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 Two vacancies. Find out more below!

1) Café Assistant 

Saturdays (8.30am – 4.30pm), other hours are available by discussion.

Salary: National Living Wage.

We are looking for a friendly, hard-working and motivated person to join our team.

If this sounds like you and you are interested in applying please call in, or email

Full training will be given for this role.

2) Creative Producer

The Creative Producer will play an integral part in delivering most of the programme at The Courthouse and across North Yorkshire.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about creativity, but also widening opportunities and access to them. We are particularly keen to hear from you if you have a background in participatory arts, community engagement or co-production. You will join an energetic team who strives for excellence in all they do.

Click here to access the Creative Producer Recruitment Pack.


Annual Salary: £22,500 – £24,000 per annum

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, working Monday – Friday. All Rural Arts’ staff undertake occasional weekend and evening work, for which Time Off In Lieu is given.

Employment type: Permanent

Annual Leave: 24 days. This is not inclusive of Bank Holidays.

Deadline: 09.59am on Monday 19th June


How to apply

We’ve been thinking about traditional recruitment practices, and how these may at best inconvenience and at worst exclude some potential applicants.

Ultimately, we want to know why you’d be great at this role, and we don’t mind how you share this with us. You could provide a CV and supporting statement, complete our Person Specification Tables or submit a video or creative response.


Click here to download our Person Specification Table.

An audio version of the Recruitment Information Pack is available on request (

Alongside your application, please also complete our Equal Opportunities monitoring form by clicking here.

Please send your application to no later than 09.59am on Monday 29th Jun

There are lots of other ways you can get involved with Rural Arts – check them out below!

And be sure to watch this space, and follow us on social media or sign up to our newsletter 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