Volunteering Opportunity

4 November 2014


Crossing the Teas Volunteer Opportunity
 

 

Background on the project:

 
Crossing the Teas is run by ART:sync, funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund and is in partnership with the University of Brighton; Centre for Memories, Narrative and History at the University of Brighton; BMECP; BandBazi; Brighton Dome; CUPP; Euro-Mernet; Active Student and Brighton & Hove Museums.
 
It is an Oral History and Photographic Exhibition exploring different cultural practices around the shared custom of drinking Tea.
 
This project is a chance for up to 9 community groups from diverse cultural backgrounds to share and learn about the histories, traditions and stories of their own and other cultures’ tea drinking customs, in partnership with a Volunteer Memory Collector and Heritage Facilitator.
 
Each week for up to 9 weeks from April to early June 2015, a different community group will host their own tea party sharing their tea, foods and stories with a wider audience.
 
The oral histories captured will be edited to be part of a physical exhibition to be displayed in Jubilee Library from 22nd June to 21st July 2015. They will be incorporated into an online educational resource about Tea and Identity to be launched in September 2015, and archived at The Keep MOA (to be confirmed).
 
Volunteers will support their Community Group’s participation in a large scale multicultural Tea Party to be held in central Brighton onSunday 21st June 2015. They will also be asked to participate in a seminar about the project to be hosted by the Centre for Research into Memories, Narrative and Histories at the University of Brighton at the end of June 2015.
 
There are currently two different volunteering opportunities for Crossing the Teas:
 
-              Memory Collector and Community Heritage Facilitators (up to 9)
-              Photographic Assistants (2)
 
Memory Collector and Community Heritage Facilitators
Volunteers will be required to attend a maximum of 2 days training in November and December 2014 prior to the start of their placement.
 
Volunteer Memory Collectors will be required for a maximum of 0.5 days (4 hours) per week from 5 January – or thereabouts - to 30 June 2015. Some weeks the volunteer may not be required and will be given notice in advance of this. Each Volunteer Memory Collector will work alongside 1 of up to 9 Community Groups from diverse cultural backgrounds based in Brighton & Hove.  They will:
 
a) Interview up to two members of the group about their culture’s tea drinking memories; stories and history, and edit the interviews to be part of a physical and online exhibition about Tea and Identity ‘Crossing the Teas’. January to March 2015
b) Support members of the Community group – some of whom may be elderly or have English as a second language or require an interpreter - to research their own culture’s tea drinking heritage, customs and stories – January to March 2015
c) Support their allocated community group to host a tea party and a brief presentation of their tea drinking heritage - April to June 2015
d) Support their allocated community group to serve tea at a multicultural tea party – 21st June 2015
e) Attend a seminar on the project at University of Brighton to discuss the project and their involvement.
 
Most of the volunteering activity will take place at locations in central Brighton. Volunteers must have good communication skills and be able to commit until end of June 2015.
Please could volunteers submit a CV including a brief paragraph about what interests them in the role to liza@artsync.co.uk.  If successful, they will be invited for an informal interview at our Ship Street office.
 
Photographic Assistant
Two Photographic Assistants will work alongside professional photographer, David Churchill, to document the project.  This will involve portraits of Community Group members and photography at key events during the project life. Volunteer Photographic Assistants will be required for a maximum of 0.5 days (4 hours) per week from 2 February – or thereabouts - to 30 June 2015. Some weeks the volunteer may not be required and will be given notice in advance. They will need good communication skills and be able to commit until end of June 2015 or until end of July 2015 if interested in collating work for the online educational resource.
 
Timetable:
February to March: Portrait photography at Community Group workshops
Collation of portrait photography for a physical exhibition. - OPTIONAL
April to May: Event photography at 8 x Community Tea Parties
Sunday 21st June: - Event photography at a Multicultural Tea Party.
End of June: Event photography at the University of Brighton Seminar
July: Collation of photography for archiving and inclusion in an online Educational resource - OPTIONAL
 
Please could volunteers submit a CV including a brief paragraph about what interests them in the role to liza@artsync.co.uk.  If successful, they will be invited for an informal interview at our Ship Street office.