Art and Design Opportunities

Freelance work, competitions, call outs for exhibitions and other art and design opportunities that will boost your portfolio/CV and maybe even your funds...

2018 opportunities

Exhibition space - Broad Street Studio

Broad Street Studio in Bath has recently undergone a massive refurbishment and has opened up some wall space to young, local artists, for framed work or prints, canvases, and photographs, with additional large window space available for sculpture.

The space will be available exclusively for a one month period for each artist and they will be able to host a gallery opening on the first Sunday of the month to invite friends, families and other artists.

It will be commission based, but rather than the usual 50% taken by galleries the studio will only be looking to take a 25% commission for any works sold.

Open Call - Bristol Aquarium Ocean Matters

Open call for art and design work from BSAD to be exhibited as part of the Bristol Aquarium Ocean Matters: Public Engagement Event and Exhibition 26 and 27 May 2018.
Ocean Matters will bring together emerging research in the arts and sciences to illuminate the hazards, visible and invisible, local and global, of plastic debris. As recent studies have shown, plastic is second only to climate change in its threat to human and non-human life. 
The event and accompanying exhibition will draw together a range of artists, activists, and academics who are currently examining questions of invisibility and interconnection in relation to water, plastics and local environments. We are currently seeking artworks that we can display alongside scientific research findings, poetic explorations of the ocean, and documentary films. 
The event presents an ideal opportunity for both students and staff members to connect with local communities, and to explore their own relationships with water and plastics.
To submit your work for consideration, all you have to do is post image/s of your work on Instagram by midnight 28 March 2018.
  • Hashtag #oceanmatterstoart&design
  • Tag @artdesignbsu in the description
  • Follow us (we may need to message you on Instagram)
The aim is to increase public awareness of the global plastic crisis, and to encourage behavioural change through engaging talks and stalls that highlight issues of sustainability, plastic consumption and ‘ocean literacy’. We expect the event to attract over 600 visitors a day over the weekend period, with many more during the length of the summer exhibition.
The selected work will be displayed on our white boards, and will need to be easily mountable.  Space and safety restrictions may necessitate photographic representations of large or 3D work.

Logo design - Student Creative Enterprise project

Bath Spa student Sarah Blyth is looking for a Graphic Design student to help with her creative enterprise project. 

Sarah has created a detailed business plan for a new exercise studio and needs a logo that will grab her target audience. If you'd like to help, check her design brief and get in touch: sarah.mairwen11@bathspa.ac.uk.

Graphic design internship - Volume Foundation

Volume Foundation is a charitable organisation instilling positive change and empowerment through the sharing of real experience and stories.
In anticipation of the completion and print of our recent Volume, we are offering the opportunity to stand out with evidence of your ability to work effectively to bring a significant project to completion - plus the personal satisfaction of contributing to an exciting and worthwhile endeavour.
The role will involve responsibility for layout and preparation for print, as well as business cards and website input as part of the new launch.
It is anticipated that the position will be completed over one to two months.
We will provide as much support as possible in utilising the expereince to provide the best platform for your career going forwards.

Student Photographer for Bath Spa Careers team

Are your photo skills "head and shoulders" above the rest?

The Bath Spa Careers team need someone with good camera skills and a customer-friendly approach to take headshots of student and staff at our upcoming "LinkedIn Day and Networking" event on Wednesday 7 March.

You must have (or be able to borrow) your own camera equipment and lighting to the event, to make us all look as lovely and professional as possible! You will be shooting in Commons Atrium between c.11-3pm.

Great opportunity for your portfolio and the chance to be an important part of our day! We'll pay you £8.47 per hour for the time spent on the shoot, pre-briefing and post production.

In the first instance please email Jenna at j.rainey@bathspa.ac.uk with your contact details and a brief outline of you and your work.


Exchange residency for post-MFA students - Hauser & Wirth

Hauser & Wirth is delighted to announced the continued opportunity for students from The California Institute for the Arts (CalArts) to exchange with Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University.

This initiative is designed to support emerging artists affiliated with Bath Spa University and the California Institute for the Arts (CalArts) by offering locations to live and work for an intensive period of short-term residency in Los Angeles, USA and Somerset, UK. The programme, launched in 2017, encourages independent work while providing support through contact with academics, curators and artists. 

