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Paid Artist Training Opportunities

Two new opportunities to develop your practice

A room full of adults and children standing on one leg with their arms stretched out during a Tuneful Chatter movement session in a Doncaster nursery led by darts

We are offering two different Artist Trainee opportunities:

  1. Tuneful Chatter Traineeships
  2. Exploring Horizons Traineeships

Tuneful Chatter Traineeships

  • Three months (Sept – Dec 2024) at two days per week, ideally including Fridays
  • £125 per day (up to 8 hours of work per day)
  • For practising artists with a good level of experience in delivering participatory arts workshops
  • Specifically for dancers, musicians and drama practitioners.
  • For artists who are passionate about expanding their work in early years settings

Tuneful Chatter is a three-year project 2023 – 2026, made possible with funding from Arts Council England and City of Doncaster Council. The project is led by a Doncaster based consortium of specialists: darts – Doncaster’s participatory arts charity, Cast – Doncaster’s theatre and charity, and City of Doncaster Council’s Early Years Intervention Service. Successful applicants for this Trainee role will be employed by darts.

Tuneful Chatter will improve Doncaster 0–5-year olds’ communication and language alongside personal, social and emotional development (PSED). The project is led by skilled, professional artists, collaborating with Early Years practitioners to deliver a programme of creative activities in 14 settings: schools, nurseries, family hubs, at Cast and at The Point. Through this, we build new family audiences and strengthen connections between early years professionals and cultural organisations.

Trainees will be immersed in the project and will take part in professional development with highly experienced artists and early years practitioners (including family hub staff, teachers, teaching assistants and nursery staff) embedding sustainable expertise long-term. This is an incredible opportunity to gain real insight into creative health delivery with very young children and broaden your skills, expertise and experience to strengthen your practice.

“The Tuneful Chatter Traineeship is not just useful, but essential. The opportunity to develop my skills, knowledge and attitudes working directly with early years is unique in South Yorkshire and paramount to doing this work. “ – Previous Trainee

Expanding Horizons Traineeships

  • Three months (Sept – Dec 2024) at two days per week, including Monday mornings.
  • £75 per day (up to 8 hours of work per day)
  • For emerging and early career artists who wish to develop a career in participatory arts.
  • Specifically for musicians: singers, digital, instrumentalists etc.

Funded by the Foyle Foundation, Expanding Horizons Traineeships offer an incredible opportunity for early career and emerging artists to learn, practise and develop alongside highly experienced participatory artists. Trainees will be connected to one of darts’ creative health programmes and will observe Lead and Support Artists, co-plan, co-deliver and develop their skills. There will be opportunities to talk to experienced artists about their approach, how they work, and their art form. As the programme progresses, trainees will be supported to design and deliver short activities within sessions, then full sessions with participants.

Supported by our Artist Development Lead, Janet Wood, trainees will be part of the darts’ team, attending relevant meetings, spending time with our staff and having plenty of opportunity to learn about our 30+ years of developing and delivering creative health programmes. You will be expected to keep a reflective record of what you do in whatever way you choose – a written journal, video journal or scrapbook etc. This is an amazing opportunity to be paid while you develop your skills and expertise.

“My experience as a trainee for darts has been wonderful and such an amazing journey. I have a new bag of tools that will always help me to be a confident, courageous…artist. I look forward to learning from you all as my journey continues.” – Previous Trainee

How to apply

Please read all of the information in the Recruitment Pack (you can download the Trainee Recruitment Pack here) and follow the application instructions. Don’t forget to complete and return the Equal Opportunities Form (you can download the Equal Opportunities form here).

Closing date 

The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 24th June 2024. No late applications will be considered.


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