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 or Moray 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 our monthly 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.

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Open Call: Exhibitions Intern 2022


Circus is delighted to announce a call out to all artists based in the Highlands to help co-ordinate and deliver our Graduate Associates series of exhibitions at Inverness Creative Academy. We beleive this will be a fun, active role providing hands on practical skills as well as the chance to expand your network by getting to know members from our current cohort of Graduate Associates.


This internship will run from 18th January - 19th April 2022. During this period the intern is expected to be available 1 day per week and 3 days a week during the exhibition periods below. We currently meet every Tuesday at 3pm on Zoom, and in person once a month for a Studio Session, although some flexibility around meetings is required. 


There will be four exhibition weeks:

  • Week beginning 21st Februay 2022  Exhibition #1 installation and invigilation 

  • Week beginning 7th March 2022       Exhibition #2 installation and invigilation

  • Week beginning 14th March 2022     Exhibition #3 installation and invigilation

  • Week beginning 28th March 2022     Exhibition #4 & #5 installation and invigilation

During these 4 weeks we will need a commitment of 3 days a week, so please make sure you are available before applying.

Key task to be undertaken during this internship are:

  1. Attend weekly meetings and take the minutes of key actions;

  2. Liaise with the 5 exhibition groups of Graduate Associates to agree exhibition texts, install, rotas & events;

  3. Assist with marketing the exhibitions - distribution of posters/publication, social media posts and listings;

  4. Assist with installation of exhibitions (normally Monday) and the take down/cleaning (normally Sunday);

  5. Assist with invigilation of exhibitions and setting up of events including serving drinks at previews;

  6. Write a blog post for the Circus website and a short reflective report at the end of the internship.


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. From 2021 we have refocused our activity and you can read our programme statement here.

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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: why you are interested in this opportunity, a brief artist's statement, how Circus can support you during your internship (ie. advice on funding, skills sharing, space to make work) and what skills you bring to our team. 


Applications should be emailed to:

Please use the subject line: “Exhibitions Internship 2022” in your email.

The deadline for applications is Monday 3rd January 2022, 5pm.

Successful candidates should be available for a short informal interview on Friday 7th and Monday 10th January 2022.

Artwork/images courtesy of Sadie Stoddart, 2019