The residencies are at Bath School of Art & Design, Bath Spa University and California Institute for the Arts, Valencia for the duration of the programme. Hauser & Wirth Somerset and Hauser & Wirth LA will support each location respectively and will encourage the successful candidate to benefit from the activities at the galleries.

The residency will run at each location during a different period. Exact arrival and departure dates will be arranged with the individual candidates, and will need to take place during the following periods: 

CalArts: May to June 2018

Bath School of Art and Design: July to September 2018

Facilities and opportunities

Bath Spa University, Bath School of Art and Design:

  • Studio space 
  • Invitation to participate in the current MA Fine Art course programme, including alumni workshops, projects and events Professional practice events  
  • Studio crits and individual tutorials run by the MA teaching team 
  • Direct link with Hauser & Wirth Somerset, with an invitation to all events during the period of stay.
  • Opportunity to contribute to the Hauser & Wirth Somerset events programme, for example by providing a talk or workshop.

 The California Institute for the Arts:

  • Studio space and shop access
  • Invitation to participate in the courses and workshops offered as part of the Summer Art Residency (envisioned for those who have completed advanced study)
  • Studio crits and individual tutorials run by CalArts mentors and visiting artists.
  • Direct link with Hauser Wirth LA, with an invitation to all events during the period of stay
  • Opportunity to contribute to the Hauser & Wirth LA events programme, for example by providing a talk or workshop.


Applicant must be:

  • A visual artist with a master’s degree (or its equivalent at the time of application) awarded by Bath Spa University or CalArts. Preference is given to applicants who have completed their degree within the past year.
  • Of any nationality, residing anywhere in the world, but you must hold the necessary travel permits and/or passport.

The award includes:

  • Up to £1,500 (approx. $2,000) in travel contribution
  • Accommodation included and provided by each location 
  • £200 (approx. $277) per week per diem
  • Use of university facilities
  • Artists are to receive an additional £500 (approx. $694) for the purchase of materials

How to apply:

  • A fully illustrated statement of support identifying key benefits of the residency to your practice (no more than 750 words, up to 12 images and/or 10 minutes of time-based work).
  • CV
  • A letter of recommendation from your MFA tutor, MA course leader, or faculty mentor.

The selection will be made by Debbie Hillyerd, Director of Education, Hauser & Wirth Somerset and Valeria Velazquez Duenas, Education & Community Outreach Manager, Hauser & Wirth LA.

Please send your application via wetransfer or dropbox to:

Debbie Hillyerd; debbie@hauserwirth.com


Applications to be received by Monday 26 March 2018.

To see the progress made by last year's residents, see the 2017 Residency Exchange Blog: hauserwirthresidencies.com/

Carnival Artist and Costume Vacancies - Bath Carnival

Bath Carnival is recruiting creatives to join their team of artists and costume designers and to assist arts-based workshops in the community.

The role

The artistic team is responsible for the creative direction of Bath’s largest free outdoor arts event and will be creating large scale costumes and structures for floats, wheelchairs and tricycles, as well as smaller ‘section’ costumes. Master classes in their lead artist’s studio will give you the skills to prepare for and assist in the delivery of workshops.

The workshop programme takes place throughout May, June and July and during this time there will be opportunities for you to gain experience working with schools and a broad range of community groups and charities.

The project culminates on Saturday 21 July with a carnival procession throughout Bath’s city centre, and a free festival across Sydney Gardens and Bath Recreation Ground.

On the day you will be part of the incredible team responsible for the management of Bath Carnival’s enormous stock of costumes and carnival structures.

For the right person there is great scope to grow your role in Bath Carnival, with new workshop leader, costume designer and décor designer roles being created each year as the project continues to grow.

About Bath Carnival

This is an opportunity to learn alongside professional Carnival artists who have designed costumes and structures for Rio Carnival, BBC productions, Theatre Royal and Helsinki Carnival.

If you are interested in becoming a Carnival artist this year, please email enq@bathcarnival.co.uk and briefly explain any relevant experience and your availability throughout May, June and July.

Last year’s Bath Carnival highlights: http://bit.ly/2EdKnSr
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bathcarnival
Twitter: @bathcarnival
Instagram: @bathcarnival

Graduate Work Experience - Fashion and Interiors

Lola Swift is a Bath based fashion and interiors company with its own luxury knitwear label. It has an online store and throughout the year hosts pop-up boutiques.  

