Sonica 2017

Volunteer Opportunities: 22nd October – 5th November 2017

Volunteers play an instrumental role in the success of Sonica. This year we are looking to engage reliable and enthusiastic volunteers who are keen to work alongside the Cryptic team to help us deliver our biggest festival yet.

Sonica is a year-round programme of events dedicated to world-class visual sonic arts, punctuated by a biennial autumn festival in Glasgow. Produced by Cryptic, Sonica presents emerging British talent alongside exceptional international artists in collaboration with renowned co-producers and venues.

It is important to us that all our volunteers gain skills and experiences that will be useful to them in the future, get to know Cryptic and the artists we work with and have an enjoyable and memorable experience. We encourage people from all different backgrounds and with a variety of previous experiences to apply. However, there are some qualities we would like all volunteers to have:

– Enthusiastic, reliable and flexible;
– Outgoing with good communication skills and initiative;
– An interest in contemporary culture;
– Able to commit to the event for the allocated time;
– At least 18 years of age.


Who are we looking for?

Invigilators (Number of roles: 8)

Volunteer invigilators are needed for occasional shifts at previews, special events, exhibitions and visual art installations during Sonica. This may include invigilating the gallery spaces, working on the front desk and attending events during the day, evenings or weekends. The role also involves informing and engaging visitors and so an interest or knowledge of contemporary art is desirable.

Front of House (Number of roles: 14)

This team assists with front of house duties at performances and events. This is a customer facing role and will provide volunteers with experience in box office and audience evaluation. We are looking for enthusiastic people with good communication skills to welcome and engage audiences.

Delegate Registration & Customer Information Teams (Number of roles: 4)

Volunteers will be involved in the onsite registration of delegates and assisting the Cryptic team in the handling of customer information enquiries. This will require greeting delegates, checking names against online registrations, and the printing and distribution of delegate passes and information packs. These teams will be split across two Sonica venues, the CCA and Tramway, and will be the first point of contact for audiences. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required.

Artist Liaison (Number of roles: 4)

Volunteers in this team will be involved in the onsite registration of performing artists. This will involve greeting artists, printing and distribution of artist packs and any other relevant materials. Volunteers will be based in a variety of venues in the run up to and during the festival to assist with these tasks. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required.

Artist Assistants (Number of roles: 3)

For Sonica 2017 we require three Artist Assistants to work closely with Sonica visual artists on the preparation and delivery of their work.

The Megaphone Project by Australian artists Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey will require two volunteers to assist with set-up and delivery. This role will involve engaging members of the public to interact with this playful, outdoor installation. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about public installation through hands on experience. You must enjoy interacting with the public including children and be proactive, approachable and have a great sense of fun. Volunteers would be needed on the following dates: 26th – 29th Oct and 3rd – 5thNov.

Sonica Artist in Residence Nelo Akamatsu is presenting two works at Sonica Chijikinkutsu and Chozumaki. This role provides one volunteer with an invaluable opportunity to work alongside an award-winning visual artist and assist with install tasks. Must be a visual artist or arts student with hands on exhibition experience.

Venue Tech Assistants (Number of roles: 2)

Volunteers for our Festival Technical Crew must have some technical knowledge of how a live performance works or experience in multi-media events. Volunteers will be assigned a role depending on their interests and experience. Shifts are dictated by performance schedules and load in/out timings. This role offers volunteers general technical experience across the Sonica programme.

Talks & Tours Team (Number of roles: 5)

Volunteers in our talks & tours team will be assisting with set-up and front of house at these events. This will involve working closely with a team from Visual Artist Unit (VAU) who will be coordinating logistics. Volunteers will help with setting up the rooms for events as well as welcoming audiences, checking tickets and enjoying the talks and curated tours!

Documentation (Number of roles: 5)

This team will be recording video and audio for all talks in our public engagement programme and is a role best suited to budding photographers and videographers looking to gain experience in documenting live events. We can supply limited equipment but if you are happy to provide your own please let us know. Volunteers will be fully credited for all audio and video material generated.


In the run up to and during Sonica, volunteers will be fully supported by the Cryptic team, have a dedicated point of contact and given clear guidance on their role. A presentation detailing all Sonica installations and performances will be given to every volunteer to equip you with sufficient knowledge on the festival before your role starts.

These roles are voluntary, but the following benefits are available for volunteers:

– We will be flexible about your working arrangements in the understanding that you are providing your time for free and may have other work or study commitments;
– We will work with you to offer a challenging, useful experience that helps develop skills you are seeking;
– We will provide half-day and full-day per diems of £5 and £10 to cover expenses;
– We will provide tickets to attend Sonica performances and events for free. This is to be agreed in advance and is dependent on availability;
– We will provide access and disability training;
– We can give you a glowing reference if your work is of a high quality and you are reliable;
– You will join a collective of talented, exciting people with which to make friends and contacts.


If you are interested, please send us:

A 250-word statement stating what role you are interested in, why you would like to be involved in Sonica, what you are hoping to gain, and what specific skills and qualities you feel you can bring;
An up to date CV;
Your availability between 16th October and 5th November 2017. Please note volunteers are required to be available for at least 4 shifts between 22nd October and 5th November. Training will take place from the week beginning 16th October;
A completed equal opportunities monitoring form which can be downloaded below.

The closing date for applications is 09:00 on Wednesday 4th October 2017 and short interviews will be held on Monday 9th October at CCA, Glasgow for selected applicants.

Applications should be emailed to: Rachel Hendry at Cryptic is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all people. Please let us know if you need any special assistance with your application or to fulfil your role.

If you require further information please contact:  Rachel Hendry at or call +44(0) 141 354 0544


Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form 2017