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We have a number of opportunities for volunteers at Metal for Summer / Autumn 2014 and we would love you to join us. There is a short description of the options below but please do drop in to find out more.

We will be holding a drop in event for Volunteers on Tuesday 22nd July from 4pm – 6.30pm. Drop in to find out more information about each project and volunteering opportunity. 


A Space to Connect and Grow: environmental opportunity

Local artist Jeni Cairns is designing a garden for Hampton Court Palace Flower Show which will then return to our base at Chauffeurs Cottage. We will be looking for 2 – 3 volunteers to help us install the garden in early August and then 8 – 10 volunteers that will help us to tend and maintain the garden at monthly intervals over the next year. The garden includes planters with edibles, trees and perennials, a space to meet and a stage for performances – all made with recycled and upcycled materials. Volunteers need to be interested in gardening (although not necessarily experienced as simple training will be provided) and able to work outdoors.

Find out more about Hampton Court Garden here. 


Café Valise at Chauffeurs Cottage

Over the festival period we will be running a small café at Chauffeurs Cottage selling pre-made cakes and tea / coffee etc to visitors coming to Metal for workshops and tours etc. We are looking for volunteers to help us run the café on three dates. Volunteers will require strong customer service skills, good organisational skills and are able to manage small petty cash budgets. Dates:

·         Sunday 31st August, 1 – 5pm (2 volunteers required)

·         Saturday 6th September, 9.30 – 5.30pm (6 volunteers required in shifts)

·         Sunday 7th September, 1 – 5.30pm (2 volunteers required)


Billboard Indie-Vision – assistant tour guides

Throughout September Metal will be displaying 11 billboard designs around the city designed by different national artists ( We will be hosting a preview of the billboards with walking tours around the city centre to see the billboards. We will be looking for volunteers to help assist with the tours, passing on information to groups as they travel to the sites and making sure they stay together as a group. We will bring together groups prior to the day to talk them through the project, billboard designs and logistics prior to the day. We will also need one volunteer to remain at Chauffeurs Cottage to help meet, greet and organise people going on the tours. We will need approx. 5 – 6 volunteers. The tours will be followed by a debate at Chauffeurs Cottage from 5 – 7pm.

Date: 31st August, 1 to 5pm (7pm if you wish to stay for the debate)

Find out more about Billboard Indive-Vision here.


100 Journals – Journal reviewers

Metal are asking over 100 people to keep a journal over a 4 month period with a view to unearthing the hidden voices of people across the city. The deadline for submitting their journals is 15th October. The journals will then form part of an exhibition at City Gallery from December to Feb 2015. We will be looking for 4 – 5 volunteer Journal reviewers to help review the journals to identify any content that we may need to sensor for specific audiences. Dates: week commencing 20th – 26th October.

Find out more about 100 Journals here.



In December we will be bringing both 100 Journals and Billboard Indie-Vision together in one exhibition at City Gallery Peterborough. The exhibition will run until February 2015.  We will be looking for the following volunteer roles linked to the exhibition:

Assistant Exhibition technician: These volunteers would be assisting with the installation of the Journal and Billboard Indie-vision exhibition at City Gallery. The installation period spans 2nd – 11th December although there may be some preparatory work available in the weeks leading up to this. We wioll also be de-installing the exhibition on 23rd / 24th Feb 2015. Volunteers will need to be interested in exhibitions, be practical, hands-on people with good manual dexterity, able to lift larger objects, paint walls, have strong attention to detail and be effective problem solvers. Volunteers would not be required for the duration of the install period but would be required during the day and ideally for lonbger period of time (at least one day at a time).

Exhibition tour guide and event assistant: as part of the exhibition we will be running a number of tours of the exhibition to school groups and running debates and workshops in the gallery space. We will be seeking volunteers to support these events and lead tours with groups. Simple training will be offered. Dates are to be confirmed but will involve daytime and also evenings in January and February 2015.

Volunteering Opportunities – Peterborough