It is looking for an independent person to be involved in all aspects of the business. This placement will provide you with a great opportunity to experience every aspect of working for a small, growing company.

Job Requirements and person Specification:

  • Help in the general running of the office
  • Research new sales channels, wholesale and retail
  • Maintain & develop press, PR and communication databases
  • Good knowledge of Adobe Photoshop
  • Assist in the writing and distribution of press materials
  • Research and develop new season knitwear ideas
  • Have a good understanding of fashion/interior trends
  • A good eye for colour, texture, fabrics and patterns
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Good oral and written communication skills 

Hours:1-2 days a week, with flexibility on days

Contact us: hello@lolaswift.co.uk

Date added: 09/02/18

Call for poster design - SpaLife magazine

SpaLife magazine is looking for artists and designers to create promotional posters to announce its new issue. 
The team needs one A3 and one A4 poster for each feature (there are currently 11), using one of the images as a background and featuring a thought-provoking tagline or question to overlay the image. The tag line needs to be connected to the feature's content and speak to a student audience. Although the SpaLife team already has ideas for this, creative input is welcomed. It should be bold and typographic.
This would be a voluntary job, however, all credit will be given to the designer and will provide you with something to add to your portfolio. 
If you'd like to get invovled, email Anika (anika.schulze15@bathspa.ac.uk). 
Date added: 07/02/18


Call for Artwork - Soft Rebellion Exhibition

Soft Rebellion is an exhibition centred around the Meta-Modernist school of thinking. This exhibition will showcase artists whose work embodies a sense of sincerity, informed naivety and optimism.

The aim is to celebrate a passion-driven, fluid, and sceptical (but non-cynical) outlook towards art, while communicating a sense of subjective truth that is simultaneously conscious of the interpersonal. No style, method or material is rejected but sensationalism, irony-for-irony-sake, Zombiism and Absolutism are all mindfully opposed.

This is a soft artistic rebellion - not pure but pragmatic, passionate but informed. It does not seek to overthrow modernist and post-modernist teachings but instead looks to move forwards without the negative constructs or connotations of both.

All mediums, methods and proposals welcome.

To submit work or a proposal, email up to 500 words and accompanying images to rebellion@fringeartsbath.co.uk by 20 March 2018.

For additional information: www.metamodernism.org

Curated by Toby (Tobes) Rainbird. 

Date added: 1/2/18


Call for Submissions - Establish Zine

Establish Zine is a monthly zine running until the end of June 2018 and is currently looking for submissions.

Having just released its first issue, Establish is now looking for artists, photographers and writers to contribute to the upcoming issues. 

Please send submissions to establishzine@gmail.com, or use the online form here


Self Promotion Opportunity - Spotlight Radio Show

Final year film and TV production student Hannah Thorpe is scouting for eager Bath Spa uni students looking promote their work (musicians, dancers, writers, artists, and actors...), to appear on her late night University talk radio show, Spotlight. 

The show aims to shed a “Spotlight” on the various talents that BSU university students offer. This is a great opportunity to showcase your skills in a secure and welcoming environment.

You'll need to be comfortable in front of a camera and happy to make conversation with the presenter and other guests in front of a small live audience. You'll get to meet with the guests and host before filming so that you can get to know one another. Alcohol will be provided to calm any nerves - it is a late night chat show after all!

One feature of the show will be a “Student Cook-Off Challenge” involving our host and one of the guests, so if you're willing to be a part of that, it will be filmed on the 9 Feb and will be great fun (very much optional though, so do still apply even if you can’t make the cook off).

Please contact hannah.thorpe15@bathspa.ac.uk if you're interested.

Date added: 25/01/18

Designer Vacancy - Maison de Choup

Maison de Choup www.maisondechoup.co.uk is looking for a graduate designer to join its team. 
This young, award winning brand raises awareness and funds through fashion for mental health in young people and is partnered with YoungMinds (The founder is also a YoungMinds advisor).
The team is looking for somebody who can work on print related items, i.e.lookbook and mission statement branding, as well as on digital projects, such as web and apps.
A knowledge of 2 animation would be preferable, but not essential. You'll also need a knowledge of html/css.
Get in touch with Mike on mike@maisondechoup.co.uk
Date added: 23/1/18

Bath Marketing & Fashion Internship

Lazewear.com is looking for someone hard-working, intuitive, and creative to join its team on a paid three month internship (or minimum 1 month un-paid), with the opportunity to be taken on in a full time assistant role.

