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We are seeking an artist to work with us at Zoology Live!, our annual family day event on June 22nd 2024

Deadline to apply is 9am on Monday 3rd June. 

We are looking for an artist-facilitator to work with the Museum of Zoology to develop and deliver a family art activity inspired by local ecosystems and food webs as part of the Zoology Live! festival on Saturday 22 June from 10am-4.30pm.

We want to showcase the connections between animals and other living things, inspired by the wildlife participants will see through other activities happening on the day, and create a collaborative artwork in the Museum galleries.


The Zoology Live! festival has been running in June each year since the Museum reopened after its redevelopment in June 2018. During this festival, we aim to engage family audiences with the wildlife on their doorstep with fun, interactive activities. This year, we have a theme of Animal Connections, exploring the connections between living things in the natural world, and between the natural world and us. We would like to bring in an artist facilitator to develop and deliver a drop-in art activity for families to take part in, inspired by the wildlife they will have seen through other activities taking place on the day. We would like to create a collaborative artwork through the day exploring the theme of connections in ecosystems. This activity is to take place in the Museum galleries. As such, there are restrictions on the materials we can use. No wet or messy materials can be used – e.g. no paints, inks, or charcoals/pastels. WE have to be careful not to bring potential pests (e.g. clothes moths and carpet beetles) into the Museum in materials. We also work to ensure our activities are as sustainable as possible, and this related to materials used for art activities.


The Zoology Live! festival is taking place on Saturday 22 June from 10.00am-4.30pm. We will have some time after 2pm on Friday 21 June to set up spaces for activities, as well as the morning of the 22nd June before the event begins. We would like this to be a drop-in activity for families. All children will be accompanied, and we like to encourage families to learn and play together in the Museum. We have Museum staff and volunteers on hand to assist with the activity. We would like to have the activity running throughout the day, and will timetable in cover for lunch and other breaks through the day. Please note the restrictions on materials stated above.

We can discuss how the artwork would work in the spaces in the Museum too.

Other Information

We are looking for an artist with experience working with families, and has an interest in the natural world and human impacts upon it.


£600 excluding materials, for which there is a separate budget of £150. Fee is calculated at the rate of £300 per day on the basis of delivering the activity at the festival (1 day), and preparation including set up (1 day).

Send a proposal

To apply for this freelance opportunity, please send us a proposal for this project, outlining the materials and construction and how you would work with the families. We would also like to know about you so please also send a CV with information about your experience and links to any previous projects, and two referees we can contact about your work.

The deadline for submissions is 9am on Monday 3rd June. We will aim to contact short-listed candidates week commencing 3 June with any questions etc. and appoint shortly afterwards. For further information, please contact Senior Learning and Engagement Coordinator Roz Wade on