Brainchild is an ever-growing community of people connected by shared values. Every year through the festival and our other projects, we meet and collaborate with hundreds of people, and these friendships become driving forces for our creative output.

We open up opportunities to get involved all through the year, from performing at the festival to volunteering with us, designing art installations to sharing works in progress at Hatch. Check the list below to see what’s open at the moment.

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



We are on a mission to reduce the environmental impact of Brainchild year on year, and this has only been possible with the huge help of our wonderful Green Team volunteers! As a member of the Green Team you will help with the successful delivery of our recycling system and engaging with people on sustainability matters. We can’t dress this up to be an overly glamorous job, but it is essential and we do promise to make it as fun as we possibly can because leaving no trace is important. Read more about the role here & apply by emailing with ‘Green Team’ as the subject line, giving a little information about yourself and why you’d like to be involved. 


We are looking for enthusiastic folks (with cars) to join our Artist Liaison team! The work should be fun whilst providing valuable insight  into the festival’s inner workings. Key Info:

  • You will be provided with a weekend ticket & 3 meals per day worked in Production Crew catering area
  • You will be on call for approximately 3 x 5 hour shifts over the weekend (unless it has been pre-agreed otherwise).
  • When on call, you are on hand for either pre-arranged artist transport or to solve emergency situations where there are no cabs/minibuses available and we need someone to take an artist to Lewes or Uckfield stations. This means you are required, while on call to stay in the vicinity of the AL Cabin.
  • You must not drink whilst on call.
  • If you provide receipts and you will be fully reimbursed for petrol costs
  • We ask you to arrive on site at least two hours before your first rota’d shift (you will be sent rota in advance of arrival)

To apply please email with ‘Artist Driver’ as the subject line, giving a little information about yourself and why you’d like to be involved.  


We’d love to hear from ethical food stalls & catering companies interested in trading at our festival. If you’re keen to explore this with us please email with your menu (with prices) & a picture of your stall.

Key Info

  • Brainchild is a 3 day multi-arts camping festival for over 18s
  • We will have 3650 people on site (audience, artists & crew)
  • All food traders are based in the main arena along with performance venues
  • There will be 8-10 food traders in total
  • We ask our traders not to serve alcohol or coffee (as we run these operations in-house)
  • We ask for a trader pitch fee up front, these vary depending on scale & service


The deadline had passed (14 March) – please note we are no longer accepting proposals or submissions to play/perform at Brainchild 2021. Due to our team being very small & under-resourced, we’re sorry to say that we’re not able to reply to every application and state on the application form that if artists have not heard back from us by the 16th April then they should take this to mean that we do not have the right space for their project/idea at this year’s festival. We do receive the best part of 100o applications each year so please do not be discouraged by this – we are really grateful to have heard from you and do make good notes of new discoveries to involve in our other events or our WWFM show.


Hatch is our cosy, rough-round-the-edges mixed bill night for sharing new ideas and works in progress. We adapted these events to a digital format, hosting short performances of early-stage works in an online broadcast, with the aim of encouraging audience feedback and new creative connections.

Applications are currently closed as we have no events upcoming, but we intend to re-start in early Autumn 2021 – please check back as we regularly call out for new ideas.


For general enquiries please email