BACKLIT Student Placement Opportunities

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We have partnered with Art Fund and Student Art Pass to offer three, part-time, paid student placements at BACKLIT!

Student placements offer a safe and nurturing path into professional art careers, and the advertised roles will play a key role in delivering the upcoming BACKLIT exhibition in October 2024.

We are seeking an Assistant Curator, Assistant Technician, and a Sustainability Officer. This opportunity is suitable for students currently enrolled in education.

To apply, you will need to create a Student Art Pass profile. Discover how to apply by clicking the LINK.

Application deadline: June 25, 2024.

Roles and responsibilities


The Assistant Curator plays a crucial role at BACKLIT, providing instrumental assistance to the Curatorial team. Their responsibilities include curatorial research, collaborating with artists for exhibition planning, and active participation in administrative tasks such as budget management and fundraising. They will be responsible for planning a public-facing programme, accompanying the upcoming exhibition at BACKLIT. 

Exhibition Support:

  • Assist in the installation and de-installation of exhibitions.
  • Assist the curatorial team with the curatorial research, and the development of interpretative materials for the upcoming exhibition, centring horror in contemporary art practices.
  • Collaborate with the curatorial team to maintain the overall aesthetic of the gallery space.
  • Produce visual content for platforming BACKLIT Studio Members online.

Administrative Duties: 

  • Handle reception duties, including answering phones, taking messages, and managing inquiries.
  • Assist with the coordination of events, workshops, and learning programme. 

Gallery Maintenance:

  • Ensure the gallery space is clean, organized, and presentable at all times.
  • Monitor and report any maintenance issues to appropriate personnel.
  • Assist with the setup and breakdown of events and openings.

Personal Project:  Plan and execute a personally led, public-facing programme, accompanying the upcoming BACKLIT exhibition.  


The Assistant Technician will work closely with the Building Coordinator, contributing to the technical aspects of exhibition installations and building maintenance. Their personal project will be focused on designing an achievable and sustainable solution for BACKLIT Gallery or Studios. This could take the form of improving the welcome area at BACKLIT or designing a digital studio map for the upcoming Open Studios. 

Exhibition Installations: 

  • Assisting the Building Coordinator in planning exhibitions installs and deinstalls.
  • Working with the Curatorial team on creative solutions for executing artists' vision in a safe and sustainable manner.
  • Conducting research on sustainable and ecologically friendly materials, equipment and tools.
  • Assisting in safely transporting, packing, unpacking, and physically handling artworks during various stages of the exhibition process.  

Building Maintenance: 

  • Assisting the Building Coordinator in researching, initiating and implementing policies and good practice to ensure the Gallery building operates, safely, securely and efficiently.
  • Assisting in Checking and updating first aid packs and procedures as well as fire safety procedures.
  • Assisting in maintaining the storage and tool area.  


The Sustainability Officer will work with the Director to implement initiatives that promote environmental and social sustainability. They will also support staff in sustaining external partnerships centred around environmental responsibility in the creative sector. It is a new and exciting role, working in line with one of BACKLIT's main activity areas. They will be responsible for leading the public-facing programme, focused on environmental sustainability. 

  • Support the Director in leading and hosting meetings of Art NEST (Nottingham Environmental Sustainability Team).
  • Assist with research on sustainable materials for artists.
  • Work closely with the Building Coordinator and Assistant Technician on research on innovative and creative solutions for BACKLIT building and studios.
  • Producing a presentation on relevant environmental regulations for art galleries, complying with local and international standards for sustainability.
  • Keeping records of sustainability efforts, and CO2 usage.
  • Work closely with the Curatorial Team on coming up with environmentally friendly solutions for new artwork commissions and exhibition installations. 

Times, dates, pay and location

  • Interviews: Week commencing Wednesday 3 July 2024. Interviews will take place online and/or in person.
  • Announcement: Friday 5 July 2024
  • Pay: £12 per hour
  • Duration: 6-month fixed-term contract
  • Hours: You will work 2 days between Wednesday and Friday, 9.30am-5pm.
  • Start date: Wednesday 10th July 2024
  • Start after the break in August: 4 September 2024
  • End date: Friday 13 December 2024
  • Location: BACKLIT, Alfred House, Ashley St, Nottingham NG3 1JG
  • Application deadline: 12pm, 25 June