt, Operations Manager,

We love hearing from new artists who want to run workshops with us! This could be for adults or young people. We also look out for people with specialist skills, both technically but also in terms of working with particular communities. 

To find out more, send an email to Sorcha McCole, Creative Producer (Visual Arts),, detailing:

  • what type of workshops you can offer (both in terms of artistic form – e.g. ceramics, printmaking – and for what audience, whether these are one-off or courses etc. 
  • what you require (including your fees)

We support independent artists and designer-makers from across Yorkshire and beyond. There are three main ways you could get involved:

  • Sell your work in our artisan shop – see FAQ above
  • Be part of our ‘Café Collection‘, which showcases a different artist each month on the walls of our award-winning cafe
  • Through our programme of professional and community exhibitions hosted in The Courtroom

To enquire about any of the three above opportunities, please contact Angela Holt, Operations Manager on