You must feel comfortable with multitasking, as well as using your initiative whilst working in a small team. You must possess good grammar and spelling, as well as a keen eye for detail. You should be passionate, with a drive for greater responsibility and idea creation. The ideal candidate will be organised and efficient, have a hunger and genuine interest in all things fashion and media related.

For further details and how to apply, please see lazewear.com's job opportunities page

Date added: 22/1/18

Design and Rebrand - Bath Cats and Dogs Home

Bath Cats And Dogs Home is seeking a talented artist to design and complete a rebrand of its' clothing and shoe recycling bank pictured here. The design will be fresh and bold and include the Bath Cats and Dogs Home logo. It would preferably be animal-themed. 

If you're interested, contact Jo Hindle at johindle@bcdh.org.uk for more details.

Date added: 19/01/18

Seeking Public Commissions - Bath's Parade Gardens

Bath and North East Somerset Council are running a design competition to commission an artwork to mask the electricity substation in Parade Gardens (image courtesy of Bath Newseum). 

Students are invited to submit designs for a decorative artwork that will hide, obscure, camouflage or reinvent the structure. 

The winning design will be chosen in early spring and the work will be installed shortly afterwards. 

Bath and North East Somerset Council will cover the costs of all materials and will also provide a small artist's fee for the winning design. 

Paul Pearce, from the Council's Parks Department, will be onsite at the Sion Hill Campus on 23 January at 12.30pm in the Lecture Theatre to discuss the opportunity and to answer any questions. 

Date added: 16/01/18

Hyundai Innovators of the Future Competition

Design students studying in the UK are invited to create a vision of a future Sports Utility Vehicle interior.

Let your imagination run wild and harness your design genius to create an inspirational vision of the future.

The brief

In 50 years’ time, it is predicted that all SUVs will be driverless - which means that current interior designs will be obsolete. Removing the necessity for forward facing seats, steering wheels and windows, SUVs may become an extension of our homes or offices. But what will these interiors of the future look like?

We know that Design students will one day transform the SUV and automotive industry, but we’re offering one incredible talent the opportunity to make that happen right now. Hyundai prides itself on its commitment to innovation and forward thinking. We want you to reflect that in your design.

The prize

The winner will receive an exclusive trip to futuristic Seoul, South Korea (including a ticket for a friend and £1,000 spending money) to get a valuable insight into Hyundai’s cutting-edge approach to vehicle production.

The winner and runners up will also have their submissions showcased on the Hyundai’s website, which receives millions of visits a year, alongside exclusive insights from leaders in the worlds of design and motoring.

How to enter

Visit the Hyundai Innovators of the Future page and complete the online form. Full entry guidelines are also available.

For more information about the competition, please visit Hyundai's SUV page

Deadline: 04/02/18

Date added: 15/12/17

Past Opportunities

Call for artists: Mind In Crisis Graffiti Feat

Bath charity start up, Mind in Crisis, is calling for creatives to transform flip-flops as to help fund its work in setting up a mental health emergency call out service. 

A large percentage of 999 calls are related to mental health incidents, which the emergency services are not necessarily equipped to deal with. Mind in Crisis plans to provide an emergency call out service specifically for emotional/mental health issues, to complement the emergency services and allow them focus on physical health emergencies. 

The transformed flip-flops will be sold through the charity's website to raise funds, and artists will receive 30% of net profits on sales of their design. 

All details for entry at mindincrisis.co.uk/graffiti. Find out more about Mind In Crisis' work at mindincrisis.co.uk.

Collaborate across courses with a social networking website exclusive to Bath Spa students

A new, free-to-join social networking website, exclusive to Bath Spa University students, has been launched to help Bath Spa's creative talent collaborate across courses and campuses.

The platform allows you to network with other students from various courses and find team members from across the University to collaborate on your project, or find other students' projects that need your skills. 

Once you've found your collaborators, Creatives For You also makes it possible for you to keep your work organised with its project management tool. You can start building your portfolio from first year and develop those all-important networking skills within the University - making the world of Bath Spa Creatives a smaller one.

Find out more and sign up at creativesforyou.com or come and chat to Creatives for You founder and developer, third year Bath Spa Student Ekta Mahajan, in Café Sion on:

  • Tuesday 28 November
  • Monday 4 December
  • Wednesday 6 December
  • Tuesday 12 December
  • Thursday 14 December.

