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.

Chief Executive Officer

Rural Arts is looking for a new CEO to make its vision of creativity at the heart of every community in North Yorkshire a reality. 

Working across 3,500 square miles – a geography eight times the size of Greater Manchester – Rural Arts provides inclusive and inspiring creative opportunities that enrich lives and connect communities. 

We’re also unique, as the only Arts Council England annually funded organisation in North Yorkshire to work across the whole county and across all disciplines. 

Like all arts and cultural organisations, we face both challenges and opportunities as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and look towards the delivery of our next three-year business plan (2023-2026). 

Our current CEO, Max May, will be standing down this Spring after four successful years, during which the organisation has grown significantly and solidified its financial and operational resilience. We are now looking for a leader to take Rural Arts forward and build on the strong foundation laid by Max and the team. 

You will share our ambition to further develop the quality, diversity and accessibility of Rural Arts’ work for the benefit of our audiences, whilst growing our sustainability through your strategic vision and creativity. 

You will represent Rural Arts and promote its vision, mission, values and work to key stakeholders, partners and the wider general public. You will also be responsible for identifying opportunities for growth, business development and diversification to ensure the financial sustainability of the organisation.    

Acting as ambassador for the charity, you will also provide the public face for campaigns and build relationships with stakeholders in business, politics and the media, and play a key role in motivating and engaging volunteers, staff, beneficiaries and prospective donors. 

This is a unique opportunity to work with a community-focused arts organisation at the heart of one of England’s most stunning counties.  


Click here to access the Recruitment Pack for Chief Executive Officer.


Annual Salary: £42,500 – £45,000 per annum  

Hours: 37.5 hours per week. We can be somewhat flexible about how this is achieved.  

Occasional evening and weekend work is to be expected.  

Employment type: Permanent, subject to successful completion of 6-month probation period.  

Annual Leave: 24 days, three of which must be between Christmas and New Year. This is not inclusive of Bank Holidays and increases in line with length of service.  

Location: A minimum of three days per week at The Courthouse, with remote- working options available by discussion for the remaining days. Some travel across the region will be required.  

Deadline: 5pm Wednesday 15th February 2023 


How to apply 

We want to know why you’d be great at this role and look forward to receiving your applications in the form of a CV and cover letter 

An audio version of the Recruitment Information Pack is available here:


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 15th February. 



Specialist Support Worker

We’re thrilled to be expanding our team to add a new, part-time Specialist Support Worker to support Heart and Craft, one of our outreach programmes for older people. 

Heart and Craft is entering a new and exciting phase. New, long-term funding will see sessions increase from monthly to fortnight across our eight rural communities. The new programme will feature a Specialist Support Worker – maybe you – who will provide compassionate and person-centred support to those participants with extra needs. In 2024, the programme will expand into 8 further rural communities, quadrupling our impact from 2022 to 2024

We’re seeking a friendly, flexible Specialist Support Worker, with previous experience of supporting older people, to join us as we embark on this next stage of Heart and Craft’s – and Rural Arts’ – development. 

The role is 18.75 hours per week, across Monday – Thursday, between 9am to 5.30pm, and does require some flexibility.

We look forward to receiving your application, which we’re asking you to submit by 10 am Monday 27th February


Click here to access the Recruitment pack for Specialist Support Worker.


Annual Salary: £21,255 per annum, pro-rata 

Hours: 18.75 hours per week, completed at varying times across Monday – Thursday, between 9am to 5.30pm. We predict you will spend around half your working hours attending activities across Hambleton, and the other half completing monitoring and role-specific administration. Although planned well in advance, this split will be variable on a weekly basis to fit in with the requirements of each group and the wider programme. More specific details can be provided upon request. From January 2024, there may be the opportunity to increase to 37.5 hours per week, in line with the expansion of the programme from 8 to 16 villages. 

Employment type: Fixed-term until December 2025.

Annual Leave: 24 days pro-rata, 1.5 of which must be between Christmas and New Year. This is not inclusive of Bank Holidays.

Remote Working: The majority of your hours will need to be completed at project venues across Hambleton. It may be possible to arrange for some of your remaining hours to be completed from home, however Rural Arts reserves the right to require you to work these in The Courthouse. 

Training and development: Annual training budget plus the opportunity to participate in wider staff training. 



How to apply

1. Submitting a CV and supporting statement (written / recorded) 

We don’t anticipate your supporting statement needing to be longer than 500 words or 4 minutes of audio/video.


2. Downloading and completing the Person Specification Table

This will allow you to demonstrate why you’d be great at this role by sharing your skills and experience in direct relation to each element of the Person Specification.

We also strongly encourage you to complete our Equal Opportunities monitoring form by clicking here.


3. Another way that you decide:

We want you to be able to demonstrate why you’d be great at this role in the way
that best suits you, your experiences and your access requirements.

If there’s another method you’d prefer, use it. Don’t feel that you have to check this
with us first.


An audio version of the Recruitment Information Pack is available here:


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

Please send your application to no later than 10 am on Monday 27th February

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