Arts Festival Volunteer

British Ceramics Biennial Published: July 4, 2019
Opportunity Type
Meet New People, New Skills & Experiences, Make A Difference Locally
Social, Hands On/Practical, Creative
Arts & Entertainment, Event Coordination, General & Helping


British Ceramics Biennial is returning to Stoke-on-Trent this year from 7th Sept – 13th Oct to celebrate 10 years with a five-week festival of exhibitions, installations and events in the home of British ceramics. As a premier event in the UK’s ceramics calendar, we’re expecting over 70,000 visitors across its four sites: Spode Works, World of Wedgwood, Middleport Pottery, The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. Visitors will view new commissions from UK artists at the forefront of contemporary UK ceramics, experience work by artists-in-residence from India and Korea and have fun exploring clay themselves in The Clay Quarter, our messy and experimental engagement space.

We couldn’t run this festival without our volunteers, and a team of dedicated people is needed once again to help us deliver an exciting programme of exhibition and events from 7th September – 13th October 2019. This is a unique opportunity for volunteers to get behind the scenes of a major festival and work alongside some of the leading figures in contemporary ceramics and socially-engaged art.

Volunteers will mainly be based at the former Spode factory in Elenora Street, Stoke. This historic building will be the main ‘hub’ of the festival and volunteers will have the opportunity to get behind the scenes, having a tour around the site and gain a deeper understanding of the artwork, exhibitions and events being shown.

As a volunteer you can expect:

  • Flexible range of volunteering hours (mornings/afternoons, weekdays and weekends to accommodate the availability for individuals)
  • Shifts that are split into four hours
  • Training and reasonable travel expenses provided.
  • Professional references will be supplied to all successful students once the festival is finished
  • A briefing about the British Ceramics Biennial, including information on the artists and exhibitions across the four sites.

The volunteering roles available are:

  • Invigilation and Exhibition assistants – meeting and greeting, monitoring visitor numbers, answering queries, ensuring the safety of the artworks, exhibition maintenance.
  • Front of House assistants – welcoming guests, distributing print, talking to the public about current exhibitions, answering queries, events and activities.
  • Engagements and Workshop assistants – preparing material and equipment, welcoming visitors to ‘have a go’, encouraging experimentation, working with artists.
  • Install and De-install assistants – setting up the Spode site ready for exhibitions, painting and decorating exhibition furniture, handling of ceramic work, de-installing the festival.

For more information about the volunteer roles available and to submit your application, head to our website

If you have any questions, you can email or call the office on 01782 294634

Only registered members can apply for opportunities.

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