Artist studios to let near Bath

New artist studios are availalbe to let at Swineford, a ten minute drive from Bath.

Facilities include central heating, lighting, plug points, toilets, kitchen area (and river view for some spaces) and a good working environment for about six to eight 2D artists. Four have already been reserved, leaving three or four still available.

To find out more contact Brian on +44 (0)7870 756539 / brian.elwell01@btinternet.com

Date added: 17/11/17

Design and produce The Bath Cup

Bath Racecourse is looking to commission the production of a new trophy, The Bath Cup, and has opened a call for proposals from all second and third year 3D Design and Sculpture students. 

The brief

Bath is a city of great significance, built on a rich history of Roman baths, Georgian architecture, literature, art, industry, natural beauty and tourism.

Part of this heritage is Bath Racecourse, established in 1811. Traditionally the racecourse only held one meet a year over two days, this has gradually increased to the 23 fixtures that are now staged each year. Bath’s biggest race during the early centuries was named the "Somersetshire Stakes", a race that continues today.

In September 2018, Bath Racecourse is resurrecting the historic two-day meeting by staging the inaugural Bath Cup Festival. The festival will run over 15-6 September and feature horse racing and a variety of entertainment including a concert. To celebrate the city and the people that the racecourse serves, the historic Somersetshire Stakes will be renamed "The Bath Cup".

Bath Racecourse is calling for proposals for the design and production of this new trophy exclusively from students of Bath Spa University. The opportunity is to design, create and produce The Bath Cup, which will become a piece of history, not only for the city, but a coveted trophy recognised and respected throughout the horse racing industry.  The trophy will be presented to the media and taken on a tour of the community prior to the race meeting and then presented to the owner of the winning horse on the day.

The form the trophy takes is up to you. Something classical? Something innovative? The only criteria is that it has to have a relevance to Bath and have a sense of prestige through the materials used, the construction methods and the form. Your design should also include the words “The Bath Cup” somewhere.

The final trophy should be 200mm to 450mm high by no more than 200mm wide and 200mm deep. It should weigh no more than 1500 grams. The final design can be made of any safe material (non flammable or toxic) and must be sturdy, easy to handle and built to last.

How to apply

  1. Send an indication of your interest to Russell Smith, Executive Director (rsmith@bath-racecourse.co.uk) by Friday 15 December.
  2. Submit your complete proposal no later than 31 January as a PDF (5mb or less) of no more than four pages, include the following information:
  • Your name and contact details
  • An artist statement on how your proposal answers the brief
  • A clear visualisation of your proposed design
  • Details of the construction method and materials required.

The entries will be judged by a panel comprised of members of the Bath community, racing experts, senior management of Bath Racecourse and professionals within the creative industry. Bath Racecourse may ask your design to be modified so some flexibility within the concept is also potentially useful. 

The prizes

First prize

£750 will be awarded to the winner to produce or oversee production of their design. The winner will also be spotlighted in the promotion of the Bath Cup Festival and named in all press releases and media events both locally and nationally, as well has having the opportunity to showcase their work within Bath Racecourse during the festival.

Second prize

Shortlisted designers will be invited to showcase their design proposal and work with the racecourse during the festival.    

Key dates

  • Indication of interest - 15 December 2017
  • Initial proposal deadline - 31 January 2018
  • Shortlist announced - 14 February 2018
  • Winner announced and press call - 1 March 2018
  • Finalised trophy produced - 30 June 2018
  • Bath Cup - 15 and 16 September 2018 

Date added: 17/11/17

Call for artists to paint mural

The Giggling Squid restaurant, opening early next year in Bath, is looking for three artists to paint an interior wall each in its new Grade II listed home, a converted school in Saw Close. 

Giggling Squid will provide a set monetary amount to cover expenses. Your work will gain exposure and there will be plenty of marketing and PR opportunities for you and the collaboration. You'll also be invited to the restaurant's exclusive VIP opening party.

Contact Iona on iona@samphirecommunications.com to find out more and propose a piece of work.

