OpportunitiesInstallation of work by David Manley - Angear Visitor Centre, 2013-14

Get Involved

There are many opportunities to become involved at Nottingham Lakeside Arts – as volunteers, as Front of House staff, as performers in our auditioned summer musical or The Nottingham New Theatre co-production, or as trainees and placements directly linked to programme delivery.

There are many opportunities to volunteer on a one-off basis at Lakeside, for example linked to a special event such as Local History and Archaeology Day, the Wheee! Festival or Chinese New Year. There are also longer term opportunities to volunteer to support an ongoing programme: linked to museum collections and conservation; ArtWrite (formerly Lakeside Literacy) with school pupils; or any of Lakeside's public youth arts groups, for example by supporting the Gallery Art Groups or Lakeside Youth Theatre. These opportunities can be linked back to Nottingham Advantage Award.

There are four Music Ensemble traineeships, three Youth Theatre Assistant roles and one Gallery Learning Assistant role, each of which are recruited in summer in readiness for the new term activity in autumn.  Open to undergraduates and postgraduates , check out Recruitment in May/June of each year to find out more and

Soon to be graduates of The University of Nottingham can currently apply for two full-time, 7-month internships in either arts marketing or arts administration. Posts will be advertised on our recruitment web page..

Hear from our past interns

Ellie Cawthorne
MA History 2014
Lakeside Marketing Intern – 2014/15

As a recent graduate of the University of Nottingham, Lakeside has been instrumental in helping me begin working towards a career in the arts.
After finishing my degree, I began a seven-month placement as Lakeside’s Arts Marketing Intern. This has been a fantastic opportunity to gain professional experience and learn a variety of skills, including developing marketing strategies, writing copy and managing social media presence. I’ve also had the opportunity to create press releases and design promotional material, a responsibility that I’ve found extremely rewarding. This placement has helped confirm that I would like to pursue a career in this industry and has made this goal seem more accessible and achievable, as the experience and training I have received will hopefully help me move on to other jobs in arts institutions.

Nick Stevenson
LLB Law 2014
The Nottingham New Theatre /Lakeside Assistant Producer Trainee 2014
Lakeside Arts Administration Intern – 2014/15

Nottingham Lakeside Arts was a fantastic resource for me as a student at University, and continues to have a huge impact now that I am working as the Arts Administration Intern. I produced a play with the Nottingham New Theatre in my first year at university which was later performed in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside. Being able to work in a professional environment whilst at university was a wonderful experience for me.  I later assisted the Director of Lakeside, Shona Powell, in producing the Nottingham New Theatre/Lakeside co-production of Doctor Faustus. This provided me with a detailed understanding of how to produce a professional theatre production. Working at Lakeside following graduating last year has been a fantastic platform to develop my skills as an arts administrator and theatre producer, and I hope will be invaluable in securing future work in the industry.

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Student Ambassadors

If you’re really keen on the visual, performing or participatory arts, you could help spread the word, organise group visits, and encourage others to take up the ticket deals and opportunities to engage with and benefit from Nottingham Lakeside Arts programme. Your reward will come in the form of tickets for those things that you’re passionate about, and additional skills to add to your CV. 

New Perspectives

New Perspectives

In collaboration with the Graduate School, the Djanogly Gallery provides opportunities for postgraduates working alongside specific exhibitions in its programme. New Perspectives is an exercise in public engagement whereby students are mentored to give a presentation in the gallery linking their area of research to the artwork on display. Typically the short talks by 6 to 8 students are given to a public audience in one evening event.

For more information visit The University of Nottingham website.

Image: First Cut Exhibition 2013

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TNNT Nottingham Lakeside Arts Co-production Placements

Since 2013, NLA have worked in partnership with TNNT to deliver a professional development project which is led by freelance professional director Martin Berry.  Past productions have included Lysistrata, Dr Faustus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Blue Stockings. In the spring of 2019, we will present DNA by Dennis Kelly, directed by Giles Croft.

In addition to performing, there are opportunities to be Assistant to Director, Assistant to Producer, Marketing Assistant, Technical Assistant, Design Assistant linked to our annual professional development programme.  To find out more, check out our recruitment page in October and December each year.

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