Members of New Focus

Are you aged 16 to 25, do you live work or study in Bradford? Be part of something bigger – join our young people’s collective New Focus.

This is an exciting opportunity to gain real life experience developing creative projects. You will have the chance to work directly with Impressions’ team, and other likeminded young people, to develop inspiring projects that engage people from across Bradford and beyond.

This summer New Focus are embarking on an exciting new project and we need new members to help us make this happen. You will be part of a team that works directly with Impressions Gallery staff to support the development of We Make Culture! This is a series of creative consultation events to connect with communities in Bradford, and find out what culture means to them. The project was awarded to New Focus by THE LEAP, which is a Creative People and Places project that supports community-led culture in Bradford and Keighley.

Be part of the story, help us run fun food sharing events with Bradford communities, and get hands on with a camera by running pop-up photo booths. Develop new skills in film making and social media, and get creative by making short films sharing what culture means to the people of Bradford. As part of this project we will pay all your travel expenses to events and New Focus meetings.

As well as being part of We Make Culture! there will also be the opportunity to meet exciting and successful artists, support exhibition installations, and help us run events at the gallery.

Why Join?

As a New Focus members, you will have the opportunity to develop in an area of your choice. So, whether you want to develop a social media campaign, be a photographer, edit films or run events, we can work together to make sure there is the perfect role for you. You will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain creative skills and have fun.
  • Work as a team, make new connections and meet other like-minded individuals.
  • Work directly with the public at events, gaining valuable customer service skills.
  • Work with Impressions team and create professional links with photographers and other professionals across the sector.
  • Develop key skills in project management, leadership and communication.

As a New Focus member you can choose a job role that you want to gain experience in. Roles include:

  • Events Assistant
  • Film Maker
  • Photographer
  • Social Networker

Find out a bit more about each job role by downloading the Info Pack below, remember you don’t have to choose just one, you can do a few! It’s all about having fun and finding out what you enjoy.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is interested in a career in the arts, media or heritage. Recent New Focus alumni have gone on to work for cultural organisations such as international photography agency Magnum Photos, the BBC and Tate Liverpool, some have gone onto study PhDs, become teachers or support people with learning disabilities. Others work for digital agencies and are now graphic designers, illustrators or web developers.

How to apply

Email your completed application to or send it to Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square Bradford, BD1 1SD.

If you have any questions you can contact New Focus on:

Instagram: @ImpNewFocus
Twitter: @ImpNewFocus
Facebook: Newfocus/Impressions

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 1 June 2021.

Once you have applied you will be invited to come to our friendly Information Day at the gallery on Thursday 10 June 2021 from 5pm to 7pm. We’ll do a short presentation about New Focus and you will have the chance to hear more about the different job roles.

If you are unable to attend this event, don’t worry, we will also be running an information session on Zoom on Wednesday 9 June from 5pm to 6pm.

We want New Focus to be representative of all sections of society. Disabled people and those of ethnically diverse heritage are under-represented in the cultural sector, so we particularly encourage young people in these groups to apply.