Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art


Assistant Venue Managers (Audience Engagement) 

Application deadline: Sunday 10 March (23:59)

Interviews: Week commencing Monday 25 March

Role type: Glasgow Life bank staff (zero-hours)   

Salary: £28,570.33 (pro-rata) 

Further details and apply: here

Glasgow International is seeking Assistant Venue Managers to work in some key exhibition venues as part of the festival. These are vital roles for the festival, ensuring festival venues are staffed at all times and accessible to visitors, enabling audiences to gain a meaningful and enjoyable experience from the festival.

The roles will support the public presentation of festival exhibitions over an eighteen-day period in June 2024, in a range of existing and new exhibition venues around Glasgow.

Glasgow International is part of Glasgow Life, the charity that manages culture and sport in Glasgow, and following the festival post-holders will have the option to remain as part of Glasgow Life Bank Staff. This will enable them to work with other cultural venues and events that are part of the Glasgow Life portfolio.

The role
As an Assistant Venue Manager (Audience Engagement) for Glasgow International, you’ll be an integral member of the festival team. Assistant Venue Managers will be responsible for managing primarily non-Glasgow Life venues, ensuring that these venues are able to open safely to the public each day of the festival, that exhibitions and art works are cared for, and that festival audiences receive a warm and knowledgeable welcome to the festival.

You will also join the Professional Development Programme for Glasgow International 2024, a programme of training and development for the whole Front of House Team. This programme includes a range of training and development sessions prior to the festival offering an excellent opportunity to: learn more about festival projects and the artists presenting in the festival; to gain skills and experience in speaking with confidence about contemporary art to a diverse range of audiences; to gain customer service and other practical skills, access and equalities training; and to develop a cohesive team dynamic.

It is critical to anyone considering applying for these roles that they are available to participate in this training that will take place from 20 May 2024. Participation in this activity is paid at the same rate as the rest of the role. Candidates must also be available to work diverse shifts, including some evenings and weekends, from Wednesday 5 - Sunday 23 June 2024.

About you
If you are interested in joining us as an Assistant Venue Manager (Audience Engagement), you will need:

  • Experience of venue management
  • A demonstrable interest in contemporary art
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Experience of working as part of a team, with some experience of supervising team members

You can read the full person specification for this role under the here.

Glasgow International is based at Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE, but these roles will be based at multiple locations throughout the city. Following GI, the role will remain as part of Glasgow Life's Bank staff, with the opportunity to undertake the same role at other venues and events as part of the Glasgow Life portfolio.

Important Dates: Closing date 10 March and interviews are provisionally scheduled for w/c 25 March.

Prior to the application deadline, if you have questions about the role or would like to have an informal conversation about it with a member of the GI team, please contact Please note that we can only respond to these enquiries prior to the application deadline (10 March 2024).

Benefits at Glasgow Life
• A holiday allowance of 30 days plus 6.5 public holidays (for full-time roles). This will rise to 35 days after 5 years
• Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme – which pays 19.3% in employer contributions
• Discounted Glasgow Club membership and money off in our museum shops and online store
• Option to buy extra annual leave
• Cycle-to-work scheme
• Flexible retirement
• Family-friendly policies

Glasgow International aims to prioritise equality and diversity within our team. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities, and in particular from people currently underrepresented in the Scottish and UK arts sector, such as those from Black and Global Majority backgrounds and candidates with a disability. We are committed to building a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences, and abilities, and to creating a supportive working environment for all.

Glasgow International's Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Priorities can be read here.

For further information on Glasgow Life’s commitment to diversity, please see here

About Glasgow Life's Arts & Music team 
As an Assistant Venue Manager for Glasgow International, you’ll be joining Glasgow Life’s Arts & Music team. This team provides people with valuable and meaningful experiences through arts and music. Our high-quality services, world-class events and festivals benefit the people of Glasgow. We help people experience the benefits of taking part in cultural programmes and events. These contribute to Glasgow's visitor economy. We make sure everyone gets the most out of Glasgow Life and use culture to promote inclusion and happiness. Read more on Glasgow Life's website.

About Glasgow Life
Glasgow Life is the charity which inspires people to lead richer, more active lives through culture and sport. Simply put, we believe that everyone deserves a great Glasgow life. We do this by delivering innovative cultural and sporting programmes and events which improve the mental, physical, and economic well-being of Glasgow. Glasgow Life also creates unforgettable experiences for tourists, strengthening the city’s visitor economy. We help put on world-class events, conferences and festivals which enhance Glasgow’s international reputation. Glasgow is the first city to be named European Capital of Sport twice sport and was also the first place in the UK to be named a UNESCO City of Music.