The Tetley



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

DEADLINE: Monday 9 January 2017, 5pm

We are looking to recruit a team of volunteer performers to participate in a series of performance works by celebrated Spanish artist Dora García as part of her exhibition These Books Were Alive; They Spoke to Me! at The Tetley 2 February – 23 April 2017.

These Books Were Alive; They Spoke to Me! is García’s first institutional solo show in the UK. Providing a retrospective look at her career and an opportunity to stage new iterations of performance works based on texts written by the artist, collaborators and iconic literary works such as James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake.

‘These books were alive; they spoke to me,’ is a quote from François Truffaut’s 1966 dystopic cult film Fahrenheit 451 (based on Ray Bradbury’s novel of the same name). This literary reference opens up a framework for the exhibition and expanded programme, which features books about performance, and performances about books.

Dora García is a contemporary artist based in Barcelona. She represented Spain at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. She has recently exhibited at 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 looking for team of volunteer performers to be part of a 10-week programme of live performances as part of Dora García’s exhibition These Books Were Alive; They Spoke to Me! (2 February – 23 April 2017). Volunteers will receive training in workshops between Thursday 26 January – Wednesday 1 February 2017 with Dora García and her collaborator Michelangelo Miccolis.

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 in a gallery context.

As a volunteer you will be required to perform at the exhibition preview on Thursday 2 February 6-8pm, and then at scheduled times throughout the exhibition. We ask that volunteers are able to give a minimum of 3 hours per week to take part in performances throughout the exhibition run.

What will you get?
This role is voluntary, but you’ll the following benefits are available for volunteers:

– Professional training with Dora García and performance artist Michelangelo Miccolis
– The opportunity to gain professional experience in public performance in a gallery setting and contribute to a high profile exhibition
– Exclusive and tailored mentoring sessions with The Tetley’s team over the course of the exhibition run (e.g. portfolio review with The Tetley’s Curator, practical sessions on fundraising, marketing and exhibition making from The Tetley team)
– Half-day and full-day per diem of £5 and £10 to cover expenses
– Credits on The Tetley’s website and in the exhibition materials
– One year’s complementary membership to The Tetley (after 30 hours of volunteering)

How to apply
Briefly tell us why you’d like to take up this opportunity, include your CV and contacts of two referees and let us know your availability between 25 January and 1 February 2017 to take part in training workshops.

Applications are through the curatorspace portal. Please CLICK HERE to apply

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