Interested in a career in the arts, cultural heritage, or events? Why not volunteer?
The Western Art Team are seeking Durham University student volunteers to become Tour Leaders for the Bailey Gallery 2019 during June’s Summer in the City festival.


About the Festival

Summer in the City Festival is taking over Durham this June, celebrating the best of the city’s theatre, music and art. Throughout June, Durham will be packed full of cultural events for everyone to enjoy. Durham University, Durham County Council and regional artists bring you a dynamic programme of events to celebrate the cultural life of Durham. This month long festival showcases the best theatre, musical concerts and art projects Durham has on offer.

Festival Assistants

We are looking for friendly, outgoing people with a professional attitude to volunteer as Festival Assistants.

Festival Assistants will support events taking place across the city from 1st– 30th June 2019. This is an excellent opportunity to meet artists and curators, and gain experience of delivering arts events and festivals.

We welcome applications from members of the local community as well as students. No previous experience is required: as Assistants you will receive full briefing and support to deliver your role.

As a Festival Assistant, your role may include:

  • Supporting the running of events, including providing visitors with information, and assisting Artists and Staff with basic tasks;
  • Supporting the set-up and closing-down of events, which may include manual handling of furniture and equipment;
  • Approaching visitors and helping them to complete evaluation surveys.

We ask that Festival Assistants commit to complete at least 1 full day of volunteering

(9am – 5pm) and attend training on Friday 24th of May 2019.

Completion of your responsibilities is likely to involve:

  • Being on your feet for a large portion of the day;
  • Walking between different Durham City locations on the day;
  • Undertaking supervised manual handling tasks, such as moving chairs and tables.

Festival events will take place on the historic site of Durham Bailey and City Centre. Assistants need to be aware of access issues including steps, cobbles, road traffic and narrow pavements.

How to Apply

Please email [email protected] with an up-to-date CV. In your email, please explain in no more than 200 words why you are interested in volunteering a Festival Assistant and what you hope to gain from the experience. If you’ve been shortlisted we’ll be in contact after the closing date.


Applications Close: Thursday 23 May 2019

Project: Summer in the City

Role: Volunteer Festival Assistant

Training Day: Friday 24 May 2019


Minimum requirement: Successful applicants will deliver a minimum of 1 full day of volunteering (9am – 5pm) and attend training.


Please email us if you have any questions: [email protected]