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Tale of Two Cities project volunteer: May – Sept 2019

Art Shape’s vision is that all people can choose to engage with the arts as equals. We work to combat exclusion from the arts with particular focus on working with adults facing disabling barriers. We believe in the power of the arts to change lives and improve health and well-being. We are committed to creativity and imagination, equality and access.


Tale of Two Cities is a new Art Shape project, with funding from Adult Education Gloucestershire and partnerships with Adult Education Wolverhampton and the Gloucester Heritage Hub. This exciting project aims to give a voice to disabled residents of Gloucester – both past and present.


Participants will be researching the history of Gloucester, finding links to the Gloucester they experience in the present day and considering the part they might play in shaping the future of their city. The project is designed as a programme of courses which will enable participants to shape and respond to their research through visual and performing arts.


Participants will also connect with adult learners in Wolverhampton with similar experiences and needs. This will culminate in a joint exhibition with Wolverhampton learners in both Wolverhampton and Gloucester, and an event at the Gloucester History Festival in September.

What's involved?


We are looking for a team of volunteers to support the tutors and participants in the courses and also to support the set-up and smooth running of the exhibition and event. We are keen to find volunteers who are interested in being involved from start to finish but also welcome applications from anyone interested in a smaller role.


The project will run from May 2019 – October 2019.


The role will include:

·         Supporting the set-up for the sessions and the packing away of materials

·         Supporting groups of learners in a variety of activities, this could be arts, performance or research.

·         Supporting with basic course administration and co-ordination with the project team

·         Supporting with the set-up of an exhibition and community event

For this role you would need to be:

·         Passionate about access to the arts for all people

·         Interested in working with adults with varying disabling barriers

Why get involved?

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain real hands on experience of creating and exhibition with community involvement. You will practice and strengthen community engagement, communication, planning and decision making skills, in a friendly supported environment. As the project culminates in a Gloucester History Festival it is a great opportunity to see your hard work showcased at a high profile event. These are great things to be abe to add to your CV or indeed to talk about at interviews. However, even if you are not looking for experience that could help you find paid employment, there are still many reasons to volunteer with us. This is a very social project - you'll meet lots of new people. It will allow you to exercise your creativity whilst also discovering more about Gloucester's past and present.

How to get involved?

  1. Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
  2. Accept the challenge
  3. Await a response from Art Shape with more information 

Ideal Skills

  • Customer Service
  • Design & Illustration
  • Event Management
  • Reading/Storytelling
  • Research
  • Social Media

Ideal Interests

  • Archiving
  • Community Work
  • Creative and Arts
  • Design
  • Event & Project Management
  • Learning and Education

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