Scenic Art Studio Work Placement

Location London
Discipline: Work Placements
Job type: Fixed Term
Salary: Unpaid, with reasonable expenses
Contact name: Kate Lovelock

Contact email:
Job ref: 006722
Published: about 1 month ago
Expiry date: 06 Apr 2024 00:59

We have an exciting opportunity for placements in the Scenic Art department at the Royal National Theatre.


The National Theatre

The National Theatre is central to the creative life of the country. In its three theatres on the South Bank in London it presents up to 25 new shows a year and productions also play in the West End and on tour.  It broadcasts to cinemas worldwide through National Theatre Live, streams play’s free to UK schools and produces a wealth of digital content about theatre.

Through an extensive programme of amplifying activities – platform performances, backstage tours, publications, exhibitions and outdoor events – it recognises that theatre doesn't begin and end with the rise and fall of the curtain.


The Department

The Scenic Studio consists of the Head of Scenic Art, 3 Scenic Art Supervisors, 4 Grade 1 Scenic Artists (full time and and part-time.) and a studio technician. Plus freelance Scenic Artists during busy periods. The Scenic Studio is one of the Scenic Workshops, and is part of the Technical Department of the National Theatre. The Scenic studio is where scenery for NT shows and events are drawn, painted and textured.


The Placement

Scenic Studio placements last two weeks to allow candidates to experience how Scenic Artists approach their work and how the Studio functions as a professional environment. We can demonstrate and oversee the development of specific scenic techniques; this again would be aimed at an individual’s needs and interests. It is an aspiration of the placement scheme for individuals to experience this and gain an insight into the practical working life of a Scenic Artist.

Steel toe capped shoes are required to be worn at all times; all other PPE will be provided by the NT. A change of clothes is also recommended, lockers are provided in Scenic Studio changing rooms. There will be a full building and H&S induction given on the first day.

Studio hours are Monday to Friday 8:00am-5:30pm, the placement hours will be arranged with these times, most likely ending by 4:30pm each day.


A  successful candidate will have the following:

1. Aspiration for a career in theatre, preferably in Scenic Art.

2. Demonstrate a good awareness of the workshop environment with particular emphasis on safe working practice.

3. The ability to demonstrate a high level of initiative, attention to detail and thoroughness..

4. Should have a keen interest and grounding in painting, drawing and visual expression.


In your covering letter, you should include photos of your work, if you have any. 


Please include details of your availability in your covering letter, this opportunity is from May 2024 until early 2025.  


Download the role outline here 


For further queries please email


Please note work placements are only available to those who are UK based and aged 18 and over. 


We want our workforce to be representative of all sections of society and welcome applications from everyone. 


We will close this vacancy when we reach application capacity, which may be ahead of the advertised closing date.