Auckland Arts Festival seeks volunteers

Auckland Arts Festival 2013

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Auckland Arts Festival 2013
26 Feb 2013
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Management & Admin, Visual Arts



Auckland Arts Festival seeks volunteers

Do you have a passion for the arts? Want to make connections with like-minded arts-lovers and arts professionals? Are you enthusiastic and friendly?  Do you enjoy taking part in FREE, fun and creative public activities?

The Auckland Arts Festival Visual Arts and Community & Education teams have three fantastic volunteer opportunities for arts students and arts lovers to support our programmes, engage with the public and be the face of the Festival.

  • Fly Me Up to Where You Are Tiffany Singh 2-24 March
  • White Night 16 March 6pm to midnight
  • Family Day: Whānau Whānui 24 March 10am – 4pm

All Festival volunteers will receive a letter of reference outlining the work you undertook. If you are interested in volunteering for one, two or all of the above projects (described in more detail below) please fill out and return the relevant questionnaire/s, available at Volunteers for White Night and Fly Me Up to Where You Are will need to attend a briefing meeting on Wednesday, 27 February at 7.30pm at the Aotea Centre.


Fly Me Up To Where You Are by Tiffany Singh

Are you keen to meet and work with practising artists and assist in the realisation and delivery of an artwork? Are you enthusiastic about community collaborations and engaging with the public? Commissioned by Auckland Arts Festival, Tiffany Singh’s project Fly Me Up To Where You Are involved the artist working with thousands of school children across Auckland, assisting them to express their hopes and dreams on a hand-painted Tibetan-style prayer flag. The culmination of this work will be:

  • a major public installation of the children’s flags over Aotea Square, 6 – 24 March; and
  • an exhibition at Artstation in collaboration with film-maker Robert George and textile artist Leanne Clayton – Fly Me Up To Where You Are: Te Waharoa 2 – 23 March. The exhibition will show still and moving image by Robert George of the children participating in the project, and provide a space for visitors to make a flag in response. Leanne Clayton will assemble these flags into a growing installation.  

We are seeking friendly and passionate volunteers to help at various stages of delivering the work. This could include:

  • helping with the installation of over 4500 dream flags in Aotea Square on a day between 2-4 March.
  • working as exhibition attendants at Artstation during the exhibition opening hours, including assisting visitors to paint a prayer flag, talk with visitors about the work, and support Leanne Clayton in her task of developing the installation – at least 1 day a week over the duration of the Festival, 2-23 March.
  • assisting on either or both White Night (16 March) and Family Day (24 March) during flag-making workshops at Artstation and Aotea Square


White Night. 16 March, 6pm – midnight.  A date with art, a date with Auckland.

Do you like talking to the public, sharing your passion for art? Want to be involved with an innovative arts event? Like to get out and about and see fantastic art in a festive night-time atmosphere?

On White Night, Auckland’s version of the Parisian nuit blanche, over 60 galleries, museums and arts spaces all over Auckland are opening their doors with FREE exhibitions, installations, performances, music, tours, artist talks, workshops and more, and WE WANT YOU!

We are after an enthusiastic bunch of volunteers who will act as the first point of contact for White Night.  Your role as Ambassadors will be to support the White Night participating venues in the hours leading up to and on White Night, encourage the public to check out the rich array of White Night events on offer, get stuck in to interactive arts activities inside and outside White Night venues, interview visitors and collect feedback, and generally be the eyes and ears of White Night.

We will provide free lunch and/or dinner, a free Auckland Arts Festival t-shirt and an unforgettable experience to add to your CV. 

To be a White Night Ambassador, you must:

  • attend a White Night Ambassador briefing meeting on Wednesday 27 February at 7.30pm
  • have a functioning mobile phone
  • be available to be the White Night Ambassador either during the day and/or the evening of White Night (Saturday 16 March)
  • Note: Being a White Night Ambassador is physical - you will need to be on your feet most of the night.

The day is broken up into three 5-6 hour shifts. You can nominate a preferred shift and a particular region to volunteer in (we’ll do our best to meet your request, but no guarantees!).

For more information on White Night visit our website:


Family Day: Whānau Whānui. 24 March 10am – 4pm

We are looking for brilliant volunteers to assist us on Auckland Arts Festival’s Family Day on Sunday 24th March 10am – 4pm at Aotea Square.  It will be a very busy day of clowning workshops, comic drawing, flash mob Boy E haka dance workshops and more!  This is why we need reliable people who will strive to ensure Family Day is an amazing success.  

 You must be available from 9am to 4.30pm and be over 18yrs of age.  You will likely be asked to co-manage an activity on the day so we need you to be reliable, have initiative and enjoy engaging with people of all ages.  In return you will be fed and watered, receive a FREE Auckland Arts Festival t-shirt and receive a letter of reference stating how awesome you were____________________________________________

Key skills

Organised, Artistic, Enthusiastic, Friendly, Engaging

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Auckland Arts Festival

22 Feb 2013