Open call

Spike Island: Open Call for Technicians

Spike Island is cur­rent­ly seek­ing expe­ri­enced tech­ni­cians and art han­dlers to work with our gallery tech­ni­cal team and Spike Island Exhi­bi­tion Service

12:00 16/11/21
Range: £9.50 per hour to £20.00 per hour
Contact Name
Isabel Jones
Spike Island is currently seeking experienced technicians and art handlers to work with our gallery technical team and Spike Island Exhibition Services (SIES) team.

Our technicians play a vital role in supporting both the gallery and SIES technical departments to deliver high quality exhibitions and events at Spike Island and arts venues across the country. We are looking for people with experience in art handling, carpentry, fabrication, and AV installation in the visual arts sector. We are also interested in receiving applications from technicians working within theatre and set making.

Work will be offered on a casual project basis in line with our gallery programme and external projects.

Rates of pay: both freelance and PAYE employment options available, based on experience and training. Rates range from £9.50 per hour to £20.00 per hour. However, rates are negotiable for offsite SIES projects for exceptional candidates.

Our next installation period commences 17 January 2022.

Spike Island supports, produces and presents contemporary art and culture across an 80,000 square foot former industrial building in Bristol. Its diverse artistic programme includes free major exhibitions, events and engagement activities taking place on-site and online. Championing outstanding work by emerging and underrepresented local, national and international artists, the programme enhances access to contemporary art for audiences from all backgrounds.

Alongside its public offer, Spike Island directly supports artists through new commissions, over 70 subsidised studios, and sector-leading artist development opportunities that widen access to its programme and facilities. Its Exhibition Services business supports the bespoke production and installation of artists’ film and video throughout the UK and internationally. Spike Island is home to a dynamic community of hundreds of artists and creative businesses, working in flexible, affordable workspaces, alongside UWE Bristol’s Fine Art department, Spike Print Studio, and café bar Emmeline.

Spike Island is committed to addressing inequality in the arts sector and ensuring equality of opportunity in recruitment and employment. We consider diversity a strength and are keen to make our workforce more representative of the different backgrounds and experiences that make up our city. We strongly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or minority ethnic, young, disabled, LGBTQI+, working class, or living or working in areas of socioeconomic deprivation in Bristol.

For more information and details on how to apply, please visit:

The deadline to apply is midday, Tuesday 16 November 2021.
Interviews to be held week commencing 29 November 2021.

If you have any questions about the role, the interview process, or any issues in submitting your application, please contact

Spike Island will work with candidates to ensure their access needs are met during the interview process, while ensuring that these needs will not influence our decision-making.