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This is the 7th year Shape Arts and Artsadmin have delivered the Unlimited Traineeship programme. Research confirms that there is currently a shortage of disabled arts professionals. These traineeships addresses this imbalance and are only open to candidates who identify as disabled people. Unlimited use an inclusive definition of disability based on the Social Model approach, which, by focusing on the disabling barriers imposed by society, embraces all physical, sensory and invisible impairments, learning disability, mental health, neurodivergent and fatigue conditions. We understand that each individual may have their own preferred terminology which is different to ours. If you identify with the above and/or have experienced access barriers, we invite you to apply.

Each trainee assists with producing, project management and the provision of resources to disabled artists, with a view to developing a long term career in the arts. The programme offers a year long, on-the-job learning opportunity through direct involvement across Unlimited’s activity. This includes assisting in developing and coordinating administration for disabled artists’ commissions, marketing and communications work, research and development schemes, coordinating networking events and advisory support for disabled artists working across a wide range of art forms.

Essential skills / experience

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities
  • A high standard of organisation & efficiency
  • A self-starting and pro-active approach to work
  • Excellent communication skills
  •  Knowledge of IT, particularly MS Office software
  • Numeracy & basic budgeting skills
  • Commitment to equal opportunities, particularly on disability issues

Desirable skills / experience

  •  Interest in/knowledge of the work of either Shape Arts or Artsadmin, and of Unlimited
  •  Knowledge of Mac computing
  •  Knowledge of design software (Photoshop, InDesign etc)
  •  Experience of working in arts/project management
  •  Experience of using social media
  •  Experience of using remote working tools such as Dropbox, Trello, Slack
  •  A keen desire to work in the arts in the longer term

If you’d like to be considered for the role, please click on this link to fill out an application form through

the Submittable platform

If you have any problems with the platform please, email info@weareunlimited.org.uk or phone 07506 679968. If you do not receive an email to notify you that your application form has been submitted from us within 2 days, please contact us to ensure we have your application. If you require access support to fill out this application, please email isabella@shapearts.org.uk as soon as possible by Friday 6 November 2020 at the latest.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Jo Verrent joverrent@weareunlimited.org.uk.


Unlimited is an arts commissioning programme that aims to embed work by disabled artists within the UK and international cultural sectors, reach new audiences and shift perceptions of disabled people. Unlimited has been delivered by the disability-led arts organisation Shape Arts and arts-producing organisation Artsadmin since 2013, and is currently funded by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland and the British Council. Since 2013, Unlimited has awarded over £4 million to over 330 ambitious disabled artists and companies, which have been seen by or engaged with more than 2.6 million people globally and online. Unlimited is due to transition from a programme into an independent organisation across the next 2 years.

To find out more about what Unlimited does, how and why, please check out the Unlimited website, in particular our blog

Unlimited Blog