Join the visual arts team

The Visual Arts team will curate the visual arts exhibitions for the festival programme in February. The team collectively will be responsible for communicating with and getting to know the needs and requirements of the visual arts creatives, setting up venue visits and allocating exhibition spaces to the participants. It is crucial for the team members to have excellent organisation skills and understand the administration required to manage a large volume of artists to curate an exhibition well.



Visual Arts Coordinator
Visual Arts Technician
Visual Arts Curator 1/2/3
Visual Arts Marketing Coordinator
Visual Arts Administrator/ Artist Liaison

Deadline: 15 October 2016

To apply:  If you think you have what it takes, we want to hear from you! Email your CV to with a short description of why you want to be part of our volunteer team and why you think you'd succeed at this role. Please don't forget to put your role title in the email subject line!* 

*If you believe you'd excel at multiple roles, please do mention what other role(s) you might want to partake in if your original application is unsuccessful. We are a volunteer run organisation, so if you would like to work with us and you are a good fit for another role, we will do our best to keep you on!'


Below you can find further information about what these roles entail:

Visual Arts Coordinator (prg):

The Visual Arts Coordinator is responsible for the management of the Visual Arts team, overlooking creatives’ applications and interviews, booking of exhibition venues, curating and programming the exhibitions as well as managing the set-up during the Festival weeks. Strong leadership skills required. 

Visual Arts Technician:

We seek a technician with experience of either coordinating visual arts exhibitions or other events behind the scenes. Our festival often includes artists from an intermedia, multimedia and film background, so our exhibitions need to accommodate artists engaging with many different mediums requiring projectors, TV screens, audio equipment and black boxes spaces. Knowledge and understanding of the technical materials and equipment required in exhibitions and venues is crucial.

We also work very closely with Edinburgh School of Lighting & Sound along with Staged for Life which train students on how to use lighting and sound for exhibitions. Many of these technicians and stage managers are very skilled at what they do. Your role would also be to coordinate these technicians, allocate them to venues and support them by sourcing any additional equipment they may need within the ESAF technical budget.

Visual Arts Curator 1/2/3:

We require three venue curators, each to be responsible for one or more exhibition spaces. The role involves venue visits, site-specific evaluation and the curation of exhibition space meeting the requirements of the artists’ work. The role works closely with the rest of the VA team. Curators will be allocated a venue to manage and are responsible for the venue as a whole including labelling exhibitions, organising signage with the marketing team, and making proper use of the space provided by curating exhibitions that are organised, aesthetically pleasing and allow for the optimum number of creatives to take part. The visual arts curators will be supported by the Visual Arts Coordinator.

VA Marketing Coordinator:

This role will be responsible for working with the Artists Liaison to gather information about the participants and their works, as well as with the Marketing team to ensure the visual arts programme is fully represented in the Festival marketing strategy.

VA Administrator/ Artist Liaison:

This role will be responsible for communicating key messages to participating artists and organising key parts of the programming process including the visual artist welcome event and workshops, visual artist interviews, headshots for visual artists, collecting information regarding their exhibition label descriptions, keeping a record of which artists will show at each venue, and sending key communications to artists via email for deadlines relating to exhibition curation, meetings, interviews and any press/print deadlines for the festival programme or external bodies.