Eden Arts Crew Call Out

2018 Picnic Cinema Lowther credit Richie Johnston 22 WEB

Eden Arts are on the lookout for event staff, stage managers, production crew, tech-savvy bods to join our freelance pool.

At Eden Arts we often have a need to put a crew together quickly for specific tasks, meaning we don’t always have the time to advertise opportunities to the general public. This leads to us working with the same people often, and whilst there are advantages to this approach we know there are many more talented people out there, who would love to work with us on our projects.

This is why we are doing an open call for our upcoming season, whilst we are not advertising for specific roles, we do have a general idea of some of the projects we will need assistance on, from July onwards for 2021 and into 2022.

Our go-to freelance team is made up of enthusiastic mucker-inners, great team players and go-getters. These roles range from highly skilled technical crew and people friendly staff and often can include the basics - ie lifting and moving equipment, loading and unloading, standing for long periods, uneven terrain, outdoor working in all weather, possible camping overnight and weekend working.

Picnic Cinema

July 2021 - The Norths No. 1 Outdoor Cinema taking place at a remote location in Shap in 2021. This sold-out event runs with a small crew team who handle everything from setting up equipment, entertaining audiences, health & safety management and running a bar.

The Winter Droving

October 2021 - Fire, Music, Masks and Mayhem in Pooley Bridge & Penrith Town Centre. The Winter Droving usually involves a team of around 30 freelance crew taking on roles such as stage managers, informational staff, artist liaison, site crew, team managers, market managers and more.

Large Scale Installations

We have a range of large scale installation works and artist commissions in the pipeline which we are currently awaiting funding outcomes for. These projects will include artist liaison, logistics support, site crew.


General Crew/Event Staff

You will be enthusiastic, able to take initiative and a general team player. No task is too big or small and you are able to take on a range of roles, this could be from helping to set up equipment, greet audiences and give out information, assist artists and performers to get to their stages/performance spaces.

Team Managers/Stage Managers

We often have a need for team managers to handle delegated responsibility for small teams at our larger events.

Stage Managers handle the running of stages and performance spaces at The Winter Droving; ensuring artists arrive on time; schedules are kept to, and sound and lighting teams have everything they need.

Technical Crew

You need to be a great all-rounder team player, unflappable in a crisis, confident to take the lead on setting up and taking down technical equipment, and able to solve problems - fast!

Our technical crew are pretty good all-rounders. You will form part of the team who take our touring cinema on the road, helping with setting up the cinema, looking after the technical kit and be one of the friendly faces hosting the night. Additionally, you will be in charge of the cinema playlist, sound checks, technical run-throughs, as well as queuing the pre-film show and getting the movie started without a hitch.

Our Picnic Cinema events take over the weekend from Friday midday - Sunday midday.

Essential for Technical Crew

A solid practical knowledge of setting up sound and AV equipment.

Confident driving LWB van

Full Clean UK Driving license


Please fill out our application form here, which includes uploading your CV and Covering Letter


Midnight 2nd May 2021


Rates vary for specialist crew but we pay around £110 - 150 per day depending on the project & hours worked.


Eden Arts are committed to equality for everyone and we encourage you to apply for our job opportunities and commissions no matter what your age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation. Eden Arts is an inclusive employer. We value difference and recruit by merit based on fair and open competition. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and from all sectors.

If you would like to speak to someone for more information please email bryoney@edenarts.co.uk

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