Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre occupying a 21-acre festival site that sits on the southern bank of the Thames, in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter. The site is home to the much-loved Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Hayward Gallery, The Poetry Library at Royal Festival Hall and Arts Council Collection of visual arts as well as the spaces surrounding these venues, both outdoors and indoors. We have an extraordinary creative and architectural history which began with the 1951 Festival of Britain when the site was the focal point for a nationwide celebration of culture and the arts of all kinds.
Southbank Centre passionately believes the arts have the power to transform lives. Our vision is to be the world’s most inspiring centre for the arts and to create the world’s leading festival site which offers millions of people the opportunity to enjoy, learn and take part. Our artistic policy is designed around a year-round cycle of festivals. These are led by ideas and themes featuring music, performance, dance, literature and visual arts and are complemented by a full programme of learning and participation activities.
In order to realise our vision and mission we need talented, committed and motivated people from a wide variety of backgrounds who thrive in a creative and collaborative environment. At Southbank Centre, we know that our people are the key to our success and together we work hard to give our visitors a truly amazing experience.
Due to the size and scale on which we work, we encourage our staff to understand their individual contribution as well as how they fit in with the bigger picture of Southbank Centre. If you want to know more about what we expect from each other and how we work together, click here for the Southbank Centre Way. This is a framework used to describe the attitudes and behaviours that we expect from all our staff which help make Southbank Centre a warm and welcoming destination in which to work, perform or visit.
Diversity and inclusion are vital to Southbank Centre. We strive to reflect this in the breadth of our artistic programmes; in attracting audiences from a wide range of communities; and in recruiting a diverse workforce. We actively seek to reflect our place as a local, national and global arts centre for everyone. For example:
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All of our roles are advertised on our website as and when we have vacancies. They include any short-term contracts and employment opportunities for young people. We do not have an unpaid internship programme and kindly ask that you do not send us your CV on a speculative basis. To ensure a fair and inclusive process applications are accepted for specific roles via our online application form.
If you require any adjustments at any stage of the recruitment process from pre-application through to interview please contact the HR team on 020 7921 0641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We endeavour to recruit for our positions via direct applications through our website, therefore speculative enquiries from recruitment agencies are not welcomed.
Southbank Centre Apprenticeships
Southbank Centre offers creative apprenticeships as part of our commitment to change the face of the arts and cultural sector through developing accessible pathways to employment. These programmes are aimed at those who might not have previously considered a career within the arts and cultural sectors or had the opportunity to develop the skills needed to thrive in these sectors.
Find out more about the Southbank Centre Apprenticeship programme and read case studies from our current apprentices here.
Volunteer at Southbank Centre
We’re always looking for friendly people who are over the age of 18 to join our volunteer team. Applicants should want to get involved with activities at Southbank Centre and be interested in working with a diverse group of people.
Find out more about volunteering at Southbank Centre here.