Creative and cultural sector job vacancies in East London — December 2021

24 December 2021
By Amy Zamarripa Solis

The end of December sees some fantastic arts and creative jobs in East London, with grantees Half Moon Theatre and UD Music, our East Bank partner V&A, and sector colleagues Tara Theatre (with Britto Arts Trust), Theatre Royal Stratford East and Whitechapel Gallery offering various opportunites.

Read on to learn more about these interesting roles, find out about the thriving East London creative and cultural sectors and communities surrounding the new East Bank and apply.

Best of luck and happy new year!

Half Moon Theatre

Are you an experienced Creative Learning specialist? Half Moon is looking for someone to take a lead in the management and delivery of the company’s Next Steps Transitions programmes, as well as working with the Head of Creative Learning to design, manage and evaluate the Creative Learning programme more broadly. This is a very busy role with wide-ranging responsibilities as an experienced facilitator and project manager. Each year Half Moon delivers over 1,500 Creative Learning sessions, with around 25,000 participants. We are looking for someone with excellent communication and organisational skills to join our friendly core team.

Half Moon is a theatre for young audiences which tours nationally and specialises in artform development and new writing. There is a synergy between our participatory and professional theatre programmes, which have equal status and are mutually enriching.

The post is a maternity cover for up to one year to start as soon as possible. Please email CV, covering letter outlining how you meet the requirements of the person specification (1-2 sides of A4), including current salary, contact details of two referees and Equal Opportunities Monitoring form to:

Full-time, permanent contact

Salary: £30,000 per annum, plus pension contribution (pro rata)

Deadline: 10am, Wednesday 12 January 2022

Interviews: w/c 17 January 2022


Tara Theatre and Britto Arts Trust

Tara Theatre and Britto Arts Trust are jointly seeking artists from the UK and Bangladesh to make connections and co-create new works. Artforms include: Theatre, Live Art, Dance, Music, Sound art, Zines, Performance spoken word, Poetry, Novels, Graphic novels, Text-based art, Film, Photography, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture/Installation, Fashion, Weaving and textiles, Ceramic/Metal work, Design, Public art.

There are 7 commissions of £6000 available. 14 artists (7 UK & 7 BD) will be selected and matched together to co-create new works. The matchmaking will happen after the selection process has been completed, and it will be based on aligning the topic of exploration for the commission. The resultant work will be presented digitally and across different cities in the UK and Bangladesh in spring and summer 2022.

The commission is open to early career artists (1-5 years of experience) based anywhere in the UK and Bangladesh. Through the support of the Transforming Narratives programme, two of the selected UK artists should be based in Birmingham. The commission will be awarded to young/emerging artists as an opportunity for them to develop their skills and practice, to enable both a national and international platform for their work and to build connections with peers in both Bangladesh and the UK. The UK artists may include artists of Bangladeshi heritage as well as those without any prior connection to Bangladesh.

Any enquiries in advance should also be sent to and will be responded to by the producer Junna Begum, who is overseeing the selection process.

Deadline: Wednesday 5 January 2022

Selections and interviews will take place in February 2022


Theatre Royal Stratford East

Theatre Royal Stratford East is recruiting to fill a new role – People & Cultural Manager. This role supports TRSE by overseeing and delivering the companies HR functions, with an emphasis on supporting the recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Stratford East makes theatre both for, and inspired by, our community in Newham, East London. We continue the political and revolutionary ethos of our founder Joan Littlewood as a leading London theatre and civic hub for East London. We are driven by our art, inclusive and bold.  We tell stories that provoke discourse about the world we live in and our place within it.

Stratford East is a producing theatre, built in 1884, in the heart of East London, situated a short walk from Stratford station. We have a proud history and an exciting future. We represent our culturally and socially diverse community in the work we make, the people we employ and our audiences and participants. We tell stories that are current, political and representative of London.

Part-time, permanent contact

Salary: £35,000 per annum pro rata

Deadline: 12pm noon on Wed 19 Jan 2022


UD Music

UD Music is recruiting a Team Assistant (Kickstart) to join its ranks in its busy office and reception area, which is at the heart of the Talent House and the first port of contact for visitors, artists, tutors, students and those who are part of their talent development programmes. To apply for this job, you must be claiming Universal Credit and 16 to 24 years old. They are looking for someone who has worked in a busy office environment for more than one year and has experience of working in. You will be responsible for a wide variety of administrative tasks including dealing with enquiries, by phone, email or in person and supporting data capture for those benefitting from our programmes.

