Applications are now open for the Compass Festival Student Placement Programme 2022.

Deadline 5pm 26th May 2022

Compass Festival is looking for a set of dynamic students interested in a career in producing or marketing to take part in the planning, delivery and evaluation of Compass Festival 2022. 

Compass has been running successful placement schemes since 2014 with the majority of past participants developing successful careers in the arts & culture sector. Our placements are an opportunity to learn through practice, gaining valuable experience of working on a contemporary live arts festival. On a Compass placement you’ll be working closely with the Compass team, to realise the 6th edition of Compass Festival, established over 10 years ago. 

Compass commissions are distinctly different; one day you might be testing phone boxes, one day you might be setting up the smallest gay bar in Leeds, or you could be troubleshooting a sound installation under Leeds’ oldest bridge. 

You’ll experience a mixture of hands-on tasks and computer based work, and you’ll be part of ensuring that our audiences, artists and participants experience a safe, comfortable and accessible Compass Festival 2022. 

Each placement student will receive monthly one-to-one tutorials from the Compass team, where you’ll have the opportunity to reflect on your personal development. 

Role Descriptions

Producer Placement

Your role as a placement producer may include; 

  • Assisting artists with preparations for performances, arranging and sourcing props, venue dressing
  • Checking travel and accommodation arrangements are in place for artists visiting Leeds
  • Managing booking for live events, fielding queries about access
  • Daily venue checks, checking installations and reporting technical issues
  • Being a friendly face for the public, being present at events to provide access information for participants and facilitate engagement 
  • Gaining written and verbal feedback from the public

Marketing Placement

Your role as a marketing placement may include; 

  • Supporting marketing and comms by creating content for social media platforms
  • Editing short form video for social media platforms
  • Organising and sharing content with the Marketing team
  • Being a friendly face for the public, being present at events to provide access information for participants and facilitate engagement 
  • Arranging printed materials and interpretation for pop up projects


We are accepting applications from individuals who will be students in the September to December 2022 term, from any Leeds based university and from any course. 

We particularly welcome applications from students with protected characteristics such as LGBTQI+, people of colour, or those with disabilities. 


We are looking for candidates who can work hard, be reliable, show individual initiative, work in a group and take direction. Participants work on placement for the equivalent of 1 day per working week. This can be divided up and scheduled in response to their circumstances and the demands of the festival schedule.

The producer and marketing placements will take place over 10 weeks. Starting WC 19th September 2022 and ending WC 21st November 2022.

There is a bursary available for your time during the placement which will be equivalent to real living wage at £9.90 per hour.

How to Apply

There are three main ways that you can apply for the student placement roles:

  • Written Application submitted using our Google Form.
  • Record your answers as a video or audio file (max. 5 minutes) using our Google Form.
  • Request a Zoom application session, where your application will be transcribed to our Google Form by a member of the Compass Team. A limited number of these sessions will be available on the 5th, 12th and 19th of May 2022.

All proposals will be treated equally and no favour will be given to production quality or how you apply.

For both written and recorded applications please complete the online application form by following the link below. You can download a document with the application questions at the bottom of this page to help you prepare. To request a Zoom application session please send an email to

If your particular circumstances or access needs mean that the processes above are inaccessible to you, please let us know and we will do our best to help and facilitate your proposal in another format. 

Further Information

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Compass commissions and presents interactive live art projects in Leeds, UK. We run an artist residency programme, present standalone projects and exhibitions and artist development initiatives. Compass is also the driving force behind the biennial Compass Festival.

We believe that everyone can enjoy the very best of contemporary live art and we work closely with partners around the city and beyond to present thought provoking, entertaining and moving projects in a range of settings including libraries, markets, museums, shopping centres and the city streets.

We take time to work with artists and communities making sure the projects we commission are considered and fully engaged with their surroundings.

Compass is also the driving force behind Compass Festival, a biennial festival of live and interactive art projects that take place all over Leeds. The 6th edition of Compass Festival is coming to Leeds in Autumn 2022.