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

2019 opportunities

Gympanzees mascot character design

Gympanzees is an award winning social enterprise with a vision that every disabled child and young person in the UK has access to play, friendship and exercise. 

It needs mascots that will exhibit its energy and playfulness, and be loved by the thousands of young people and their families who will use its service.

Read the design brief for submission instructions. 

June to December 2018

Cover competition for issue 99 of NB Magazine

NB is a literary magazine that aims to promote diversity within the publishing industry and provide a platform for upcoming authors, independent publishers, and libraries. 

The theme for their upcoming issue is 'debut authors'. They're inviting Bath Spa University students to submit eye-catching designs for the cover, that reflect this theme of new beginnings and freshness. They are open to illustration or patterns and will select the best design based on its originality and appeal.

They're asking participants to produce a concept that they think will entice readers and capture the theme. The winning participant will then be invited to work with the design team at NB to produce final artwork that will be feature on issue 99 of NB Magazine. The artwork will also be adapted to display on the NB Website, Social Media and pieces of print media such as posters and postcards, so it is key that the artwork is flexible and adaptable. All artwork will be credited to the winning participant including a link to their website/social media. All final artwork must be:

Size: 245mm x 168mm (portrait)

Colour Profile: CMYK 

Finish: Uncoated

All designs must include the NB core logo, our strapline (‘Literary, Quarterly, Independent’ either in its stacked or line format) and the issue number. All of these can be provided as EPS and PDF files or another file that is more suitable. The deadline is 31 December 2018, and any entries must be sent to alice@nudge-book.com and syd@nudge-book.com

Marketing and creative internship (with scope to become a full-time assistant)

This role is an internship of one month minimum with the opportunity to become a full-time assistant to the Head of Brand, with lots of scope for learning and growth.

Bath-based online fashion retailer Abbott Lyon is looking for a hard-working, intuitive and creative intern. You must feel comfortable getting on with tasks and using your initiative while working in a small team. You must possess good grammar and spelling as well as a keen eye for detail, be passionate and unafraid of responsibility and idea creation.

The ideal candidate will be organised and efficient, very creative and have a genuine interest in all things fashion and media related. You must have good communication skills, and be capable of multitasking while working in a highly demanding environment.

Skills and requirements:

  • Some knowledge of the Adobe Suite (mainly Photoshop and Illustrator) preferred
  • Previous experience working in fashion for a similar high street retailer preferred
  • Strong creative background
  • Strong organisation and time management skills
  • Good command of Excel
  • Excellent telephone manner
  • Calm under pressure
  • Good attention to detail and manners
  • Commercially-aware and customer-focused
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent, you can always impress us with your experience)

Key duties and responsibilities:

General administrative tasks including:

  • Making sure documents and shared folders are tidy and organised
  • Keeping track of consumer data, returns, and growth figures to ensure the brand runs smoothly
  • Content creation ideas and creative planning
  • Customer service emails, replying to general questions and help queries
  • Managing the social media schedules and ensuring all social platforms are organised and scheduled two weeks in advance
  • Initiating brand and celebrity/blogger collaborations and then managing them efficiently with agents
  • Aiding on photo shoots to make sure they are run smoothly and efficiently

Please apply with a CV and covering letter beth@abbottlyon.com.

Creative help wanted to make decorations for Bath Christmas Market

Bath Spa alumna and Creative Director of Marie Claire, Christine Leech, is looking for help to create decorations for the Christmas Market. 

This year's decorations are being made from recycled plastic bottles and bags to promote the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle message. These waste bottles and bags are being turned into flowers and pompoms and in turn made into giant chandeliers and wreaths. 

To see some of the story so far watch Christine's Instagram story.  

You'll work (ideally) for a week (or at least two consecutive days) from 12 November. Christine has a studio just near Bath Abbey, where you'll work closely with her to make all the components for the decorations and then help construct the final installation. There will be a workshop on one of the days where you can help teach others the skills you have learned. 

