Looking for a new challenge?

Interested in craft, arts and participation?

In:Site is an annual festival showing contemporary craft made by graduate makers and volunteers are essential to the smooth running of big events like In:Site festival.

It’s a great opportunity for enthusiastic and friendly individuals to work creatively with newly graduated artists/makers and the public to create contemporary craft installations. Volunteers can learn about running an event, discover new creative skills and develop confidence working in a team and with the public.

Volunteers at In:Site have joined us from various backgrounds; through work placement opportunities, students or persons on career breaks looking for work experience as well as people who enjoy art, craft and meeting new people.

What’s involved?

Duties as an Events Team Member include supporting the running of the event from set up to take down every day, helping the artists to complete their project, engaging with the public and keeping track of numbers and feedback.

If you have a passion for photography there is the opportunity to volunteer as a Photographer for the festival, capturing the making of contemporary craft installations, participation with the public and general atmosphere of the event.

There will be a Volunteer Briefing Meeting where you will get to know more about In:Site, what to expect during the three days, and meet the Craftspace team and your fellow volunteers.

You can choose to be with us for the whole festival, a day or even just a couple of mornings.

We will reimburse local (West Midlands) travel costs and lunch expenses up to £5.


Fill in a short application form (download here), and email info@craftspace.co.uk or post to Administrative Assistant, Craftspace, Unit 15 Highgate Craft Centre, 8 Highgate Square, Birmingham, B12 0DU by Sunday 11th August.

Any questions about the volunteer roles please email Amy, info@craftspace.co.uk or call 0121 608 6668.

Volunteers’ Experiences

Read about past In:Site festival volunteers’ experiences:

“Working with Craftspace at the In:Site Festival has truly been an experience to remember. Not only did it encompass elements that I have a great interest in; that being the arts and crafts sector but it also allowed for the opportunity to learn new skills and meet likeminded people.” Javerya, Events Team Member Volunteer, 2015

“Craftspace allowed me to have a starting platform in the video industry by providing me with time, patience and the ability to be creative. Their biggest asset is the support they provide, this does not necessarily mean financially, but the ability they have to give both positive and constructive feedback throughout the time I was with them.” Josh, Film Maker Volunteer, 2015

Josh has also gone on to work with us creating films for Making for Change, our developing annual  Craftivism (craft and activism) focused social action training programme for young people.

 “I will take away memories of lovely conversations with Craftspace staff and volunteers, flocks of pigeons flying overhead, afternoon sunshine in the trees, and unplanned philosophy session with some of the more reflective and passionate people who dropped by our tents for a chat and to join in with what we were doing.”

” It was great to meet new people and get my hands covered in ink but I have also learned a lot that will be helpful to me in my professional life, and I’m looking to sharing my experience with my team.” Anne, Events Team Member Volunteer, 2016


Important Ts & Cs

Volunteer Terms and Conditions In:Site

  • Volunteers must be 18 years old or over by 31 August 2019 to apply for In:Site Festival 2019.
  • All volunteer staff are required to familiarise themselves with and follow the code of conduct.
  • Volunteers must try to be available at the times they have indicated in their application.
  • Volunteers must be familiar with the Risk Assessment and the Safeguarding policy (this will be available onsite).
  • Volunteers must read the information pack and be willing to attend a briefing session before volunteering at In:Site.
  • Volunteers are responsible for their own safety and belongings.