Community arts worker

Community arts workers help local communities plan and take part in activities like drama, dance, painting, and photography.

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter


£28,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays attending events or appointments

How to become a Community arts worker

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course


You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in subjects like:

  • community arts
  • creative expressive therapies

You'll usually need to be qualified and experienced in a specialist area of the arts such as visual arts, dance, drama, music or creative writing.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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You may find a community arts qualification useful, although this isn’t always essential. Examples include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Community Arts Administration
  • Level 2 Award in Community Arts

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course

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Volunteering and experience

It's important to have relevant experience and volunteering is a good way to get it.

You can find out about local community arts projects from the arts officer at your local council, or by checking:

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Career tips

Experience is just as important for getting onto a community arts course as it is for finding paid work.

Further information

You'll find more details about working in community arts through Creative Choices.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of psychology
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • knowledge of English language
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • working with local community groups to identify needs and concerns
  • developing new groups and activities
  • creating artwork and helping community members develop their own ideas
  • promoting and organising input from other arts workers
  • leading meetings and training activities
  • advising on grants, sponsorship and other sources of funding
  • writing funding bids and proposals, managing budgets and general administration
  • publicising activities through the press, local radio, leaflets and social media
  • managing and assessing projects

Working environment

You could work in the community, at an adult care home, in a prison or at a school.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could work freelance and run larger projects with bigger budgets.

In larger organisations, you could progress to a more senior or management role.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Community arts worker right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

Working in Community Arts

  • Provider: MARY WARD CENTRE
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: CAMDEN

Performing Arts

  • Provider: Nottingham Girls' Academy
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: NOTTINGHAM

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