Deadline for submission: Thursday 30 November, 6:00pm

Deadline for completion: Friday 29 December

Date added: 17/11/17

Incubator 2018 - exhibition call-out

The Incubator, the Egg’s "new work" programme supporting talented creatives to develop world-class experiences for, about, and with young people, is inviting submissions. For 2018, in partnership with 5x5x5=creativity, the Incubator is inviting submissions from artists interested in pioneering an innovative, interactive and accessible exhibition for adults that celebrates the curiosities and fascinations of children.

The Incubator selects artists and theatre companies and provides them with optimal conditions in which to experiment and create. The programme is tailored to best suit the needs of its Scholars, and has previously encompassed exposure to high quality work and expert-led critical analysis, a training retreat, and a supported R&D phase. Incubator artists have received mentoring and masterclasses from a range of cross-artform industry leaders, including mentoring from Tony Reekie, Jo Belloli, Jamie Luck and Lee Lyford, masterclasses from Tim Crouch, Kate Cross, Penny Hay and 5x5x5=creativity, Jenny Sealey and Emma Finch, and the chance to take part in conversations with practitioners such as Complicite and Purni Morell.

Since its inception in 2013, it has been funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (2013 – 2017).

Call out
After a 20-year collaboration with 5x5x5=creativity, as well as a number of other cultural organisations across Bath, the Incubator is looking to appoint a Leverhulme Scholar to design an accessible, beautiful and profound exhibition, which explores the concept of childhood and the child’s kinaesthetic place in the world, reminding adults of the unique role that young people can play in society.

Whilst the exhibition will be targeted at adults, it should be childlike in its conception, and be able to be enjoyed by all.

Supported by the Incubator, the appointed Scholar will research current industry best practices from across the world, before going on to design and deliver a selection of work, developed to prototype stage by October 2018. 

The hope is that this exhibition will receive funding to be fully realised in the months following Incubation, touring first across the country and then internationally.

Applications are open to artists from all backgrounds and art forms. Whilst applicants may have significant design, exhibition or architectural experience, they need not necessarily have worked with children before, as the programme aspires to attract new artists to the sector, and to mark a step change in the artist’s practice.

Scholars will receive:
• A £1,500 bursary to pay for their time, enabling them to attend the Incubator’s planning, learning and industry events
• A budget of £4,000 to research, create and develop their initial ideas to prototype stage (this may include payments to the Scholar)
• Mentoring by a world-class industry mentor, or number of mentors, appointed by the Incubator in consultation with the Scholar
• Support from a pioneering inter-disciplinary training programme
• A further travel and accommodation budget.

How to apply
The Incubator supports artists with time, space, and the freedom to think. In responding to the following questions, applicants should place emphasis on ideas and process over detail and logistics. To apply, send the following information to tim.bell@theatreroyal.org.uk:

  • Name of applicant
  • Name of company, if relevant
  • Full address (including postcode)
  • Contact telephone number
  • Contact email address
  • URL or Facebook address, if any
  • Biographies of you and any other creatives relevant to the project
  • Outline plan, written or otherwise, describing your idea. This should include:
    • Possible areas of research
    • What are the conditions you require in order to develop your programme sufficiently?
    • Who would you be interested in working with as a mentor?

Deadline for applications: 8 December 2017

Applications will be acknowledged on submission.

Candidates will ideally be available for interview on 19 December.

The success of your application will be confirmed by 22 December.

The Egg seeks to achieve diversity in its workforce, and is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.

Date added: 14/11/17

Call for contributors - Deviation Street

Blog/zine, Deviation Street is planning to go into print in spring 2018 and is looking for high quality contributors to join the team.

If you would like to develop your writing, publishing or web design skills, this is a great opportunity to gain further experience and be there at the start of a dynamic new venture. 

To get involved, contact deviationstreet101@gmail.com.

Date added: 7/11/17

Call for artwork/writing contributions

No Bindings is seeking writing and artwork contributions for its fourth publication-podcast. 

Contributions are invited from Bristol residents only, on one of the following themes:

  • Navigating this City
  • Dignity
  • Inside Spaces, Outside Spaces
  • My House, My Home
  • My Value
  • #connected
  • My Voice
  • Join in the Fun and Games!
  • Feeling Well

The publication and the podcasts will explore the ways in which a city is, and isn’t, a place where you can grow older and be an older person.

No Bindings is particularly keen to receive work from contributors who are over 50 years of age, and to receive collaborative pieces between younger people and older adults. 


  • Submissions must be no more than 1000 words (prose) or 50 lines (poetry)
  • Fictional works and works translated from other languages into English are encouraged.


