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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 three vacancies


Trustees at Rural Arts serve a term of three years.  They may be re-appointed for a second term of up to three years.  During the course of their term, trustees are invited to take on specific roles on the Board, which currently include Chair, Deputy Chair, Treasurer, and Board Champions for the four ACE Investment Principles.  Additionally, trustees are also expected to be a member of a sub-committee of the Board.  Our sub-committees are:  Finance; Artistic Planning; and Personnel & Succession Planning

As we celebrated our 30th Anniversary in 2023, Rural Arts is more vital than ever, and by pursuing our vision and practising our values, we will continue to play our part in the cultural, social and economic wellbeing and future of our region and industry.

We hope this pack gives you all the information you need. If you have any questions, please email our CEO Ian Read ( or call 01845 526 536.

Please find the Board of Trustees Pack.

We look forward to receiving your application, which we’re asking you to submit by 09.00am on 24th May.

2. Marketing and Communications Coordinator

The Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Rural Arts will deliver our marketing and communications across the organisation, including The Courthouse, ON Tour and our Outreach programmes.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about marketing, but also widening opportunities and access to them. You will join an energetic team who strives for excellence in all they do.

Please find the Marketing and Communications Coordinator Recruitment Pack

Annual Salary: £22,308 per annum, pro rata.

Hours: 22.5 hours per week. Flexible working considered for the right candidate.

We look forward to receiving your application, which we are asking you to submit to by 9:59 am on Friday 17th May 2024

We strongly encourage you to complete our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Survey here

3. Open Call: Scratch Night Performers 

Scheduled for 28th June at the Courthouse in Thirsk and hosted by Rural Arts, this event offers an exciting opportunity for creative minds to showcase their work-in-progress. We are offering four 20-minute performance slots, providing a platform for artists and companies to present excerpts of their new projects. We are particularly interested in work that challenges conventions, captivates audiences, and leaves a lasting impression. We are also interested in work which may have future potential for rural touring. Selected participants will not only have the chance to showcase their talent but also receive a £120 fee (per company/entry) + travel expenses, complimentary rehearsal space at The Courthouse, invaluable feedback from live audience, and dedicated support from our experienced team. 

Applications are now open, with the deadline set for midnight on the 19th May 2024. For those seeking further details or with any inquiries, please don’t hesitate to reach out via email at

Please find the Scratch Night Application Pack.

(Before starting, we suggest reviewing the application as, once you begin the application process, you cannot save your progress.)


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 Ellie Stephenson (Operations Coordinator) 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 Ellie Stephenson, Operations Coordinator,

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 Julian Hartley, Senior 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
  • Through our programme of professional and community exhibitions hosted in The Courtroom

To enquire about any of the three above opportunities, please contact Julian Hartley, Senior Creative Producer (Visual Arts) on