Part-time, fixed contract

Salary: £12.50 per hour

Hours of work: Monday through to Friday, with occasional evenings and weekends

Deadline: Saturday 15 January 2022



One of the world’s most significant new museum projects, V&A East, will comprise two sister sites currently under construction in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. Opening at Here East in 2024, V&A East Storehouse offers a new immersive experience, taking visitors behind the scenes and providing unprecedented public access to V&A collections. A short walk across the park, opening in 2025, V&A East Museum celebrates global creativity and making relevant to today’s world. Both sites are part of East Bank, the Mayor of London’s £1.1 billion Olympic legacy project, which will create a new arts, innovation and education hub in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Our founding mission is to make the arts accessible to all. More than just a museum or collections store, it will be a creative campus and social space embedded within its local community, focusing on equipping young people with the interest, knowledge, and skills they need to flourish creatively.

Senior Interpretation and Participation Producer

The Senior Interpretation and Participation Producer will lead on the development and implementation of participatory interpretation at V&A East. They will line manage the Interpretation and Participation Producer and take the lead in devising and delivering co-production projects and interpretation across V&A East Museum and V&A East Storehouse. With the Engagement and Outreach Lead, they will be responsible for devising consultation and applying learnings to how the V&A East interpretation strategy is delivered and implemented across the V&A East sites.

There will be a strong emphasis on participatory methodologies, developing and commissioning interpretation through collaboration and consultation with the diverse communities of East London to create a locally relevant destination of global cultural importance. The ideal candidate will be able to think critically about museum practice for the future and apply this to a demanding and fast-paced portfolio of projects and responsibilities. A creative flair, passion, diligence, an absolute eye for detail and proactive nature are all essential.

Full-time, permanent contact

Salary: £33,181 – £37,500

Deadline: 10am, Monday 10 January 2022


Communications Assistant (Apprentice)

This role is being offered as a Public Relations and Communications Apprenticeship. Working closely with colleagues across the V&A Communications team, this position offers the chance to build professional communications skills and support the V&A’s world-class programme, from blockbuster exhibitions at South Kensington, to major broadcast and film projects, and the launch of the V&A’s new sites in East London. The role acts as a central point for the Communications Office – a first port of call for media contacting the team, has responsibility for office administration, and works closely with colleagues across the team to help deliver projects, campaigns, events and more.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to start Communications career, as a Communications Apprentice you will have the opportunity to gain workplace skills and receive training to work towards a qualification equivalent to a foundation degree.
Apprentices must be at least 16 when they enroll on to the programme. Apprenticeships do not have an upper age limit and are open to both those at the beginning of a career or those looking for a career change. An Apprenticeship is open to those who have a degree already, however, to make sure that this is a worthwhile learning opportunity for you, you cannot have a qualification at the same level or higher in the same subject that you are applying for.

Full time, fixed term

Contract: 20 months

Salary: £21,000 pro rata

Deadline: 11.59pm on Tuesday 4 January 2022


Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel Gallery is looking for a meticulous and organised Editions Officer to work closely with the Head of Editions and Editions Sales Officer to deliver all aspects of the production, storage, customer care and sales of Whitechapel Gallery’s portfolio of Artists’ Editions. Your role will provide a vital contribution towards supporting the ongoing work of the Whitechapel Gallery including its world-class programming.

You will bring experience in end-to-end Editions sales from the development and delivery of an e-commerce proposition and the ongoing marketing and promotion of Limited Edition artworks, through to the delivery of an excellent customer experience including best-in-class service, communications and order fulfilment. Together with the Editions team, you will also help plan and prepare for art fair participation as well as sales promotions and events, ensuring the accurate upkeep of databases and Editions stock.

Part-time (0.8 FTE contract), permanent

Hours of work: Monday – Thursday, 9.30am – 5.45pm plus occasional weekend and evening work

Salary: £19,600 pro rata, actual salary £24,500 per annum

Deadline: midnight on Sunday 9 January 2022

Interviews: 13/14 January 2022


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