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 are currently looking to expand our pool of freelance Multi-disciplinary Visual Artists:

We are looking to expand our pool of freelance multi-disciplinary visual arts practitioners to support us to deliver workshops in community settings across North Yorkshire.
We have a range of outreach projects, which provide free activities to older people, children and young people, disabled people, unemployed people, people with mental health conditions, refugees and those living with dementia. We also run a range of workshops for paying customers at our base, The Courthouse, in Thirsk.
Deadline: Sunday 24th April, 6pm

We currently have 1 vacancy for a Kickstart placement:



Please note: This role is for Kickstart applicants who are aged 16-24 and claiming Universal Credit. You must talk to your Work Coach at Job Centre Plus about being referred to apply for this placement. You cannot apply directly to Rural Arts.

Number of hours per week: 25

Hourly rate of pay: National Minimum Wage

Working Pattern and Contracted Hours: TBC

Deadline: Monday 28th February 2022

We are looking for a studio assistant to support activities in our visual arts studio, which runs numerous classes and courses each week. This opportunity will enable the post holder to gain a good understanding of the community arts sector. An interest in visual arts is preferable.

Find out more about the role

Find out about the Kickstart scheme and how to apply



We currently have 1 vacancy for a Cafe Assistant:


 We’re looking for a friendly, enthusiastic and reliable individual to join our team.

The successful applicant will welcome and manage customers in the cafe, providing high quality customer service as well as process payments and operating the till. They will support the Cafe Manager with food preparation and stock control, maintain food hygiene records and clean the cafe and kitchen areas as appropriate.

Number of hours per week: 8 (10am – 2pm), plus opportunity for holiday cover

Hourly rate of pay: National Minimum/ Living Wage (age dependent)

To apply: Please Send your CV to Angela Holt, Operations Manager, e:

Find out more about the role: Cafe Assistant Vacancy


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