Volunteering at Eastside Projects
If you are interested in contemporary art and able to volunteer some time to help us deliver our programme of exhibitions and events please get in touch. Volunteering at the gallery lets you contribute to Eastside Projects in many different ways, see behind the scenes and gain an understanding of how our exhibitions and events are programmed and produced.
Volunteering will give you the chance to work alongside, and learn from, staff and exhibiting artists and see how contemporary art spaces programme, develop, produce and present exhibitions and events. By volunteering you’ll contribute to the running of Eastside Projects and experience audience development, exhibition installation, events programming, invigilation, research roles and more.
Without the support of our fantastic volunteers Eastside Projects would be a very different place. In order to say thank you we regularly award volunteers who have worked hard with free Extra Special People membership.
Extra Special People (ESP) is Eastside Projects Associate Membership scheme which supports the development of work, ideas, connections and careers though a programme of events, opportunities and projects. For more information click here.
To find out more about volunteering at Eastside Projects please download our Volunteering Information Form and send it to email@example.com.
Unfortunately volunteering opportunities are not open to those under 18.
The Black Box Researchers
This year before each exhibition opens a small group volunteers take on research project exploring the ideas and themes behind the exhibition further. They learn how to create a document that engages the varied audience that comes into Eastside Projects. To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can read the current and past Black Box Research projects below, they are also on display in the Black Boxes in Black Pleasure.
Exploring themes and references that have informed Display Show
This project was produced by Dolly Kershaw and Katie Hodson
Exploring Samara Scott’s practice, ideas and themes that informed her solo exhibition Silks.
This project was produced by Laura Onions, Sarah Jerrard-Dinn and Katie Hodson
Exploring Roger Coward and his role in the Artists Placement Group placement in Birmingham.
This project was produced by Richard South, Lauren Hall and Rochelle Mckiernan
Here's what our volunteers say:
"It's always a pleasure to volunteer with Eastside Projects. I've had masses of fun along the way, met some legendary people and gained some great transferable skills. Last year I helped thread beads with Gunilla Klingberg, this year I'm knitting with Bill Drummond - can't get variety like this anywhere else. It's a great place to volunteer! "
"My time as volunteer at Eastside has enabled me to learn about other exhibitions and events happening in Birmingham, meeting lots of new people along the way. It has given me access to new opportunities such as my recent work placement with Gecko, an international organisation who assign British volunteers to arts organisation within the EU. Through the scheme I have been awarded a 9 week internship at a gallery in Prague."
Eastside Projects staff and volunteers install Alice Channer's work for exhibition 'Caroline Achaintre, Sara Barker, Alice Channer', 26 May - 28 July 2012.