The Tetley The Tetley


The Tetley is looking for an enthusiastic and hands-on individual for an 8 week volunteer placement between 13 January - 6 March 2020, supporting the Exhibitions Producer during the planning and production of our upcoming exhibitions by Emii Alrai and Taus Makhacheva.

The Tetley is a visual arts organisation based in the former Tetley brewery headquarters at the heart of Leeds South Bank development. The building has been adapted to house gallery spaces, creative workspaces, a busy Bar & Kitchen and spaces for meetings and events, from festivals to weddings.

Since opening in November 2013, The Tetley audience has grown year on year and we now welcome over 130,000 visitors annually. The Tetley is committed to ensuring an equitable working environment. We actively seek a broad membership of volunteers, staff and trustees to reflect a multitude of experiences and backgrounds.

This role presents an exciting 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.

How to apply

Download a full volunteer description here.

To apply, please email with the subject line 'Exhibition Production Volunteer Placement' along with:

  • A Brief Cover Letter (no more than 500 words) telling us a little bit about you, why you'd like to take up this opportunity, what skills you could bring to the role and what you'd like to learn
  • Your CV including contact information: address, email and mobile phone number
  • Your availability particularly during exhibition install dates: 19 January - 6 February 2020
  • For monitoring purposes, we ask all applicants to complete an anonymous Equal Opportunities online survey which can be accessed here.

Deadline: 9am Monday 6 January 2020

Interviews: Thursday 9 January 2020  between 11am - 1pm.
You will be notified if you have been selected for an interview by 6pm on Monday 6 January 2020.


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 Fuures 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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