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.

1) North Yorkshire Cultural Education Partnership Manager

The newly formed North Yorkshire Cultural Education Partnership is a group comprised of a variety of cross-sector partners from across the county, who are committed to realising the potential of, and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of, all North Yorkshire’s children and young people through arts, culture and creativity.

The partnership is looking to recruit a Cultural Education Partnership Manager to oversee the development and delivery of its strategic activities.

Click here to access the Recruitment Pack and find out more

Salary: £30,000 per annum, pro rata
Hours: 26.25 hours per week (working pattern to be agreed with the successful candidate).
Employment typeFixed term contract (16 months) or equivalent freelance arrangement.
Place of Work: Rural Arts will be the direct employer for this role, and the successful post holder will also report to and work directly with the NYCEP co-chairs. Office space can be made available to you at The Courthouse, Thirsk, and also at partner locations. To ensure the effective discharge of your duties and the development of the collaborative approach required to secure the partnership’s success, in person working across North Yorkshire at partner locations – including The Courthouse – will be expected. This can be discussed further at interview. However, this is a flexible role and different working models will be discussed at interview.
Deadline: 5pm on Wednesday 12th October 2022
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 Tables.

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 5pm on Wednesday 12th October 2022

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