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This is the place to find out all about volunteering for Wise Words whether you are a student looking for a placement to gain experience or someone who enjoys being part of something special. Although we would love to pay everyone, we are a small festival run on huge amounts of passion, astronomical ambitions  and very small budgets and therefore work on a skill swap basis – doing our best to make sure we make your time with us as rewarding as possible! We also try to ensure that you get to see lots of the things you want to see at the Festival and encourage you to work with us on creating blog posts for our site that share your talents with a wide audience.

We’re a Festival Family made up of some of the most lovely, creative and passionate people – makers, doers, and people who enjoy making good stuff happen. Without our volunteers we couldn’t make the festival half as magical.

The 2016 festival will take place between 30th April and 8th May, and volunteer opportunities will run between now and then. Come join us and help us inspire wonder and curiosity through making the ordinary extraordinary.

Please check out the opportunities below and if they grab you and won’t let go, then apply by emailing beth@workers-of-art.co.uk and putting ‘VOLUNTEER’ in the subject box. 

“An exciting, progressive and modern company, my placement with Workers of Art has been invaluable: gaining such practical experience has provided me with a host of transferable skills, which I will take with me into my next ventures, both personal and professional. An amazing opportunity which shouldn’t be missed.”  Katherine Murray

“Through working with Wise Words I was able to connect with lots of wonderful, inspiring and lovely people. The experience opened up lots of different opportunities and equipped me with a better understanding of marketing and communications – in an environment where I felt free to ask questions and explore my own specific interests. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the arts; it’s an opportunity to explore what you love doing whilst also developing key employability skills.”   Alice Bryant 




We are opening our studio every day for makers to come and help us paint, sew bunting, fold books, make lanterns and start creating the props that transform the festival space. If you can spare a few hours just email beth@workers-of-art.co.uk (with volunteer maker in the subject box) and let us know when you can pop out to the Cowshed Studio in Bridge. We will ensure someone is there, that the coffee is brewing and the biscuit tin full!

Those of you who know our festival will recognise our passion for creating beautiful and often quirky installations that enhance the natural beauty of the site. In the months leading up to the festival we meet for coffee, conversation and cake and together make miles of bunting, book birds, installations, lanterns and outdoor chandeliers. 

During the Festival itself this team finds itself helping in all sorts of roles sharing the craft activities they have learnt with festival-goers. Here are some previous examples of the things Creative Team Members have found themselves doing:

  • Both leading and supporting in workshops such as lantern making, headdress making, hat decorating and book making.
  • Leading sessions for children such as ‘Fun with Clay’ and ‘Bubble Blowing’. 
  • Helping festival-goers to contribute to the festival newspaper. 
  • Taking part in exciting immersive roles within the Tiny Tots and Family Areas. 

The Festival will take place between the 30th April and 8th May. During the first weekend we collaborate with the City Sound Project to create a space that appeals to both theirs and our audience. 

Essential Dates

The design and making process begins mid January.  We will be opening our doors and inviting  the Creative Team to join us in our studio in Bridge. This could be for a a few weeks over your Easter break or for one day a week leading up to the festival. We are flexible to fit around and support your studies. 

Installation takes place in the week running up to the festival and it is essential that you would be available at some point between the 24th & 29th April. The days will be filled with setting up the site and in the evening there will be training sessions, a couple of fun socials and the chance to get to know the other volunteers. 

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