Art Lead (volunteer)

Start Date

Late September 2019

End Date

July 2020 

(unless otherwise agreed)

Time Commitment

3-4 hours/week
(depending on events)


15th September 2019

About the Role

We are a group of students & recent graduates creating a platform for Scotland’s Refugees to share their voice through art. Through a research-driven educational campaign, we use our online presence and creative events to raise awareness in the local community about what it means to be a refugee, with the vision of a welcoming and accepting society.


We are looking for an Art Lead to work with the Head of Creative and Creative Director in developing and driving the creative theme and identity for COLOURS 2019 - 2020. The successful candidate will be co-leading a team with the Events Lead of about 5 dedicated, skilful and highly motivated volunteers. The ideal candidate should be organised, socially driven (specifically within the issues surrounding refugee and asylum seeker integration) and have experience in the artistic / creative world. 


The Arts Lead will play an important part in shaping and preparing for our COLOURS' 2019-2020 annual art exhibition. The ideal candidate will bring with them ideas they are willing to share and implement around themes and curation, but this is not necessary.




Leading a small team that will make a real impact


Raising awareness amongst thousands of people about the issues facing refugees and asylum seekers, helping to challenge misconceptions and negative perceptions


Make lifelong friends that have similar interests and a similar mindset to you


Real-world experience in scouting and managing artists, art and exhibition logistics


Gain first-hand experience in the social enterprise ad art scenes in Edinburgh


Experience in exhibition, visual brand creation, and merchandise curation and strategy


Make valuable connections to add to your network, especially within the creative and third sectors


Add an impressive role to your CV that demonstrates tangible skills, leadership, professional experience, and decision-making


Be a part of a social enterprise with high growth potential and potential future internationalisation

Initiating and managing relationships with artists

Managing research on relevant art world events and players

Assist on curation and preparations for the annual art exhibition, incl. Theme and venue selection

Assist on merchandise design finalisation


Socially driven with the aim to use theirs skills to better the world

Friendly, approachable and understanding

Organisation & MS Office Skills

(desirable but training will be provided)

Art-related degree

[Current Student/Graduate]

Interested in both the Refugee Crisis & Art

Leadership Skills

(training will be given)

Adept at building and managing relationships

Passionate about / Interested in creating a platform for marginalised voices