Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at one of Britain’s biggest arts centres? How does everything work? What sorts of jobs are there? Who does what, and where and when does it all happen?

If you’re curious to discover answers to those and any number of other questions about working in the arts sector then there’s a golden opportunity to find out more about what could be your next career move as Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, hosts a Recruitment Open Day on Saturday 21 August.

There are vacancies across the organisation, from backstage and administration roles, to front of house, catering and technical.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to join our enthusiastic, award-winning teams at Lighthouse on the eve of our busiest and most exciting autumn programme for many years,” says General Manager Martyn Balson.

There are two sessions, at 10am and noon, with Lighthouse staff members on hand to answer questions about working at one of the UK’s most significant cultural venues, explain more about its work that perhaps audiences don’t always see and guide tours of the iconic building, a Poole landmark for more than 40 years.

“It’s a chance to speak to us about which role may suit you, enjoy a peak behind the curtain and maybe reveal a whole new career – just go to the website to book free tickets.”

After a difficult time during the pandemic, Lighthouse has unveiled a packed programme for the autumn that includes a stunning new concert season with the world class Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in its home venue, as well as major international artists like Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Grayson Perry, Rob Brydon, Frank Skinner and Katherine Ryan. Lighthouse will also welcome revered touring companies such as Gecko, Motionhouse, Shechter II, Stuff and Nonsense, English Touring Opera and Diverse City, as well as popular entertainers including Jimmy Carr, The Bootleg Beatles, Pam Ayres and Bridget Christie.

In lockdown Lighthouse supported a range of theatre companies and emerging artists who will showcase new work in its venues this autumn such as SISATA, Joli Vyann, The Last Inklings and Louise Jordan, as well as partnering off-site events including Roundabout pop-up theatre festival and Inside Out Dorset festival of performances outdoors.

To book tickets for the Recruitment Open Day and for more information about these events and others please visit


Published 10 August 2021