  • Please be aware, artwork will be printed in one colour (grayscale).

Deadline: 5pm, 10 November 2017

Selected contributors will be invited to take part in a relaxed interview. The recorded content of this interview will be used in the podcast material.
Selected contributors will be paid £150.00 for their written piece or artwork and their involvement in this project.

To find out more about the project, you can contact Lily Green (lily@nobindings.co.uk / +44 (0)7724 182433 for a chat before you decide to be involved.

Sending in your work
No Bindings cannot take responsibility for the safekeeping of printed written work and original artwork. Please do not send handwritten work, the only hard copy of your work or original art pieces. 

  • To submit writing, please type up and email or post a copy of original work
  • To submit artwork, please photograph or photocopy your work and send by email or post
  • Email: lily@nobindings.co.uk
  • Post: Lily Green, c/o Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed, 1 Canon’s Way, Bristol BS1 5TX
  • Drop-off: if you’d like to drop off your work in person, please call Lily on +44 (0)7724 182433 to arrange a time.

Please provide the following details when you send in your work:

  • Title of piece
  • Medium (e.g. “fictional essay” or “linocut on paper”)
  • Your name
  • Your age
  • Your location
  • Your contact telephone number
  • A short biography
  • Any online links or social media pages.

No Bindings is a publishing project based in Bristol, producing fold ups filled with art and writing, each with a counterpart podcast. These publication-podcasts, with their malleable format, can be sent as a letter, read as a book and listened to as a podcast. The project was created and is run by Lily Green, a resident of the Pervasive Media Studio in the Watershed.

Date added: 6/11/17

Social enterprise clothing collaboration

A Management student at the University of Bath is looking for creative students to collaborate with on a social enterprise clothing project. 

The project aims to use clothing to disseminate positive social messages, creating wearable social and environmental awareness campaigns in collaboration with both social enterprise and other non-profit organisations.

As the project is still in its very early stages, you'd be involved from the very beginning, brainstorming ideas, drafting designs and looking at suppliers.

If you'd like to be involved in starting this social enterprise project, using your design skills to create clothes that broadcast positive campaign messages, get in touch with Federico on ffp21@bath.ac.uk.

Date added: 4/11/17

Art and Design/Graphics student required for logo design

A new start-up business in Bath is looking for someone with proven skills/interest in company branding to design its first company logo.

Work needs to start as soon as possible, so if you are currently free and interested, please contact jackson.elaine@hotmail.co.uk. Rates to be discussed.

Date added: 30/10/17

Beer mat design competition

Each year the Griffin Inn in Bath creates a beer mat and is opening this year's competition out to Art and Design students.  

Your design should fit onto a 94mm x 94mm beer mat and can be anything that you consider to be relevant to: The Griffin Inn, griffins, beer, Bath, wine, hotels, Somerset, badgers, cows, or the year 2018. Submissions can take the form of graphic art, photography, abstract painting... be creative!

The winner will be announced at a ceremony (with free drinks provided for shortlisted artists) and will receive a £100 bar tab.

To enter, submit your high resolution image to griffinbath@gmail.com by 20 November 2017.

Date added: 30/10/17

Art and Design student/graduate freelance work

Cloud Direct has the need for an Art and Design student or graduate to come and decorate parts of their new Bath office. This is an opportunity to expand your portfolio and will be paid work. 

The successful candidate(s) will be responsible for one or more of the following:

  • Decorating the office walls with on-brand designs
  • Finding and designing a way for Pigabyte, one of King Bladud’s Pigs to be the centrepiece of a boardroom table
  • Designing and creating signage.

To express interest, email: daisy.shevlin@clouddirect.net, with examples of your previous works.

Date added: 26/10/17

Graduate studio spaces at Stroud Valley Arts

Stroud Valley Arts has two shared studios available for young graduate artsists in its summerfield studios, located just above the gallery.

Graduate artists need to be under 30 and to have graduated within the past 5 years to qualify for a discounted studio for their first year at SVA. 

Graduate studios are £88 per month (including Site Festival open studio fees, utilities and VAT), plus an annual membership fee of £25 per year.

To apply for a studio, email briony@sva.org.uk.

Date added: 23/10/17

Curatorial Fellowship at Holburne Museum

In partnership with the Travers Trust, the Holburne Museum in Bath is offering an exciting opportunity for an aspiring or early career curator to gain experience and to develop expertise through working with the Holburne Museum’s varied collection.

