National Open Art is the leading independent art prize, attracting thousands of British and Irish based artists, photographers and filmmakers from across the UK and Ireland to its competition each year. Its subsequent exhibitions offer a diverse cross-section and insight into contemporary practice today.


We have a colourful, fast-paced events calendar spanning the year which presents many opportunities both paid and unpaid for those looking for work experience, internships, temporary positions and just passionate about the arts and willing to lend a helping hand. All opportunities we have available will be listed below. If you are interested in registering your interest for future opportunities, please do contact us here. Scroll down for the latest opportunities...


Opportunities in 2018/19


Art Handling Operations Team Visitor


National Open Art Competition | Round 2

Dates and Times

Deliveries: TBC

Judging: FEBRUARY 2019

Collections: TBC




Type: Temporary

Salary: Voluntary

Artform: Visual Arts

Contact: Amanda Kings [email protected]


We are seeking a team of energetic individuals who can adapt to the fast-paced dynamic setting of the second round of the National Open Art Competition 2018. Appointed to assist the National Open Art staff, this intuitive team plays a vital role in the success of the event, delivering an organised, methodical and efficient operation for the judges to carry out their task of selecting the finalists for the 22nd National Open Art Exhibition.


Following the digital round in which thousands of entries will be considered by the panel on Monday 30 July, approximately 500 works will be shortlisted by the judges for their closer inspection and final selection and awards. One of the biggest logistical and most exciting events of the NOA year, you will be supporting the team to undertake a variety of proactive roles from meeting the judges and entrants to organising and handling the works of art.


What is the time commitment?

For these roles, we ask a minimum of one four hour shift. There is ample parking at the college and good public transport links nearby. Although public transport isn't the easiest mode of transport to the venue, other team members will be on hand to help with lifts to and from the nearest stops. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and light refreshments will be provided in addition to an onsite coffee shop and a canteen who take lunchtime food orders.


What will you be doing?


  • You’ll be on hand to provide a warm, friendly welcome to entrants of the 22nd National Open Art Competition and help with the deliveries from the couriers.
  • Prepare newly delivered, individual artworks for judging by unwrapping and organising the packaging and artworks into their subsequent categories.
  • Help with general tidying and organisation of the common areas to ensure a professional and safe working environment at all times.
  • Deliver all works methodically to the judges for their consideration and organise the works into their subsequent new categories following the judges’ decisions.
  • Undertake the re-wrapping of all works to a very high standard.


What will this opportunity offer you?

  • The chance to meet people from all walks of life and make new friends.
  • Gain experience and insight of working in a unique independent charitable organisation in the visual arts industry and to learn new skills.
  • Opportunity to make a valued contribution to National Open Art’s vision and values.
  • We are happy to provide references for your participation.


How can you get involved?

Please contact Amanda Kings at [email protected] or call 07986 697693


Coming Soon...


Several roles are coming up surrounding the Exhibition at Bargehouse Oxo Tower Wharf


Dates and Times

Exhibition Installation: TBC

Open to the Public: TBC

Exhibition De-install: TBC




Type: Temporary

Salary: Voluntary

Artform: Visual Arts


How can you get involved?

If you are interested in working with us behind the scenes, please contact Amanda Kings at [email protected] or call 07986 697693 to register your interest.



National Open Art Careers

All events held by our charity, including the National Open Art Prize and Exhibitions, are primarily to raise funds for the benefit of the charity to enable it to fulfil its aims and objectives.


The Foyle Foundation
The Arts Club
World First
Belmond Hotels
Welsh Award - Twr y Felin
Cass Art
Artists' Collecting Society
Domaine des Jeanne


Galleries Magazine
Anthony Ward Thomas
Chessington World of Adventures Resort


Chichester College
Be Smart About Art
House of Fairy Tales
Pallant House Gallery