• 'Fidget cube' prototype, © Anna Farley 2019

  • Anna Farley in conversation with Becky Warnock, © Claire Wearn 2019

Volunteer to support a new artist commission and exhibition this autumn

Do you have a passion for photography and contemporary art? Do you want to gain experience of supporting a photography commission? We're looking for volunteers to support a new commission and exhibition in Brighton this autumn.

We’re looking for talented volunteers to support artist Anna Farley make new work, and to support the In Focus exhibition at Phoenix Brighton this autumn. We’d love to hear from you if you are:

  • over 18
  • based in/near Brighton
  • able to commit to the required number of shifts (see below)

In Focus is a new programme including a new commission, photography clubs and public events designed for neurodiverse communities. The commission is an opportunity specifically for a neurodiverse adult. Photoworks selected Anna Farley to make a new body of work (as yet untitled). You can read more about the commission here.

In Focus is part of EXPLORERS, a three-year programme of art, conversation, awareness raising activity, commissions and events developed by Project Art Works in partnership with Photoworks and cultural organisations across the UK and Australia.

Anna Farley works with photography and sculpture and is producing a collection of ‘fidget cubes’, assembled with photographs captured from her everyday lived experience as an artist with autism. Working with a GoPro strapped to her body, Anna has been recording moments of the everyday that highlight the levels of support she requires in order to fulfil her ambitions for the day. Anna wants to present and share the experience of a neurodiverse adult and draws upon the experience of form-filling in order to qualify for funding and benefits and the negative impact that can have upon her identity.

What and when?
We are seeking volunteers for two different roles (you can apply for both):

  1. Art Assistants: working to Anna’s guidelines you will help produce the artworks for exhibition, a total of 365 ‘fidget cubes’ of varied sizes. Each cube requires the assembly of 8 individual cubes and 8 images. You’ll have a good eye for detail and design and enjoy working accurately and neatly. Of course full training will be provided, and plenty of tea and biscuits! For this role you have to commit to at least two half-day shifts across any of the following dates: Wednesday 25 September, Thursday 26 September, Wednesday 2 October, Thursday 3 October, Monday 7 October 2019.
  2. Invigilators/survey takers: you will welcome visitors, tell them about the work, and look after the exhibition. You may also be asked to support our events programme linked to the exhibition. Armed with a tablet, you’ll conduct audience and evaluation surveys with our visitors. You’ll have an interest in contemporary art and photography, like to have a chat and won’t be afraid to approach people. For this role, you will need to commit to a minimum of three 3-hour shifts during exhibition opening times (Wed-Sun) between 18 October and 3 November 2019.

Why get involved?
Volunteering with Photoworks is a great way to gain experience and new contacts. You’ll get first-hand experience of working on exhibitions and events; engage with a dynamic group of arts professionals, curators and artists; and make new friends.

We’ll reward your commitment with a Photoworks gift. We’re always happy to supply references on request.

Click here to complete our simple application form and we will be in touch shortly.

Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Margot Minnot-Thomas via marguerite123thomas[@]gmail.com