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Call for Volunteers – Change of Art at DARE Festival 2018

Change of Art are seeking volunteers to take part in a weekend of door-knocking to create a new piece of art on the theme of difficult conversations for DARE Festival 2018.

Change of Art is a community arts project that was founded in 2017 by 6 artists/producers and has so far been run solely by volunteers. Our inaugural 2017 Change of Art Festival was presented in partnership with Amnesty International and Hope Not Hate to a sold-out audience of 250 at the Human Rights Action Centre, Shoreditch. It aimed to bring people of different backgrounds and faiths together for a day of celebration of a common theme. It was a variety show performed by a diverse range of 40 professional and non- professional artists and was compered by Sindhu Vee (British New Comedy Award 2016 finalist) and featured a headline act by Bridget Christie. You can find out more about Change of Art on our website here.

You can view our 2017 festival video here:

Change of Art has been commissioned by DARE Festival to create a new piece of community-based art that will be presented at the festival at the end of October at Shoreditch Town Hall.

We want to create a new piece of art which will look at power, the community and changemaking and will investigate the power of the individual to create change through conversation. It will look specifically at micro changes through personal stories from the local community immediately surrounding Shoreditch Town Hall.

Our partner charity, Hope Not Hate, will train our volunteers in door- knocking, the method we will use to gather stories and engage the local community in the work. Over the course of 2 days, we will knock on doors of local residents, cafes, shops and community groups to hear about the times local people have had difficult conversations across a political divide.

You will always be door-knocking with at least one other person.

The stories we gather will become part of a verbatim installation using video, audio, printed text and artwork that will share these stories and will be resident at DARE Festival from Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th October 2018.

What is door-knocking?

Door-knocking is a long-used technique by charities, political campaign groups and NGOs. Hope Not Hate will provide specialist training to all volunteers who will then focus on embedding themselves in the local area, knocking on houses, cafes, businesses, community groups and spending time in public spaces chatting to local people.

Why Volunteer?

* Opportunities to meet new people including a brilliant group of artists/producers;
* You’ll receive a full day of specialist training in the door-knocking from Hope Not Hate;
* Lunch and soft drinks provided during your shift;
* Travel expenses paid.

Time Commitment

Door-knocking will take place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October from 10am to 5pm (exact times and schedule will be confirmed nearer the time). We’ll prioritise applicants who can attend both sessions, but this is not a requirement. The training day with Hope Not Hate will take place on Saturday 13th.


To express interest or to find out more, please email telling us a bit about yourself and why you’d like to volunteer with Change of Art and DARE Festival 2018. Please specify your availability for October 13th and 14th in your application.


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