The Tetley

Jobs & Opportunities


Gain experience of public performance and work alongside one of today’s most exciting contemporary artists.

DEADLINE: 10am Friday 11 November 2016

We are looking to recruit a team volunteer performers to participate in a series of performance works by celebrated Spanish artist Dora Garcia as part of her exhibition These books were alive; they spoke to me! at The Tetley, 27 January – 23 April 2017.

This ambitious project marks the first time that The Tetley has staged an exhibition of live performance on this scale. Encompassing six performances, some of which have never been performed in English before, this project expands Garcia’s ongoing interest in using exhibition spaces as platforms to investigate the relationship between the visitor, the artwork and place; questioning what is real and what is fiction. Works offer explorations of what ‘performance’ is; action, situation, live act, scripted reality, narrated experience, interpretation and appropriation of characters and role-play.

Dora Garcia is a contemporary artist based in Barcelona. She represented Spain at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. Recent solo exhibitions include The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; Michel Rein, Brussels, Belgium and Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland. She also exhibited in the 56th Venice Biennale and (d)OCUMENTA 13 and has works in several international collections including MACBA, Barcelona; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid and San Francisco MoMA, USA.

What is the opportunity?
We are currently looking for ten volunteer performers to take part in a four-day training workshop between Tuesday 22 – Friday 25 November 2016 with Dora Garcia’s collaborator Michelangelo Miccolis. Over the course of this focussed workshop a new version of site-specific performance work Artificial Respiration will be developed especially for These books are alive; they spoke to me!

Wednesday 23 November 1pm to 5pm
Briefing at The Tetley and offsite location research.
Each participant will be asked to choose a different city centre location which is significant to them e.g. a park, a bar, a workplace, a cultural venue, a shop, public transport.

Thursday 24 November
In situ voice recording – each participant will be asked go to their chosen location with a voice recording device and describe everything they see throughout for up to an hour in each location.

Friday 25 Novembe
Writing up day – each participants will be asked to transcribe their hour-long recoding from the day before – can be done at The Tetley or at home.

Saturday 26 November 10am to 4pm
Final day –working collectively, participants will edit their transcribe texts to create short scripts for the final performance work at The Tetley

Exhibition 27 January to 23 April 2017
As a volunteer you will be required to perform at the exhibition preview in January and on some Saturday afternoons throughout the exhibition.

Who are we looking for?
Ideal candidates include drama, performance and contemporary art students and members of amateur acting groups wishing to gain more experience in public performance.

What will you get?
This role is voluntary, but you’ll receive professional training, have the chance to contribute to an artwork included in the exhibition and give public performances in a gallery.
Local travel expenses will be covered and refreshments provided. All performers will be credited on The Tetley’s website and in the exhibition materials. Performers will also receive one year’s complementary membership to The Tetley.

How to apply
Just tell us why you’d like to take up this opportunity and include your CV. Applications are through the Curatorspace portal. Please click here to apply.

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