Volunteer at SPECTRA
What’s in it for you?
- Spectra, Aberdeen’s annual festival of light is first and foremost great fun!
- Get up close to the work of leading international artists as well as talented Scottish creatives and help the public to enjoy the experience. There are lots of interactive pieces, so there’s plenty for all ages to enjoy and a number of more thought provoking installations. Spectra brings light, art, technology and music together to create an amazing spectacle.
- Alongside the main light festival, help us deliver a ground-breaking music programme and an inspiring conference with international speakers.
- Volunteering can be rewarding. Whether you’re a student looking to gain experience in festivals, or just enjoy cultural events and keen to get stuck in, then we can find a role for you. It’s an amazing opportunity to put on your CV and make you stand out from the crowd. Plus you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped to bring another successful event to Aberdeen that makes art accessible to all.
- If you are a student we’re happy to verify the hours you have done for your course leader if required.
- We’ll provide an induction and training so even if this is the first event you’ve volunteered at you’ll soon feel at home.
What’s in it for us?
- Spectra is a very popular FREE event open to the public. There was roughly 65,000 visits for the 2017 festival. We rely on volunteers to help us deliver a high quality visitor experience during the four night festival run across our various sites and are very grateful for everyone’s help.
Don’t forget your thermals, it’s going to be chilly!
- Most of the roles involve being outdoors, which will be a chilly experience at best, and a cold, wet and windy experience at worst, so wrap up with lots of layers. We recommend you wear sturdy shoes or boots.
What skills and qualities are we looking for?
- The public play a major part in many of our roles, so we’re looking for volunteers who are friendly, good with people and have a good customer service attitude.
- However, if you’re more technical, behind the scenes, then we have roles for you too. Production volunteers are needed to help with the set up and dismantling of the installations.
- If you’re interested in Events Management or a career in festivals or the arts, then we need your help with our Music Programme and Conference.
All volunteers must be:
- 18 years old or over
- Festival Team Members need to be available during Thurs 8- Tues 11 February 6-10pm - It’s great if you can help for the whole festival but not essential, if you can just manage a few shifts that is fine too.
- Artist Assistants – need to be available during the set up Mon 5-Thurs 8 Feb and dismantling Mon 12-Tues 13 Feb. In previous years some Artist Assistants have also volunteered in the evenings as they are really familiar with, and understand, the artwork so can show the public how to interact with it too - Thurs 8- Sun 11 February 6-10pm
- Production Assistants – need to be available between Monday 5 and Monday 12 February across various hours with the possibility of late finishes
- Attend a Volunteers Briefing session, Tuesday 6 February, 5.30pm
If assigned to the music programme Production Assistants will need to be available between 8pm and 3am from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 February .
If assigned to the conference, Productions Assistants will need to be available between 8.45am and 5pm on Friday 9 and Saturday 10.
The Spectra organisers, Curated Place and Aberdeen City Council Events team will everything you need to know about the festival and the duties required in each role. If you are keen to volunteer but unable to make this time please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Be good with people
- Be willing to work as part of a team
What are the roles and when do you need us?
- Artist Assistants – Experience of installing artwork and being good with a tool box is an advantage but not essential as training will be given. Although building the artwork is strenuous work involving long hours and attention to detail, it is equally rewarding and assistants will work closely with the artists to ensure it is installed correctly. A clear understanding of health and safety and respect for adhering to site management rules is required. Being good with people is helpful if working in the evening when the festival is open, showing the public how to interact with the pieces of artwork.
- Festival Team Member - Welcome the public, hand out maps, answer general questions, give directions and information. Crowd management, looking out for hazards and reporting any incidents and assisting in emergency situations. Will suit those with a friendly and positive attitude keen to give good customer service and make the festival an enjoyable experience. Team Members are our ambassadors and will be responsible for the audience’s first impression of the festival.
- Production Assistant - Supporting the venue managers to prepare the sites, talking to people to help them with any problems they have, looking out for any hazards and keeping the festival management informed of what is happening on the ground. Would suit those with some arts administration experience or a strong interest in a career in music, festivals or events. Music Programme volunteers may be working with the likes of Lindstrøm, Plaid and Emma Pollock while the Catalyst Conference will feature Hull’s City of Culture Chief Martin Green, First Lady of Iceland Eliza Reid, and Hilary Nicholl Associate Director of Look Again Festival.
Where will you be working?
You be located at one of our sites - Union Terrace Gardens, Marischal College, and St Nicholas Kirkyard.
- If assigned to the music programme you will be at one of the venues participating – Unit 51, The Tunnels or the Assembly
- If assigned to the conference you will be at the Anatomy Rooms
Who is organising the event and who will you be working with?
SPECTRA 2018 is an Aberdeen City Council project delivered in partnership with Curated Place. Curated Place is an arts-led production company delivering, creating and curating contemporary exhibitions and events on an international platform.
How do I sign up?
Please email David Officer on email@example.com with the following details for more information:
- Mobile number
- Dates available
- Desired role
- Related skills and experience
- Have you volunteered at Spectra before, if so when and what did you do?
- If you’re a student, which course and year are you in?