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.
Here are examples of the roles you could be doing and what you’d be helping with:
Event Team Member
Are you interested in visual arts, enjoy making and working with the general public? Event Team Member will offer you an opportunity to work with newly graduated artists/makers, assisting with activities and supporting the daily preparation and running of the event.
The role of photographer captures the making of contemporary craft installations, participatory sessions with the public and the general atmosphere of the event. They will create a digital visual record of the installations and participatory elements of the festival.
Short documentary films are an essential part of telling the story of the festival and include individual artists’ talking about their practice and site-specific pieces. Film makers also capture public participation viewing and/or making pieces. The film maker will edit their footage to create a 1-2 minute film for each artist/maker. The films need to be in a format suitable for uploading to our webpages.
If you’d like to be part of the volunteer team for In:Site 2017 take a look at the application pack which you can download here.
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. Working with the team gave me an insight as per the title given to the event – into the world and life of graduate artists and the prospects that are opened up, if I so wish to follow upon this path. In comparison to previous volunteering events that I have been a part of, the Craftspace team was by far the most organised and helpful in terms of allocating roles, and time management. When new events open up I would readily apply for a volunteer position.” Javerya Iqbal, Events Team Member Volunteer, 2015
“I loved every minute volunteering for Craftspace during In:Site 2015. Craftspace understand that everyone needs a little helping hand while at University, this is seen not only in the running of In:Site, which shows off graduates work, but also by offering opportunities to aspiring media types.
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.
I would recommend Craftspace to people who need a little helping hand in getting their work published – just offer your creativity and hard work and you’re set to have a pleasurable experience working for them!” Josh Swetnam, 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.
“The feeling of being in Cathedral Square will stay with me for a long time. As a newcomer to Birmingham, volunteering for the In:Site Festival, I was excited by the vibe around the Cathedral, which was by turns intense, serene, and something in between the two. 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. Cathedral Square is clearly a special place which means different things to different people and it is on this level that, in my view, the In:Site festival worked so well. All the makers in their various ways gave individuals the space to pause, look and leave their mark for a while in the heart of the city as part of collaboration with people they may never meet. The thread running through my experience of In:Site was one of making connections. And that is probably why I was there in the first place. My background is in events and programming for the National Trust and our work is all about helping people connect to special places. There are many ways of doing this, and my personal interest happens to be in the arts and crafts. Knowing that I was looking for some relevant volunteering, a colleague suggested Craftspace and I sent off my application to help at In:Site. 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. I’d like to thank everyone at Craftspace for having me and I’d be terribly sad if I thought we wouldn’t all meet again someday.” Anne, volunteer 2016
Volunteer Terms and Conditions In:Site