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The Tetley offers several volunteering opportunities:

  • Springboard - an annual training programme in participation
  • Volunteer Placements (18 years old and older)
  • Work Experience (15-17 years old)


Springboard is a free 12-month training and volunteering programme for early career artists who want to enthuse and engage the public around contemporary art.

The programme helps to equip artists who are innovative, creative and keen with the skills and experience they need to break into the competitive world of arts education and participation. Through a programme of training and shadowing participants learn how to develop and deliver workshop activities and events for audiences that include families, community groups and school pupils and general visitors.

Springboard participants gain £1,000 worth of formal training with an experienced arts practitioner and inclusion trainer. This training is followed by shadowing opportunities and support to develop and deliver a session, with material expenses covered by The Tetley. Participants also benefit from networking and mentoring support.

Springboard applications usually open in May every year. Please contact Participation Producer, Taneesha Ahmed at or 0113 320 2321 for more information.

Volunteer Placements ( 18 years old and older)

We offer 10 week placements for volunteers to shadow and support our core team, from working on the exhibitions programme to gaining experience of marketing and the logistics of running a public programme. These placements are ideal for university students and recent graduates, but we welcome applications from all backgrounds and at all stages of their career.

Placements are advertised throughout the year.

Work Experience (15-17 years old)

Work experience is an unpaid opportunity to gain experience in the sector aimed at  Year 10 and Year 11 pupils.

We offer one week placements which generally take place over the summer months. Ideally applicants 15 years old at the time of the placement.

The deadline for applications for work experience in Summer 2019 is Friday 1st of February 2019.

Please apply with a covering letter (no longer than one side of A4) including details of your preferred dates, and a completed equal opportunities form and email to

The Tetley is a member of Grand Futures Leeds. Grand Futures Leeds is a network of 15 arts, heritage and education organisations across the city that are working together to increase the number of arts training and career opportunities available to young people in Leeds.

The Tetley Book Fair 2018, Photo Jules Lister

Volunteering at The Tetley, 2017. Photo David Lindsay

Volunteering at The Tetley, 2018. Photo Jules Lister

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