Opportunities @ The Civic



Current Vacancies

Director of Communications 

We’re looking for someone to join us at an exciting time of change. We want to reimagine our communications and establish The Civic as the go-to place for a great night out in Barnsley. We want to fill our theatre and gallery with the citizens of the town and borough and reach more people across the borough where they live. You will help us meet our targets through creative, enterprising thinking and proactive engagement with external partners and clients to develop new opportunities. Working strategically across The Civic team, using your creative ambitions, plus strong relationships with the theatre and visual arts programmers and passion for our vision, you will lead our communications plans through to fruition.

Join an organisation with a huge amount of passion and ambition which is currently delivering a capital project and transforming the way it works and relates to its place. As a valuable member of our senior leadership team, you’ll be essential to our growth plans and integral to positioning The Civic at the heart of the future cultural prosperity of Barnsley.

Be part of our journey and create your own with us.

Salary: up to £40,000, dependent on experience 

Working Pattern: 35 hours a week – some evening and weekend work required

Location: Primarily office based with some home working possible

Deadline: 12 noon 9th May

Interviews: 18th May pm. 

How To Apply: Applications, including personal information, equal opportunities form and application to [email protected] 
Maximum 3 sides of A4 in Ariel 11 point, using the information given in the job pack to illustrate why you are the best person for this role and meet all the essential criteria. Tell us about your previous work history and how this has given you the skills and experience required for this role. 

Front of House Supervisor

Could you be our next Front of House Supervisor? We are looking for a people person, who will build positive relationships with all our audiences, clients, and visitors. You will be managing a small, fun and dynamic team of Front of House staff who work across a range of events here at The Civic, from comedy nights to weddings.

We are looking for someone who is organised, a good problem solver but most importantly a team player; someone who is happy to muck in and turn their hand to different tasks. This is a varied role, where you will gain a lot of experience in working events for an exciting arts organisation with a bright future ahead of us.

To apply please send a copy of your CV and a Cover Letter letting us know about your experience and why you would like to work with us. Please download the full job pack below to find out more about the role and who we are.

Please send applications and equal opportunities forms to [email protected] or by post to The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2HZ.

Salary: up to £19,497 depending on experience

Working Pattern: 35 hours per week – full time evening and weekend work required

Deadline: 10am 3 May 2022

Interviews: Week commencing 9th May 2022

Casual Front of House Assistants

Our Front of House Assistants act as the first point of contact for all customers and visitors to our building and work across a range of events including performances, weddings, conferences and award ceremonies. It’s a varied role that includes stewarding, bar and box office cover.

Due to our programming schedule, this is a casual position, meaning the number of hours you could work will fluctuate throughout the month. However we like to work with our casual staff ensuring flexibility to individual needs.

Many members of our permanent staff team started off as Front of House Assistants, so it’s a great entry into working in the arts field if that’s something you are interested in!

The deadline for this position is open-ended, so if you are interested please email us over your application form and we will get back to you.

Salary: £10 per hour 

Email: [email protected] 

Post: The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley, S70 2HZ

Job Description – Casual Front Of House Assistants

Opportunities for Artists

Artist commissions

Commission opportunity: A new performance for young audiences aged 3-7.

For the 6th consecutive year ARC and The Civic are seeking to commission the creation of a new piece of work for 3-7 year olds to be presented at the venues in spring half term 2021 (w/c 15 Feb 2021)

For more information on the commission and how to apply please download the PDF.


For artists based in the North of England.
CARP is a flexible programme aiming to support artists in the process of creating work, developing and experimenting with new ideas in a nurturing and supportive arts environment.
Download the PDF to find out more and apply.


Join the Civic family and help us on the way to becoming the leading combined arts centre in the North of England.

Whether you would like the experience of supporting your local arts centre or would simply like to meet new people – we have volunteering opportunities to suit all. Even in the post-Covid climate, we are still able to support people who want to volunteer.

Over the next few months, our volunteer roles will be supporting our Visual Art team, with the roles including invigilating our gallery spaces, welcoming visitors to our exhibitions and responding to any queries they may have.

All volunteers will receive training about the venue, our visual arts programme and appropriate PPE.

If you think that you would like to support The Civic by volunteering with us, then please download our volunteer application pack, which includes details of the role and an application form.

Artist & Talent

We are passionate about supporting northern talent to thrive and each year we create as many opportunities as we can for artists of any discipline to enable the testing of ideas, the creation of new work and the development of their artistic practice.


CARP is a flexible programme set up to support artists to explore their process of creating work, to develop and experiment with new ideas in a nurturing and supportive arts environment.

CARP was established in summer 2013 and to date we have supported 38 artists and companies to create and develop their work. In general we offer a small bursary up to 2 weeks of creation space, however this is flexible around artists’ needs.

CARP is an annual open call process and open to Northern artists/companies from any discipline, at any stage of their career.

Civic Scratch

The Civic Scratch provides a supportive platform for regional artists to show the early stage development of a product.

The Civic hosts 1 scratch evening per season and showcases up to 25 minutes from up to 4 companies per scratch event, this is a public show on a Pay What You Decide policy, followed by an in depth Question & Answer session lead by the Head of Programming & Artist Development in order to get constructive feedback for the companies on the development of their specific work.

Application and selection process is through a mixture of open call out to northern artists and through existing relationships with the Civic.



Beyond these early development opportunities we also programme a weekend of new work every season and annually commission and co-commission new pieces of family, dance, circus and theatre work.

For further information or an informal conversation about any of our artist development work please contact:

Ian Morley, Head of Programming and Artist Development: [email protected]

We also thought we would provide a copy of Routes In – Jan 2020 – A guide to getting new work programmed in the North of England published by Venues North.