Apply to be a Block Universe paid trainee

Do you want to develop event production, audience engagement and curatorial skills? We're offering the chance for Student Art Pass members to get experience with London’s leading international performance art festival.

About Block Universe

In its most diverse programme to date, London’s leading international performance art festival, Block Universe, returns this May for its fifth annual installment of performances, talks, workshops and artist-led discussions. The festival takes place across the city in collaboration with museums, theatres, artist-run spaces and unique venues to bring the dynamic medium of performance art to ever expanding audiences.

2019’s festival theme explores the concept of internal and external ‘world-making’ by looking at the diverse environments we create for ourselves to exist within, whether those be mental, physical or virtual spaces. Touching upon the ecological, geographic, political and spiritual, this year’s edition takes a holistic approach towards our understanding of the human experience.

How you can get involved

We’ve partnered with Block Universe to fund paid trainee opportunities for Student Art Pass members. Apply and, if selected, you’ll gain insight into the festival's structure behind-the-scenes and gather hands-on experience in various fields such as: day-to-day operations, artist liaison, event production, logistics and audience engagement. You’ll work closely with the Head of Production and festival team as well the artists and curators, building personal and professional connections as you contribute to bringing the work of a diverse range of artists and performers to new audiences.

Duties will include:

  • Assist the team with the day-to-day operations
  • Venues research / booking
  • Contact suppliers
  • Website updates
  • Booking travel and accommodation
  • Assist national and international artists during their stay in London
  • Assisting artists during rehearsals and performances
  • Collaborate with the artists in the development / construction of scenic designs / props
  • Assist in the smooth running and operations of the different performances on various locations
  • Assist the Production Manager with the technical set up of performances
  • Manage ticket service at the doors, respond to public enquiries and help out during festival events with sale of drinks and merchandise
  • Gathering audience demographics and feedback

How to apply

We’re looking for paid trainees across the following dates:

Lead up to the festival
Two paid trainees from 7-15 May, 11am - 6pm (with one hour lunch break)
Five paid trainees in rotating shifts from 16-17 May
Please note: this might include evenings and weekends

During the festival
Five paid trainees in rotating shifts from 18 May to 2 June
Please note: this might include evenings and weekends

Post-production following the festival
Two paid trainees from 3 to 7 June, 11am-6pm (with one-hour lunch break)

Good to know
Deadline to apply: 28 April
Interviews will take place: 29 April to 3 May
Your training will take place on: 6 May


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