Circus Artspace run an internship programme, 4 times a year we advertise for one intern post. Interns will work as part of the Circus collective gaining first hand experience in all the activities carried out by an artist-run collective. 


Successful applicants will develop their professional practice through actively taking part in all aspects of our projects including day-to-day running of contemporary art exhibitions, administrative tasks and marketing.  We are looking for reliable candidates who can work independently and flexibly, for one day a week, over a period of three months.


This opportunity is supported by The Highland Society of London and interns will receive a £300 stipend to cover any out of pocket expenses i.e. travel, lunch. This will be paid in £100 instalments at the start of each month.


Interns will take part in weekly team meetings (currently held on Tuesdays over Zoom) as well as have the opportunity to be part of peer review sessions. The internship culminates in a project, new work or an event to be developed by the intern under the mentorship of the Circus collective. See what past interns have done here.

Circus Sideshow

We are delighted that all our former interns have developed their own collective - Circus Sideshow. All past interns will have the opportunity to join this growing network after their 3 month internship.  Sideshow members are currently supporting each other's practices through different learning and sharing opportunities, while continuing to be part of the wider Circus family.

Go follow them on Instagram @circus.sideshow

Open Call Summer 2021

The next internship will run from 22nd June - 21st September 2021 and will be advertise here with more information from the beginning of June. So check back later!


We want to promote equal opportunities for all graduates and so if you are facing any barriers which stop you from applying please get in touch, via the email below, to discuss them.


For 2021 we have refocussed our activity and you can read our programme statement here, also we're now able to support the successful applicant with studio space in Inverness!

To Apply

Please include:

  • an artist's CV

  • examples of recent work (6 jpgs or film links)

  • a letter of interest (max. 500 words) which should include: a brief artist's statement, how Circus can support you during your internship (ie. advice on funding, skills sharing, space to make work), what skills you bring to our team, and what you would like to achieve by the end (ie. develop a remote project/workshop, create new work, curate an event, work towards realising a current project). 


Applications should be emailed to:

Please use the subject line: “Internship Programme Summer 2021” in your email.

The deadline for applications is ...

Successful candidates should be available for a short informal interview on ....

Artwork/images courtesy of Sadie Stoddart, 2019

Supported by: