Lakeside Arts
Part of University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts

Lakeside team members working at Wheee! Festival

Work & Volunteer

At Lakeside we are always on the lookout for creative and motivated people from a wide variety of backgrounds to fill our employee, volunteer, internship or traineeship roles.


Creative Programmer

Creative Programmer

Location: Lakeside Arts, University Park
Salary: £33,966 to £45,585 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Closing Date: Wednesday 01 May 2024

Lakeside Arts seeks a passionate and talented Creative Programmer to join our team. You will lead the planning and delivery of the theatre, comedy, dance, and family entertainment parts of the public programme.

Lakeside Arts was created by the University of Nottingham to bring the benefits of the arts, culture and creativity to our local communities. This is a unique opportunity to shape the cultural landscape of Nottingham, engaging with our richly diverse local communities. We wish to represent all audiences and are especially keen to hear from applicants with experience connecting with global majority and additional needs groups. Please apply if you are excited to increase access, belonging, and joy through the arts.

As Creative Programmer, you will:

  • Curate an artistic, entertaining, and commercially successful year-round programme. You will take risks with creative choices while ensuring financial sustainability.
  • Own the (relevant parts of) the Lakeside programme - booking acts, arranging contracts and hospitality, deepening relationships with artists and promoters, managing budgets and liaising on technical and logistical requirements. You'll need to meet deadlines and stay cool under pressure.
  • Work closely with Marketing to promote shows and sell tickets. Collaborate with operational teams to enable great audience experiences.

We welcome applicants who bring:

  • A passion for making the arts more inclusive, especially along lines of ethnicity, disability, and economic background.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully developing audiences.
  • Knowledge of the UK theatre and family entertainment scene. Existing relationships a plus.
  • Strong relationship building, communication, planning, and budget management skills.
  • A creative spirit and growth mindset. 

This role offers the chance to help Lakeside Arts grow and reach new audiences, and gives you the opportunity to make your mark on one of the leading arts venues in the region.

This is a fixed-term, full-time (36.25 hours per week) opportunity available for 24 months. Job share arrangements may be considered.

Requests for secondment from internal candidates may be considered on the basis that prior agreement has been sought from both your current line manager and the manager of your substantive post, if you are already undertaking a secondment role.

If you have any questions about this role you may get in contact with the hiring manager, Ben Howarth, the CEO of Lakeside Arts at Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

It is a condition of this post that satisfactory enhanced disclosure is obtained from the 'Disclosure and Barring Service'.



Front of House Assistants

Front of House Assistants

Pay: £11.01 per hour, plus accrued holiday pay (equivalent to roughly £1.33 per hour)
Hours and days: Flexible in line with artistic programme
Dress code: Uniform plus smart casual
Closing date: n/a*

Our team of Front of House Assistants work across the whole of Lakeside Arts – invigilating in our galleries and museum, ushering for performances in the Djanogly Theatre and Djanogly Recital Hall, and helping to manage and deliver other events and private hires throughout the year.

If you love arts and heritage, have the skills to deliver excellent standards of care for our audiences, visitors, and artists, and would be interested in joining the Front of House team at Lakeside, please send your CV to us at

The Front of House Assistant role at Lakeside Arts is a part-time, casual position, with hours allocated on monthly rotas based on your declared availability. Shifts are available throughout the week, including evenings and weekends. The number of available shifts varies – across the year busier times tend to be from February-June and October-December, and especially over Christmas, Easter, and late May/early June.

*We usually recruit new Front of House Assistants in April and October, however, we would love to hear from applicants at any time. If we're not actively recruiting, we will keep your CV on file and will contact you with details of the next available recruitment opportunity.


The University of Nottingham Museum holds mainly regional collections of archaeology covering a 250,000 year period. Museum volunteer opportunities include collections care and development, education and public programme activities. There is also the opportunity to work with Meghan King (Finds Liaison Officer for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire):

If you are interested in volunteering with the museum please contact Clare Pickersgill (Museum Keeper): 


For all other volunteering opportunities, please contact