Circus Artspace run an internship programme, 4 times a year we advertise for one intern post. Interns will work as part of the core Circus team 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 & projects, administrative tasks and marketing.  We are looking for reliable candidates based within the Highlands who can work independently and flexibly 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 as well as have the opportunity to be part of peer review studio 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

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Open Call Summer 2021

The next internship will run from 22nd June - 21st September 2021. During this period the intern is expected to be available 1 day per week. In additionwe will need a commitment of 3 days a week during the exhibition period 21st June – 4th July for installation and invigilation of Ian Kane's solo exhibition. We currently meet on Tuesday at 4pm every week, although some flexibility around meetings is required.

We want to promote equal opportunities and have removed any requirement for a degree in visual art. 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.

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 Monday 14th June, 5pm.

Successful candidates should be available for a short informal interview on Thursday 17th June.

Artwork/images courtesy of Sadie Stoddart, 2019