Plymouth Art Weekender are looking for Artist Assistants

Image Credit: Laura Denning, PAW commissioned artist

Deadline Thursday 23 August 2018

Fee £10/hr

Artist Assistants will be expected to take the lead in facilitating audience interaction with PAW’s key commissions and will act as ambassadors for the Weekender. Within this, there are specific performance and stewarding roles.

All roles are paid at freelance rate of £10/hr and in addition to the hours outlined above you will be paid for 3 hours of training/induction with the artist you are assisting (at a time and date to be mutually agreed) and offered a full day of visitor experience training and introduction to the Weekender on 18th September TBC.


Performing with Go Happen – 2 roles

To be a performer for Go Happen’s Weekender commission, The Long Way, you will need to be available between 11.00 – 18.00 on each day of the Weekender. The work is based on Bernard Moitessier’s solo round world voyage, which departed for Plymouth 50 years ago, and will take the form of an audio installation based on a boat which will tour the streets around Armada Way in Plymouth City Centre. This role will require manual work (communally pulling the boat trailer) as well as performance. There will be simple choreographic scores to follow, as well as interactions with the public; talking about the work and handing out messages. This role would be particularly suited to dancers, choreographers, performers or facilitators.


Stewarding with Bridgette Ashton – 1 role

For her Weekender commission Bridgette has been researching Plymouth’s secret Palaeolithic bone caves & their connections to the Athenaeum. This role will involve helping set up/assemble and packing away of an artwork each day with the artist, and will include some lifting. You will also be expected to oversee the work which will be sited outside; answering audience questions, proactively offering project information and capturing audience numbers and feedback. The hours for this role are 10.30 – 18.30 each day.


Stewarding with Laura Denning – 1 role

This role will involve helping set up for two performances so the Assistant will need to be available, 16.30 – 20.30 on Friday 28th and from 11.00 – 15.00 on Saturday 29th. The role will include liaising with Laura, vocal artists, a tech team and other partners. There will be a large choir made up of members of Plymouth’s D/deaf community including children, the ability to sign is desirable but not essential. The capacity to be flexible and to think on your feet, calmly managing in a fluid environment would be an asset, as would some knowledge of sound equipment. You may also be asked to assist with audience stewarding; answering questions/giving out information.


All successful candidates will:

– Be friendly, confident communicators with experience in public facing roles

– Be responsible individuals who are calm under pressure

– Be happy to pitch in & do what is needed to ensure the work is a success

– Make an effort to find out as much as possible about the piece & the artist they’re working with

– Have good knowledge of and enthusiasm for visual arts in Plymouth & the Weekender in particular


To apply

Please contact using the subject heading PAW Artist Assistant, with the following information:

  • Full name Mobile Number
  • Your role preference (if you are interested in more than one role please make one application, but list the different roles your are interested in)
  • Your availability
  • Short statement explaining why the role is of interest to you and outlining any relevant experience (no more than 300 words)
  • CV (please make sure the file name contains your name)

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 23rd August 2018.

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