Digital Projects Freelance Developer


The Barbican has an inhouse team that works on digital products, including building our website. We need a freelance developer to join us for 30 working days (3 sprints of 2 weeks each) to:

  • make website accessibility improvements
  • help build the user interface of our new livestreaming service
  • contribute to reducing our website bug backlog

It is essential to have somebody who is good at Javascript, HTML and CSS. Plus, it would be an advantage if you are familiar with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and have experience of working with some of the technology we use, including:

  • a content management system (we use Drupal 8)
  • reactive frontend frameworks (we use VueJS)
  • software version control in a team environment (we use Git and Bitbucket)
  • tools to organise software development (we use Jira)
  • continuous integration (we use CircleCI)

How work is done

The digital products team take an Agile approach for development. You will work within our pattern of fortnightly sprints. You will work closely with our Senior Developer, UX Lead and Full-stack Designer to set out the scope of work and agree the technical approach. Your work will usually be specified in Jira at the start of each two-week sprint.

Working time and place

We work remotely using your own equipment. You should join our 10.30am stand-up meeting by video call (which lasts from 10-20 minutes) as often as you can, and sprint planning and ‘retrospectives’ fortnightly. You may also be asked to join focused meetings by prior arrangement a few times a week, and you should sometimes be available for unscheduled calls or chat. The inhouse team normally works Monday to Friday between 10:00 and 18:00 (London). Apart from that we usually communicate asynchronously by chat.

How to apply for this work

Please send an email to with your CV, a brief statement (no more than 500 words) that tells us how your experience and technical skills are relevant to this work and the Equal Opportunities form which can be downloaded from the Barbican website. Provide examples and be as specific as you can. We cannot make assumptions and will assess your application using only the information you provide. We will ask a selection of candidates to attend an interview (which will be conducted remotely).

Personal information requested during the application process is for administrative purposes and will not be used to review your application. The people reviewing your application will not see your name or other personal information. Your technical qualifications will be taken into account, but the schools or other educational institutions you attended will not.

We particularly welcome applications from women, disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), LGB and Trans and non-binary candidates as they are under-represented within this team.

We are members of the Disability Confident Scheme and guarantee to interview all disabled candidates, who would like to be considered under this scheme and who meet the minimum essential criteria for the role.






12pm Fri 24 Sep