This is a great opportunity to work on a super creative project for a world-renowned event. Visit Bath will be promoting the event heavily and you'll be credited in publicity material. which will produce professional photographs for your portfolio. You'll be paid £50 per day for your time, and lunch, drinks and snacks will be provided.

If interested, your CV hellosewyeah@gmail.com by 8 November. 

Graphic design commission: Suffragette in a phone box

A KX100 phone box is to be turned into a commemoration to the Suffragettes who frequented Eagle House Suffragette's Retreat in Batheaston, and needs a graphic designer to create the artwork.
Suffragettes visited Eagle House, at the invitation of Mary Blathwayt, daughter of the owners Colonel Linley and Emily Blathwayt (staunch supporters of the Suffragette movement), to convalesce after their ordeals of imprisonment and force feeding. Each visiting Suffragette was invited by the family to plant a tree, with a plaque in her name, in the garden, which became known as Suffragette's Wood and before long evolved into an Edwardian Arboretum. The only tree that remains today commemorates Rose Emma Lamartine Yates; a Pinus Austriaca, planted on 30 October 1909. 
The "Suffragettes in a Phone Box" project has adopted a KX100 phone box on the boundary of the old formal gardens of Eagle House, to be painted green, purple and white (Suffrage colours), and to contain a full-length montage, protected by perspex / acrylic. Transparent of Mary, Rose and her tree will be placed on the glass windows, creating a 'haunted' vision.
The phone box will be an interpretation centre for Women's Suffrage, ensuring local Primary School children and many visitors will learn, through pictures and story-telling, of Women's Suffrage and its important link with the Vote for Women, and Batheaston, through Eagle House. Cones from Rose's tree will be placed within the phone box to ensure visitors can take away a precious memento.
If you'd like a (paid) feminst commission to add to your portfolio, contact Catherine McCarthy at cathatnorthend@btinternet.com / 01225 852233 or 07740 406830.

Riverside Studios | Studio to let

£150 a month inclusive of: central heating, wi-fi, kitchen and common room area, toilets and river view.
This space would suit a painter or designer.
Contact Brian: 07870756539 or via email at Brian.elwell01@btinternet.com.

Bath Woodburners - website design commission

Small independent Woodburner installation company, Bath Woodburners, is looking for a designer to refresh its website.

The company wants its new website to look smart, professional, clear, modern, possibly with a scandi feel, yet still warm and inviting. It should be easy to navigate, mobile compatible, with a CMS that's easy to use in-house, and is fully secure. Help with Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) will also be considered. 

This is a paid commission (pay to be negotiated). Get in touch with Cerys and Chris Clements on chrisc@bathwoodburners.co.uk if you'd like to take up this opportunity. 

Be part of the Art Collection at Combe Grove

Combe Grove in Bath is seeking to form partnerships with independent artists, to be involved in a new collection of art that will be in place throughout the year (with some flexibility on when the art arrives). The spaces which need to be populated are:

  • The Downstairs hallways towards staircase: 4 large or 5/6 medium paintings
  • The Downstairs hallway towards Drawing Room: 4 large paintings
  • The Library: 4 medium-sized paintings
  • The Drawing Room: 6 large, or several smaller paintings
  • The first-floor hallway: 5 medium paintings
  • The Roman Room: 4 medium/large paintings
  • Outdoor spaces

To take up this opportunity, check the Combe Grove artist brief

Sports branding and logo design

A sports equipment and clothing start-up based in Bath is looking for someone to help design the look and feel of the brand, including a logo that can be used on products, clothing and social media platforms. This is a paid opportunity (pay to be negotiated). 

Get in touch with Duncan on duncanwoods@me.com to find out more or to apply.

Volunteers needed - Forest of Imagination

From Thursday 27 September (opening party) – Sunday 30 September 2018, the areas around Kingsmead Square, Avon Street and Bath Quays in central Bath will be transformed into an immersive and playful experience for visitors of all ages.

