Bridport Arts Newsletter

Join the BAC Team

At Bridport Arts Centre, we pride ourselves on the high calibre of staff who make up our warm and friendly community and we welcome the opportunity for like-minded colleagues to join our team.

Please find our current vacancies below.

Join our team

Seat mover – flexi, permanent, part-time (to suit operational needs of the Arts Centre)

We are looking for someone to join the team as a seat mover in the theatre. There are many variations of seat layout in the theatre, which will be communicated by the General Manager (Programming) and supported by regularly updated rotas. The job – by the very nature of the ever-changing programme in the theatre – needs someone who has a large degree of flexibility around work times. Full training on layout and the manual handling aspect of this post will be given.

The rate of pay is £10 per hour.  If this post interests you, please contact Dee Fenton – General Manager (Programming) to discuss further or to arrange a trial seat move. If you are available at little or short notice, that’s even better!  [email protected]   01308 424204

Visual Arts Programme Manager

Bridport Arts Centre is an arts charity based in Bridport, Dorset established in 1973 and a member of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. As well as the 194 seat Marlow theatre, our main venue incorporates the Allsop Gallery, the largest publicly funded gallery in Dorset.

We are currently seeking a Visual Arts Programme Manager, ideally a visual arts graduate, with experience of working in a gallery and some experience of curation, willing to develop a good understanding of the different audiences we aim to reach and to work with artists working in any media. Communication skills, including an ability to articulate our curatorial vision are essential to the role, and applicants will need to evidence an informed interest in contemporary art and visual culture.

Over the past 12 months we have been reviewing our visual arts offer, redefining our aims and creating a visual arts strategy. We have a visual arts programme in place for the rest of the year and a broad strategy agreed for the following 3 years.

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, visual arts professional with experience of organising exhibitions and other activities to join our small team. You will work with the Director and the visual arts strategy group to help us refine and enact our vision, bringing your own ideas and experience to inform our approach.

We are looking for someone with a collaborative approach to working in a busy environment, proven project management experience and excellent organisational, planning, and administrative skills. Flexibility regarding responsibilities and working hours is crucial to the role, as well as an ability to prioritise and coordinate multiple activities with patience and empathy, even when under pressure.

You will have an understanding of the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion and be able to demonstrate how these principles might influence the visual arts programme.

Closing date:
9am 18th August 2022
26th and 30th August 2022

To apply:

Please click here for an application pack and details of how to apply.


BACstage Youth Theatre Director (Freelance position)

Bridport Arts Centre is looking for a dynamic and intuitive theatre facilitator/director to help us maximise the exciting opportunities available to help us grow our long-established youth theatre and play an important part in supporting us in celebrating our 50th year in 2023. We are seeking an inspiring theatre practitioner with proven facilitation and directing skills, a flair for improvisation and an enabling style of leadership, ideally with a professional performance background and experience of facilitating groups of young people.

You will have an understanding of the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion and be able to demonstrate how you would apply these principles within this role.

Job details

Hours: Classes take place for 2.15hrs every Wednesday evening 5:45pm until 8pm during school term time, with breaks in line with school holidays.
Additional hours by agreement to support coordination and delivery of vision and productions, with main production at end of year, smaller events at the end of terms and occasional curtain raisers etc. in collaboration with arts centre.

Age range of students: 12-18
Venue: The Marlow Theatre at Bridport Arts Centre
Workshop fee: £125 per session
Employment status: Freelance

To apply for this role please submit CV and covering letter demonstrating your suitability for this post. Please also ensure that you include 2 referees, to Mick Smith, Director, Bridport Arts Centre: [email protected] (Please use the same email for any questions about the role).

Or post to Mick Smith, Director, Bridport Arts Centre, c/o The Old Potting Shed, Mountfield, Rax Lane, Bridport DT6 3JP

  • Closing date: Midday Sun 21st Aug 2022.
  • Applications received after this date and time cannot be considered.
  • Interviews: Friday 26th August 2022
  • Further information about Bridport Arts Centre can be found on our website: bridport-arts.com.


Project Coordinator – BAC 50th anniversary

In 2023 Bridport Arts Centre celebrates its 50th anniversary as an arts centre and home to the Bridport Prize. During 2023 we will be holding a series of events to highlight the centre’s history and its future plans. The marketing for the anniversary year has already started and will be building up over the latter part of this year.

We are now looking for a coordinator to work with the Director, staff, and trustees of Bridport Arts Centre to develop a coherent vision for the anniversary year and to kick-start the activities that will take place. The successful candidate will work with the Director to achieve funding through grants and sponsorship.

You will work alongside the Director and Marketing Assistant initially and will consult the trustees, many of whom have long standing links to the centre and Bridport itself. Gathering and coordinating the trustees’ ideas and ambitions will be a key task.

Click here to view the job description.


£200 per day for up to 25 days over the period from September/October 2022 to March 2023. There will be a further contract from April 2023 to help deliver the programme, subject to funding.

To apply:

To express an interest in the role please email the Director Mick Smith on [email protected] by 09.00 on Tuesday 30th August. Please attach a cv and a statement on not more than 2 pages A4 demonstrating your competence for the role and why you are interested in applying.

If shortlisted for interview, you will be asked to produce a brief presentation on your approach to the task.

If you have any questions about the role, please email Mick Smith.