The Tetley The Tetley


The Tetley is looking for an enthusiastic and hands-on individual for an 8 week volunteer placement between ​26 August – 19 October 2019​, supporting the Exhibitions Producer during the planning and production of our upcoming solo exhibition by ​James N Hutchinson.

About the Exhibition Production Volunteer Placement

Over the course of this 8 week period, you will work closely with the The Tetley's Exhibitions Producer gaining insight into the planning and practicalities of producing ​James N Hutchinson's exhibition, with a chance to work alongside the artist, gallery staff and technical team.

The exhibition will challenge the traditional form of the solo show. Rather than representing art-making as the production of a unique singular vision, the exhibition will instead suggest that an artist's oeuvre is best examined as a complex set of entanglements with art history and contemporary peer networks. Using curatorial – as well as artistic – strategies, Untitled will consider unseen narratives behind, and unintended relations between, various artworks, complicating a linear and artist-centric view of art history.

Hutchinson will present new and recent drawings based on, or directly representing, the work of other artists. These will be positioned within a nexus of works by other contemporary artworks, historical works and archival material. You will support on tasks such as: sourcing materials, preparing exhibition interpretation, supporting the installation of artwork and preparing the gallery spaces during exhibition installation between Sunday 8  September -  Thursday 26 September. During the placement you will also support The Tetley's team during the deinstall of our current exhibition by Nika Neelova.

This is a great opportunity to gain valuable behind-the scenes experience supporting the production of a large scale multimedia exhibition in a unique and innovative contemporary art gallery. The Tetley will be happy to reimburse reasonable travel costs.

Download and find out more here.

Deadline: 9am Friday 9th August


Future Opportunities:
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 will open again in March 2020. 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 2020, is Friday 31st of January 2020.

Please apply with a c.v, a covering letter (no longer than one side of A4) including details of your preferred dates 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

We use cookies to enhance your experience. Click here to find out more or dismiss this message.