Performance Facilitators

An exciting opportunity to be part of our next exhibition,

Marina Abramović: Gates and Portals

“This is an attempt to do something different, because in a normal exhibition you’re just a silent witness. At Modern Art Oxford, rather than just viewing artworks in front of you, you will be partaking in an experience that will be happening to you.” – Marina Abramović

Pioneering performance artist Marina Abramović (b. 1946, Belgrade, lives and works in New York) presents a new site-specific performance-based exhibition at Modern Art Oxford. 

Gates and Portals explores transitional states of being, with each visitor participating as a performer with a small group of others. During the exhibition visitors will encounter gates and portals that prompt contemplation of bodily awareness and elevated consciousness.

The exhibition was developed following a Modern Art Oxford research residency at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford in summer 2021. 


Modern Art Oxford and the Marina Abramović Institute are seeking facilitators for a participatory performance exhibition Marina Abramović: Portals and Gates that will take place between 23 September 2022 and 5 March 2023.

As a facilitator, your role will be to welcome and guide visitors in this unique exhibition experience by Marina Abramovic. Applications are welcome from people from a wide range of backgrounds, including but not limited to art, dance, theatre, performance, yoga, art history, science and psychology. Applicants should have an interest in durational performance art and be comfortable interacting with the visiting public. The role is physically demanding and may require the ability to stand for long periods. People with durational practices such as dance, meditation and yoga are strongly encouraged to apply.

For this role you will need:

  • an interest in durational performance art
  • An enthusiasm for positive experiences for exhibition visitors
  • Professional ways of working that demonstrate being: 
    • Welcoming and responsive
    • Ambitious for excellence
    • Collaborative and a good teamworker
    • Conscientious and reliable

Hours: Contract hours vary from 8 to 20 hours per week plus overtime. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 12-5pm and shifts will be a range of 4,5 and 7 hours allocated on a monthly rota. 

Salary: £9.90 per hour

Contract: Temporary contract from 18th September 2022 – 5th March 2023

Training Workshop:

Sunday 18th – Tuesday 20th September 10am – 5pm

Successful applicants will join a 3 day training workshop at Modern Art Oxford with the Marina Abramovic Institute. The training will be based on Marina Abramovic’s ‘Cleaning the House’ Workshop and participants will be led through a series of long durational exercises to improve individual focus, stamina, and concentration. Participants may be asked to refrain from eating or speaking to bring the body and mind to a quiet, calm state. 

How to apply

Click to apply above which will take you to the vacancy on our Breathe HR page.

Please note that you must be available to attend the Training Workshop from 18th-20th September and available to work for the duration of the exhibition (24 weeks).

If you have any questions about this opportunity or need any support to apply, please get in touch by emailing [email protected] or by calling us on 01865 722733. If you’d prefer, you can also send us a private message on Instagram or Facebook.

Modern Art Oxford is committed to ensuring we have a workforce that reflects the diversity of our audiences, and we know that working with people from a range of backgrounds is vital for the work we do across our organisation.  As part of our Anti Racism Action plan, we particularly encourage applicants from the global majority.

Closing Date for applications: 9am Tuesday 30th August

Interviews will be held on Friday 2nd September at the gallery.