Reclaim Photography Festival 2017 is offering up to twenty young people, aged 16-25, a unique opportunity to showcase their creative talents and to develop their professional artistic skills, through our inspiring volunteer work experience programme.

This free programme will offer hands on experience of successfully delivering the Reclaim Photography Festival 2017 and provide participants with the opportunity to work with our team, charity, galleries and partners. 

The RPF 2017 Programme will offer opportunities for:

  • festival curators;
  • press photographers;
  • digital media co-coordinators;
  • web and social media co-ordinators;
  • family educational photography workshop assistants.

Selected participants will:

  • commit to a minimum of 15 days (all participants) between 28 January and 28 June 2017;
  • be available (volunteer curators only) 30-31 January, 1-2 February; 9-10, 13-15, 21-22 March 2017, for print and digital curation meetings;
  • be available (all participants) 05-08, 21-23 May and 07 June 2017, for installation and dismantling of exhibitions and auction;
  • attend role specific project meetings with our team, galleries and partners;
  • select a Volunteers Favourite winner for the gallery exhibition;
  • work as a team to install, manage and dismantle exhibitions;
  • help co-ordinate event and gallery launches;
  • produce photographs or write texts for the RPF website;
  • undertake audience evaluation and surveys.


You are:

  • available for interview on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October 2016; 
  • available for all days of the RPF17 install, event and dismantling periods from 5-8 and 21-23 May and 07 June 2017;
  • available to work independently outside of this schedule;
  • based in Birmingham, Dudley and Wolverhampton area.


Deadline: 5pm (UK time), Friday 21 October 2016   

Interviews:  Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October 2016

Send your application to: reclaimwestmidlands@gmail.com

Subject: Volunteer Work Experience Programme Application

Please include all of the details in one pdf document as an email attachment:

  • The role you are applying for e.g. festival curator.
  • Personal details:
    • Full name and title;
    • Full postal address;
    • Date of birth and age;
    • Daytime contact number;
    • Email address of parent or legal guardian if aged under 18 by the Festival end 28 June 2017.


  • A covering letter, maximum 250 words, stating why you are interested in this opportunity, what relevant skills and experience you have and how this opportunity will benefit your professional development. 
  • You must also demonstrate your ability to work as part of a team, excellent communication skills, an enthusiasm for both the conceptual and practical elements of the project and a willingness to learn. 
  • Please also confirm your availability to participate fully in this unique professional development opportunity.
  1. All participants: write an idea (maximum 250 words) to raise funds for St Basils charity through the sale or auction of prints from the one-day event and two-week gallery exhibitions. Describe how you will market and promote the events for a successful outcome. 
  2. Workshop Assistants only: write an idea for a series of family educational photography activities at one of our Festival venues, which will offer visitors of all ages to engage in both historical and contemporary techniques, in a welcoming and accessible environment. Describe how you will market and promote the events for a successful outcome.
  3. Press Photographers only: please include a maximum of 9 images, which demonstrate your current photography skills. Images do not need to be press photography related, but must demonstrate your photography skills. 


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