Led by a team of local and international architects, designers and artists, the places will be filled with interactive installations, artworks and workshops.

Forest of Imagination is looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to become an integral part of its team. The Forest of Imagination team will need help in stewarding, invigilating installations and artworks, distributing event guides, and assisting with workshops. It will be an amazing opportunity to get involved with one of the most exciting and unique large-scale events to ever take over the centre of Bath, in its role as a World Heritage City.

lf you love creativity and arts and want to help with this prestigious event then we want to hear from you. You will receive full training, free lunch on the days you work, the chance to meet like-minded people, and the opportunity to be part of an exciting contemporary arts event!

To get involved, contact info@forestofimagination.com.

Discounted Graduate Studio Spaces at SVA

Stroud Valley Arts currently has two studios available and is offering discounted rent for graduate artists, for the 1st year of their lease.

Graduate artists need to be under 30 and have graduated within the past 5 years. The discounted monthly rent is £91 per month inclusive of Site Festival open studio fees, utilities and VAT. There will be an annual membership payable of £25 per year.

Stroud Valleys Artspace (SVA) provides studio space for professional artists and presents a year round artistic and educational programme with the Site Festival as an annual highlight. SVA serves local and regionally based artists through low cost studio space, a support and information network, training and opportunities to promote their work through the public programme. Local, regional and national audiences engage and participate with the SVA’s innovative and diverse artistic programme which includes performance, exhibitions, open studios, film screenings, workshops and talks that occur throughout the year.

Studio letting policy
SVA operates a selection process for studio spaces. As part of this SVA has developed a studio letting policy in response to the increased demand for space, the higher professional and public profile of SVA as an organisation, and a desire to create a stimulating and creative working environment for all users of the newly refurbished building.


It's recommended to apply for these new studio spaces by end of September. However we actively encourage applications all year round. There is not set timescale as it depends when spaces become available.


Free Rangers magazine: artwork and illustrations

Independent magazine Free Rangers, written for parents and educators with a love of green space, holistic living, mindfulness and forest school, is looking for students who would like their illustrations or artwork to appear alongside its editorial. 

Potential article topics include an interview with a mother who has experienced domestic violence, an article written by a neuroscientist about the impact of iPads on the brain, and an article discussing the art of storytelling.
You are free to use an appropriate piece of work from your portfolio or you can come up with something new. You will be credited within the magazine, including details of any online portfolios/websites/social media/etc.

If you would like to put yourself forward for this opportunity, or have any questions please email Daisy, co-editor: daisy-may.chivers-black13@bathspa.ac.uk

Graphic designer needed for local feminist project

An opportunity has emerged for a graphic design student to get involved in a local feminist project centred around Eagle House in Batheaston, where suffragettes went to recouperate from being force-fed.

Local feminist Catherine is looking to install a life-sized collage of a known local suffragette into a decommissioned KX100 telephone box. There's already a prototype for the collage, which will be placed behind perspex to preserve it, and she needs a graphic designer to really bring it to life. 

The phone box in question stands on the boundary of the old formal gardens of Eagle House (placed there in 1985) and will house suffragette Rose Lamartine Yates, who planted an Austrian Pine (Pinus Austriaca) at Eagle House in 1909 with fellow suffragette Annie Kenny. The tree is still living in the rear garden of a house in Eagle Park.

BT have decommissioned all their telephone boxes throughout the country and are allowing parish councils and community groups with charitable status to adopt them for £1. Catherine is petitioning the parish council to adopt the Batheaston phone box, to enable her to install Rose inside it. 

If the phone box is secured, this will turn into a fantastic project for a student graphic designer to sink their teeth into.

To get involved, contact Catherine: cathatnorthend@btinternet.com

Paid logo design commission

Paid commission for a logo design, needed for an archery GB County coach, setting up an independent business teaching and coaching archers and archery coaches.

Runing courses for the Archery Instructor award, he will need a logo to use on business cards, letterhead and on sportswear whilst coaching.

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