The fellowship offers a meaningful hands-on experience of a wide variety of curatorial work that can act as a bridge to the next stage of your career. The role will include supporting all aspects of the delivery of an exhibition from research, design and interpretation to engaging new audiences.

You will be encouraged to maximise the potential of this new role and project at the Holburne Museum through on-the-job training and support. You'll work with your line manager to choose a creative method of evaluation and reporting. This is a one-year, part time position, although there is potential for the role to be extended for a second year.

Full details and application forms at are holburne.org/curatorial-fellowship.

Date added: 13/10/17

Volunteer with the Holburne Museum

Become part of an award winning volunteer programme that looks at getting you the most out of your experience.

The Holburne Museum’s Volunteer programme can offer students and graduates the chance to enhance CV skills and gain a wealth of experience.

This programme asks volunteers to give outstanding visitor service and be a helpful eye on the museum’s collection for its security and care. It also carves out volunteer support roles in the Curatorial, Learning, Development and Marketing departments.

Please contact Joshua Lewis Michael if you are interested in joining at j.michael@holburne.org.

Date added: 13/10/17

Short term opportunity for fashion photography project

Data Apparel is a small local start-up looking for a capable creative director/photographer to conduct a photo shoot for a small line of t-shirts.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:
  • Choosing locations for shoots; one outdoors and one indoors
  • Recruiting models (diverse classmates and friends would suffice)
  • Photography (an Olympus E-M10 is available to borrow).
You'll be providing basic shots of three t-shirt designs being modelled, plus three banner shots with a preference for some diversity among those modelling. Data Apparell aims to promote empathy for vulnerable populations around the world through the medium of design and ethically-sourced clothing. It is looking for shots that are inspired by Scandinavian design, aesthetically aware but still ‘edgy’.
This project would suit a Photography or Fashion Portfolio student - anyone with the enthusiasm and the right vision for the brief will be considered.
If you are interested in this opportunity, email alexisadams@gmail.com with a few details about your creative background, your influences and any links you may have to your work or style.
The photos will be used to advertise merchandise in an online store and in marketing material. The photos will be licensed to the successful candidate for use in a portfolio and you'll of course get a reference to use for future employers. There is also the potential for further follow up work.
Data Apparel is an ethical, family-run business and a proportion of its profits are donated to UNICEF. Therefore a limited budget of £50-£100 is available for remuneration depending on performance and completion on time for Friday 20 October 2017.
Date added: 10/10/17

Call out for artists' postcards

Wardour Catholic Primary School near Tisbury, is organising a secret postcard sale of upto 200 postcards from well known artists and personalities, and is looking for postcards by emerging artists to exhibit alongside them.  

The postcards will be exhibited and sold in a Secret Sale on Saturday 10 February for £25 each. All funds raised will go towards our Forest School.

The postcards (and a stamped addressed envelope to submit your design) will be provided. You just have to provide the art. 

If you would like to take part, or you would like to know a little bit more about it, then email secretwardour@gmail.com

Date added: 10/10/17

Public space for artwork

An opportunity to display artwork is being offered by a contractor putting up hoardings around a construction site on Midland Road (next to Argos). There's 85m of blank canvas available, so a great opportunity to showcase some large-scale work in a public space.

Contact Ashlee on ashlee.gunnell@watkinjones.com to find out more and propose a piece of work. 

Date added: 10/10/17

AV support for open days

Bath School of Art and Design's technical services team is looking for a student to provide AV support on our open days. 

Open days for this academic year are: 

  • Saturday 14 October
  • Saturday 28 October
  • Saturday 11 November
  • Saturday 25 November
  • Wednesday 6 December.

Working hours will be 8.30-4.30pm, at £8.63 per hour.

You will be responsible for setting up laptops/computers with the University AV (audio visual) system in the Lecture Theatre and other seminar spaces. Ensuring Microphones are on, fully charged and working, and being on hand between talks to help with handovers, to help our open days run smoothly. You'll also need to report back any issues from the open days in the following week. 

You should have a good working knowledge of audio visual equipment such as projectors, and will get full training on the equipment you'll be managing before the open days. 

See Jon Warmington (AV Tech) in Photography room T0.07 for more details.

Date added: 05/10/17

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