The AR Volunteer Programme
The Artist Resource offers six-month volunteering placements for artists, curators and arts managers interested in developing their knowledge of arts organisations, local resources, and of the areas of practice relevant to Fabrica’s exhibition programme.
The role of the Artist Resource Volunteer
To support the work of the Artist Resource Manager in maintaining the library and enabling public access to it. Please visit the Artist Resource Library before submitting your application to the volunteer programme.
What sort of volunteer is the Artist Resource looking for?
The work in the Artist Resource is research and administration based, volunteers need to either have, or be keen to develop, skills in these areas. Past volunteers have largely (but not always!) been early career artists, arts managers and students in visual arts and arts management.
Working in the Artist Resource serves as a good introduction to the organisations and support structures that exist for artists and arts managers. Many Artist Resource volunteers have recognised this as a learning activity that benefits their professional development and have volunteered accordingly.
What kind of time commitment is expected?
A minimum of half a day a week for 6 months.
What sort of work does volunteering in the Artist Resource entail?
Initially there is a lot of filing in the Artist Resource Library, this helps a volunteer to become familiar with what the Artist Resource covers.Volunteers carry out research into the areas covered by the Artist Resource. This can include direct contact with the organisations represented in the library. Alongside the filing and research into areas already covered by the Artist Resource, volunteers will be encouraged to develop projects that build on their own areas of interest and knowledge that will be added to the resources that the Artist Resource offers.
What other benefits does the AR offer?
- Visits to other arts organisations, including ‘behind the scenes’ introductions by arts administration and gallery staff.
- Opportunities to take part in events organised for Fabrica volunteers.
- The opportunity to record and appraise your learning whilst you are with the Artist Resource.
The Artist Resource Volunteer Programme develops learning in the following areas:
- Filing, Archiving and Database skills
- Research skills
- Arts Administration
- IT skills (word processing, publishing and database software)
- Networking with artists, arts organisations and arts professionals
- Professional development
- Understanding of the business of the arts
- Understanding of contemporary art and artists
To apply to be a volunteer please complete an application form. There is often a waiting list but all applications will be kept on file for 12 months and you will be contacted as soon as a place becomes available.