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Chance for scenic artists to paint their future


Leeds Playhouse is offering a three-month paid placement to a young, Yorkshire-based scenic artist just starting their career
Leeds Playhouse is offering a three-month paid placement to a young, Yorkshire-based scenic artist just starting their career

Leeds Playhouse is looking for a Jerwood Scenic Workshop Trainee to join its expert team on a paid, three-month placement.

The opportunity will give a local scenic artist, maker or designer the chance to gain valuable, practical experience with the theatre's scenic workshop team. The person selecyed will be part of team making sets for Here You Come Again, a new musical based on the hits of country legend Dolly Parton in the theatre's spring and summer season. They will also work across carpentry, metal-working, props, scenic art and technical drawing departments.

The Playhouse's deputy artistic director, Amy Leach, said: “We understand how challenging it can be for early-career theatre workers to build a sustainable career, establish specialisms and develop their work for bigger scales and spaces. We try to support artists from across Yorkshire, including the development of vital backstage designers and craftspeople. We’re delighted to have the support of the Jerwood Developing Artists Fund in helping us to further broaden the scope of our development work.”

The playhouse is one of 16 organisations benefitting from £1m in grants from Jerwood Arts in 2023/24. In 2023, the theatre offered young theatre designer Delicia Sorhaindo a year-long placement in partnership with Leeds-based children’s theatre company tutti frutti, and has run an Introduction to Set Design course for 16 local artists. It will run similar programmes in 2024.

The current placement runs from February to May. Applicants must be over 18, based in West Yorkshire, and in the early stages of their career. Applications run until 10am on January 2.


More info and apply here

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