Opportunities

Liverpool Biennial is the UK biennial of contemporary art. Taking place over 15 weeks across the city in public spaces, galleries, museums and online, the Biennial commissions artists from around the world to make and present work in the context of Liverpool. 

We are currently recruiting for an Assistant Curator, Communications Officer (Digital and PR) and volunteer Curatorial Trainees – see further details below. Follow us on social media and subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be the first to hear about upcoming vacancies. We are committed to promoting equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community.



Assistant Curator 

Salary: £20,388 – £21,955 (depending on qualifications and experience)
Full-time, temporary contract until 30 November 2018
Deadline: 31 August 2017, 12pm

We are looking to appoint an Assistant Curator to join the team ahead of Liverpool Biennial’s 20th anniversary edition in 2018. The Assistant Curator will support the Programme Team in all aspects of the research, preparation, delivery, production, installation, maintenance and de-installation of the Biennial exhibition and year-round programme of talks, events, publishing and research. The successful candidate will be educated to a degree level, organised and able to work to tight deadlines, and will have at least 2 years’ experience in a similar role.

Download a job information and application pack from here or request one from jane@biennial.com if you have trouble downloading the file.

Closing date for receipt of applications is noon on 31 August 2017 and interviews are expected to be held in Liverpool on 19 September 2017.



Communications Officer (Digital and PR)

Salary: £19,342 – £20,388 (depending on qualifications and experience)
Full-time, temporary contract until 31 October 2018
Deadline: 18 August 2017, 12pm 

We are looking to appoint a Communications Officer (Digital and PR) to join the Marketing and Communications team ahead of Liverpool Biennial’s 20th anniversary edition in 2018. You will help us grow and engage regional media and online audiences through targeted communications and relationship-building. Working to maximise Liverpool Biennial’s profile as the leading festival of contemporary art in the UK, you will be busy identifying opportunities to communicate the Biennial’s exciting and varied offer through a number of own and partner channels.

Download a job information and application pack from here or request one from jane@biennial.com if you have trouble downloading the file. 

Closing date for receipt of applications is noon on 18 August 2017 and interviews are expected to be held in Liverpool on 29/30 August 2017. 



Curatorial Trainees 

We are seeking volunteer Curatorial Trainees to support the Curatorial team during the research and development of Liverpool Biennial 2018, as well as to support our significant year-round programme. Voluntary Curatorial Traineeships are aimed at students and recent graduates studying or living in the North West and typically last for three months (three days per week). We operate a year-round programme of trainees so have vacancies for eight trainees in total, two for each of the following periods during 2017/18

Mid-August – mid-November 2017
Mid-November – mid-February 2018
Mid-February – mid-May 2018
Mid-May – mid-August 2018

Specific activities and learning will include:

  • Supporting the team to keep paper and electronic files related to artists and their commissions up to date and in good order.
  • Conducting research and collating information on artists for the curatorial team, including press, marketing, grant applications and general archival purposes.
  • Conducting research and collating information on possible sites and venues for the public realm artworks.
  • In consultation with the Curatorial team, booking accommodation and travel where applicable for artists, speakers and curators, and assisting with research visits.
  • Assisting with the technical, logistical and administrative aspects of developing and delivering the year-round public programme.
  • Liaising with various external contacts including artists, galleries and institutions, to obtain information required for the research and preparation of 2016 Biennial as well as the year-round public programme, as required.

Traineeships at Liverpool Biennial are unpaid and are classed as voluntary work, however we do make reimbursement for travel to and from work, and pay a meal allowance. Total reimbursement is £15 per day.

If you are passionate about contemporary art and would like to be considered for an internship please send your CV with a covering letter of application by e-mail to jane@biennial.com no later than midday on Friday 21 July 2017. Interviews will be held 28 and 31 July 2017. 

Please ensure that you put CURATORIAL TRAINEESHIP 2017/18 as the subject title for your email, and state which period(s) you would like to apply for.

We look forward to hearing from you!