Brainchild is a growing DIY network of creative people. Our highlight of the year is Brainchild Festival, a three-day event that takes place in East Sussex in July. We also produce cross-art events throughout the year. We are always sharing ways for people to get involved, from performing at the main Festival, to volunteering, designing art installations, taking part in our HATCH nights at Platform Southwark, and many more opportunities across the year.

Nina Mdwaba and Emily Motto finishing an installation on the festival site


We’re recruiting for a variety of paid pre-production roles for next year’s festival. For all of the roles, an enthusiasm for Brainchild’s work and a degree of flexibility with workflow is necessary.

As our first year offering paid roles for the festival production, 2019 has been a period of learning and growth for Brainchild. Joining us at this crucial stage in our development will offer a genuine opportunity to make a mark on the project and build lasting relationships. We’re really excited to be recruiting new team members and introduce fresh energy and expertise to the project for 2020.

Creative Production Manager

We are looking for a Creative Production Manager to join our team and lead the delivery of the 2020 festival art installations and oversee in-house design & decor.

The Creative Production Manager will be first and foremost a skilled project manager and problem-solver, with exceptional communication skills and the ability to juggle multiple priorities. The successful candidate will have hands-on experience in creative production, project management, health & safety. Read more about the job and how to apply here.

Communications Manager

The Communications Manager will collaborate with the Creative Director to devise and implement an overall marketing strategy for the 2020 festival and associated events, as well as overseeing audience development and communications.

The successful candidate will be a skilled project manager, with a track record of delivering impactful marketing campaigns within the arts and producing engaging creative content. They must have a genuine appreciation for the arts and the desire to help nurture a growing grassroots community, as well as a natural enthusiasm and flair for communication on social media.

Ideally, the Communications Manager will have an existing relationship with Brainchild’s work or a strong appreciation of the cultural world that we work within. Read more about the job and how to apply here.

If you have any further questions, please get in touch at


We’re looking for innovative theatre, cabaret, comedy, music, poetry, performance art and everything in between – anyone willing to take risks and try something new. We host six short performances across the year at Platform Southwark, of early-stage works with the aim of encouraging audience feedback and new connections.

Our next HATCH night is in Autumn 2019. If you are interesting in performing, please fill out this application form and read more here.



Festival Inquiries: 

To be on the build and break team email bria

For general on-site volunteering email tomo

For press email lucy

For any other enquiries email team

Please note that the deadline for programming applications has now passed for 2019. Submissions will open again for Brainchild Festival in 2020.

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