National Open Art | Careers

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...


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21st National Open Art Competition | Round 2

Art Handling Operations Team


Deliveries: Wed 23 – Sat 26 Aug

Judging: Tue 29 Aug

Collections: Wed 30 Aug – Sat 2 Sep


Chichester College, Brinsbury Campus, North Heath, Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 1DL


Type: Temporary

Salary: Volunteer

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 21st National Open Art Competition. 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 21st National Open Art Exhibition.


Following the digital round at which around 4,000 entries were considered by the panel on Monday 31st July, approximately 700 have been 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, the team will undertake a variety of proactive roles from meeting the judges and entrants to organising and handling the works of art from across the entire UK and Ireland.


What is the time commitment?

For these roles, we are asking for a minimum of at least one four hour shift. There is ample parking and, although it is the easiest mode of transport to the venue, there are good public transport links nearby and 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 21st 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 volunteer 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


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