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Working at Ikon

Ikon, one of the UK’s leading international contemporary art galleries, regularly recruits for a variety of employment and volunteer opportunities.

Details of any existing opportunities can be found in these pages, alternatively be the first to know when we are recruiting by visiting the website and following us on Facebook and Twitter

You may also find the Arts Council recruitment website Arts Jobs a useful tool in your job search.

Current Vacancies

Information Assistant (temporary)

Ikon, one of the UK’s leading international contemporary art galleries, seeks dynamic and creative individuals to work during our forthcoming exhibitions by artists Haroon Mirza and Hew Locke in the post of:

Information Assistant (temporary), Salary £8.06 per hour

The successful candidate will have an outgoing personality, an interest in contemporary visual arts, be reliable and well organised with excellent attention to detail. They will be confident in providing an informative and friendly welcome to all visitors to Ikon alongside exhibition invigilation, duty person responsibilities, maintaining the security of exhibitions and undertaking reception duties. The postholder will be required to work on a shift/rota basis (including weekends and occasional evenings), averaging 29 hours per week. This is an exhibition-based contract (November 2018 – June 2019).

Application deadline: Monday 22 October 2018, 10am
Interviews: Wednesday 31 October 2018
Start date: Monday 19 November 2018

Vacancy Pack doc
Vacancy Pack pdf

Application Form doc
Application Form pdf

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire doc
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire pdf

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Artist in Residence at HMP Grendon, 2019-2021

Annual fee of £38,000
Temporary, part-time, 3 year contract

Ikon is inviting artists to apply for a three-year residency at HMP Grendon. It follows on from artist Edmund Clark’s residency (2014-2018), which culminated in the Ikon exhibition and publication In Place of Hate. Funded by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust, this is an exciting opportunity for an artist to work with the therapeutic and democratic community unique to the Buckinghamshire prison. The successful candidate will produce their own work and deliver an effective arts programme for the prison.

Deadline for applications:  12 noon, Friday 23 November 2018

Start date: Early 2019

Equal opportunities monitoring questionnaire (pdf)

Equal opportunities monitoring questionnaire (doc)

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Information Assistants

Ikon regularly recruits for Information Assistants. Be the first to know when we are recruiting by visiting the website regularly and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

“The Information Assistant role gave me an insight into how Ikon operates and allowed me to learn about the artists on exhibit, which I was able to share with visitors. Furthermore, it helped me to develop a variety of experiences assisting with engagement activities, as well as a firm support network of peers. An invaluable experience for anyone looking to start a career in the arts.”  Lauren Hall, Information Assistant, 2017

Work Experience

Ikon offers a limited number of unpaid work experience placements. Visit our Work Experience section for more information.

Equal Opportunities

Ikon is an equal opportunities organisation and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.

In its management structure and as an employer, Ikon is pledged to ensure equal opportunities for all, regardless of age, race, gender, disability, marital status or sexual orientation.  With respect to its provision of services, its policies and procedures, Ikon seeks not to discriminate, either intentionally or unintentionally, against any group or  any individual.  Equal opportunity of employment applies to the recruitment, training, pay and conditions, work allocation and promotion of all Ikon’s staff and occasional workers.

Ikon, as accessible as possible within the environment of a listed 19th century building, received an Open for All Award for Access in 2000. Ikon continues to be proactive in its endeavour to be an equal opportunities organisation.


Are there any job vacancies at the moment?

Any current paid employment vacancies will be listed on this page

Can I send my CV?

We only accept applications through completed application forms unless otherwise stated

Do you offer work experience?

Yes, Ikon hosts many unpaid work experience placements each year. You can apply for placements through the Work Experience page

Can I email my application form?

Yes, you can email your completed application form in PDF format to Leila Zafar

How will I be contacted regarding my application?

Ikon will only contact applicants shortlisted for interview

Ikon is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to develop skills and experience towards a career in the arts. It is really encouraging to have an institution that takes such an active interest in helping develop employable skills.

Guy Blundall, Exhibitions Placement, 2015