Art Sheffield 2013: Volunteering Opportunities

Art Sheffield is looking for passionate and enthusiastic volunteers to get involved in this year’s festival.

As an Art Sheffield volunteer you will be a key part of a highly motivated festival team. Volunteers will have the opportunity to gain experience working in a lively contemporary arts environment, and will receive full training and briefing before the event. Areas in which volunteers may work include front of house and exhibition invigilation; marketing and social media; audience participation and feedback; technical support and installation; and special events.
Ideally we are looking for volunteers who can commit to at least 1 day a week throughout the festival period, however, there is a minimum of 6 days volunteering commitment.

Volunteers for Art Sheffield 2013 should:

  • Be available to volunteer for no less than 6 days during the course of the festival between 3rd October and 14th December 2013
  • Be available to attend a training session in Sheffield at the end of September 2013
  • Have an interest in contemporary art, galleries and museums
  • Have good communication skills
  • Work well within a team
  • Be able to use their own initiative
  • Be reliable and punctual
  • Preferably be based in Sheffield or the surrounding area and be flexible in terms of time commitments and volunteering hours

In return, Art Sheffield will:

  • Host a training session for volunteers at the end of September 2013
  • Provide volunteers with a rota and Volunteer Agreement at the training session
  • Provide all volunteers with an Art Sheffield T-shirt and Volunteer Handbook
  • Offer guidance and support to volunteers related to their role during the festival
  • Create opportunities for volunteers to gain experience in their particular areas of interest where possible (eg. exhibition installation, special events)
  • Comply with Health & Safety guidelines
  • Review volunteer’s progress at the end of the volunteering period
  • Offer CV advice and a reference for volunteers following the festival

Opportunities for volunteers will be available in the following areas and may include the following tasks:

Festival Launch & Special Events

  • Supporting the Festival Producer to prepare the event
  • Setting up for workshops and talks
  • Meeting and greeting guests and VIPs
  • Hosting artists and guests
  • Running during events
  • Documenting the launch and special events

Technical & Installation

  • Supporting artists and technical teams in installing work
  • Acting as production runners
  • Acting as technical support during live events
  • Maintaining the high quality presentation of exhibitions during the festival

Front of House & Invigilation

  • Opening, closing and supervising exhibition spaces
  • Switching installations on/off
  • Meeting and greeting visitors
  • Acting as the friendly face of the festival, sharing advice with visitors and recommending other festival activities and events
  • Manning the Art Sheffield Information Kiosk at Sheffield Station
  • Encouraging audience feedback

Marketing & Social Media

  • Creating social media posts prior to and throughout the festival, featuring exhibitions and events
  • Distributing marketing material in Sheffield
  • Promoting the festival online
  • Creating updates for the festival website and blog
  • Encouraging audience feedback

Audience Participation & Feedback

  • Assisting at festival workshops and participatory events
  • Assisting with administration and event bookings
  • Talking to festival visitors and gathering feedback
  • Carrying out evaluation surveys

If you are interested in volunteering with Art Sheffield festival, please complete our online Application Form and Equal Opportunities monitoring form.

If you have a query about volunteering with Art Sheffield Festival, or would like to complete your application in a different format, please email Jennifer Mulholland at

Click here to apply online to become an Art Sheffield volunteer