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Field Notes - Freelance Internship

  • Posted: 14th July, 2021
  • Location: Cornwall, Homeworking
  • Opportunity type: Internships

An amazing opportunity in Visual Arts.

Field Notes and Back Lane west are two small visual arts organisations that run on a not-for-profit basis. Field Notes commissions art works for public settings and produces festivals and artist events with a community focus. Back Lane West is an artist residency and project space in Redruth, with a programme of talks, professional development opportunities and artist-led events.

Information About The Role

This internship is an opportunity to gain an insight into the day to day running of these two social enterprises and learn some of the key skills needed for administrative and creative production roles.

Over the course of the internship the successful candidate can expect to gain experience of:

  • Corresponding with artists and partners
  •  Issuing contracts and invoices
  •  Record keeping
  •  Website and social media updates
  • Project planning and event organisation
  • Grant bid writing

One-on-one training will be offered as needed and a provision of one day a month has been made to allow for attendance at professional events and for the intern to undertake research to improve their knowledge of the sector.

The internship will be managed by Field Notes, with the majority of hours expected to be worked for this organisation. Cat Bagg and Rosie Allen are directors of both organisations and will be the main contacts and line managers for the role.

Hours and Pay

The rate of pay for this role is £8.91 per hour (National Living Wage).

This is a six month freelance contract for 585 hours of work (the equivalent of 22.5 hours a week) for a period of 26 weeks. The successful applicant will be responsible for their own tax and national insurance payments. Payments will be made on receipt of monthly invoices for completed hours. If you are not already registered as self-employed, advice on this can be offered.

The successful candidate will need to be available for a minimum of eight hours a week, (worked as one day or two half days) within working hours of 9.30am – 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. This is to allow for team working, meetings and training, and regular times will need to be agreed. Beyond this flexibility in terms of when hours are worked can be offered to allow for personal and other work or study commitments.


Neither Field Notes or Back Lane West has an office, so it is expected the intern will work primarily from their own home. Provided government restrictions allow, some team meetings in person will be scheduled in either Redruth, Helston, Penryn or near Hayle (the intern’s location and ease of travel will be taken into consideration when scheduling in person meetings).

Attendance at live events will also occasionally be required, to include the Back Lane West project space in Redruth and sites in the Camborne and Redruth areas.

The role will require access to a computer/laptop and internet connection, a small allowance is available if support is needed to achieve this.

Desirable skills & Qualifications

No qualifications are needed for this role, however strong communication and organisational skills as well as an active interest in contemporary visual art are essential. The successful candidate will need to have a desire to learn and the ambition to make a creative contribution to both organisations.

We are interested to know about any practical or academic experience you have which may be relevant to the role, as well as your interest in visual arts and in working for these two organisations specifically.

We are looking for someone who:

  •  Has strong communications skills, this might include experience of public facing roles and/or negotiation as well as written communication
  • Is well organised and will deal with tasks thoughtfully and with attention to detail
  • Has an interest in contemporary visual art and the desire to learn more, knowledge of or interest in artist led activity in the South West is particularly desirable
  • Has a good level of digital literacy, both organisations run using Google Drive applications and storage, with wordpress based websites and social media accounts (specific experience of these platforms will be useful, although not essential)
  •  Works well as part of a team; is happy to take instruction, but is also keen to contribute to discussion and ideas
  • Is strongly motivated to develop a career in the creative arts sector

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a CV and covering letter.

Please use the covering email to tell us a little bit about yourself, where you are based, why you are specifically interested in this role and your relevant skills and experience. Please try to keep your email to a maximum of 600 words and submit both your CV and covering letters as PDF attachments with your name as the file name – i.e. ‘Name_CV’ and ‘Name_Cover_Letter’
We expect the successful candidate to be someone with most or all of the desirable skills outlined in this description, who is excited to join our team and for whom this role offers a useful opportunity to learn new skills and gain experience.

Applications should be sent to with the subject line ‘Internship Application’.

The application deadline is midnight Sunday 18th July.

Please contact us by email by Thursday 15th July if you have any questions about the role or if there are things we may be able to do to accommodate any access needs you have.

All applicants will be contacted by 23rd July. Interviews for the post will take place in the week beginning 26th July with in person and online options available. Due to the limited resources of our small team, feedback will be available to interviewed candidates only.