Jobs & volunteering
Arts Team Volunteers
Our Arts Team is always on the look-out for enthusiastic and rigorous volunteers to assist with the processing of thousands of entries to the Koestler Awards.
We run annual awards which structure our team’s calendar. This means that our responsibilities change throughout the year as we process entries (beginning in March), facilitate judging, write feedback, curate and put up exhibitions, run events and finally return artwork to the entrants (December to February). Volunteers will have an opportunity to experience a number of different roles and activities dependent on the period that they spend with us. Our current project involves unwrapping and processing the approx 8000 pieces of art we have received for the 2018 Awards.
We need volunteers who can work independently and can follow our procedures in order to process the entries efficiently and reliably and play a crucial part in our team. Volunteers will gain experience of working in a dynamic team and handling artwork, and will have a privileged ‘behind the scenes look’ at the exciting and diverse range of writing, fine art and design pieces we receive. They will gain an insight into the running of a small prestigious arts organisation.
Ideally, volunteers would be able to commit to a period of 2 months, usually 2 – 4 days a week (weekdays). However, volunteers are a highly valued part of our team and we will try to accommodate those with less availability. We will reimburse travel and lunch expenses.
Skills and experience needed:
• Accuracy – you need to sustain accuracy while logging large volumes of work at a time.
• Physical dexterity – to handle fragile artwork in many shapes and sizes following health and safety procedures.
• Commitment to the Koestler Trust’s policies such as health & safety, confidentiality, and equal opportunities.
• An interest in one or several of the art forms represented in the Trust’s work – an interest in the work will keep things lively for you.
• Support for the aims of the Koestler Trust – we want our volunteers to get as involved as they can in our work and to enjoy promoting participation in the arts by all offenders, secure patients and detainees.
What to do next…
If you are interested in this voluntary role please complete the Volunteer Application Form (.doc) and email or post it with a brief covering letter, outlining your interest in the role and availability as well as your CV to MAnstis@koestlertrust.org.uk or Matt Anstis, Koestler Trust, 168a Du Cane Rd, London W12 0TX. Please note that we aim to respond to all applications within 4 weeks. We look forward to hearing from you.
Volunteer Arts Mentors for Ex-Prisoners
We are looking for artists, creative writers, musicians, and arts industry professionals, to help support our mentoring scheme. We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants based in the North West of England, and South Wales.
The Koestler Trust is the UK’s leading prison arts charity. We’ve been awarding, exhibiting, selling, and championing art by prisoners, secure patients & immigration detainees for over 50 years.
Through our arts mentoring programme, The Koestler Trust identifies and supports prisoners with talent and enthusiasm, helping them to harness their creativity in a way which can make a positive difference to their resettlement.
Mentors work one-to-one with ex-offenders, offering between 7 and 10 mentoring sessions over a 12-month period. We provide full training and support, but the role is largely an autonomous one and we are looking for mentors who can bring their own energy and expertise to the role.
Applications from ex-offenders are positively encouraged.
We accept applications for this role on a rolling basis.
Complete and return:
> koestler mentor application form