We have completed the recruitment #WOLOMFK 2022
Why is it worth it?
- you can develop your skills in many different areas – from technical and manual work during the assembly of exhibitions, through the development of artistic passions and photographic skills, to organizational experience related to the teamwork
- we offer participation in specialized sections like social media or photojournalism
- you will become an ambassador and co-organizer of one of the most important photography events in Europe
- you will gain friendships for years – the #wolomfk team is a group of young people who support and constantly inspire each other
- you will be able to cooperate with us at various stages of the festival such as producing exhibitions, supporting accompanying events, distributing promotional materials or supporting the Festival Center – you will see how large events such as an international festival are organized
- you will meet many photography enthusiasts, as well as world-famous artists working in a wide field of visual arts
See how volunteering looks in practice – check out our Instagram!
CHECK IN WHAT AREAS YOU CAN DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS
Volunteers supervise exhibitions at the appointed hours and places throughout the festival, as well as provide visitors with information about a given artist and their work. Volunteers in this section also help to ensure that the festival events such as workshops, openings and meetings proceed in a smooth way. If you are an art lover, would like to spend some peaceful time in the gallery or you wish to improve your communication skills – this field can be perfect for anyone!
Volunteers are responsible for distributing the festival’s promo materials – posters, booklets, programs and postcards. If you don’t like staying in one place, know the city inside out or wish to know it a bit better sign up here! Distribution is a collective effort taking place before and during the festival.
Volunteers help set up exhibitions in May – around two weeks before the festival opening. If you are not afraid of physical effort and enjoy resolving various technical and manual issues, join this field! Patience and fine motor and manual skills are essential for the job. At times, you will also be needed to prepare the space for the installation team, which will require a good understanding not only of people but of things too. The work will continue throughout the festival and approximately a week after when the exhibitions are being uninstalled which would be at the end of June.
This area was initially dedicated to documenting volunteers’ work as well as the festival itself. We are looking for photographers and videographers willing to experiment visually and share the results of their work with us and the public as well as creating visual content in form of photo coverage and video materials. If you are interested in social media areas our #wolomfk Instagram is a place just for you. During the festival our volunteers run our Instagram, they also contribute materials to the official festival social media channels. We are looking for creative and determined people with a sense of aesthetics who want to work with specialists and, in cooperation with them, improve their workshop. You can also support the festival editorial staff, by translating, writing articles for a website or sending newsletters. You can train your reporting skills by writing notes or conducting interviews for our blog.
Final form of this department will depend on the epidemiological situation and duties will be adjusted to the prevailing conditions. It will then be important to involve a small group of volunteers to accompany the festival guests and artists, most likely during the events (panels, meetings, tours) during the opening weekend. This field is intended for punctual, agile and communicative people who would like to take advantage of the opportunity to get to know and have interesting conversations with curators, artists and journalists.
Final form of this department will depend on the epidemiological situation and duties will be adjusted to the prevailing conditions. Volunteers working in this area will then be responsible for issuing welcome packs for guests, providing information related to the festival and all events, and for the possible sale of festival publications and merch. It is an area for organized, independent and communicative people who fluently communicate in English. Most of the work will probably take place during the opening weekend, among a small selected team, which will require a sense of responsibility for the current affairs of the festival.
Final form of this department will depend on the epidemiological situation and duties will be adjusted to the prevailing conditions. Krakow Photo Fringe takes place parallel to the Photomonth and it is an initiative bringing together exhibitions of independent artists. Volunteers have a chance to learn about creating such an undertaking from scratch, working directly under the supervision of the Fringe team. The tasks will include assistance in the organization of events, support in social media, and above all, photographic documentation and creation of photo coverage during openings taking place throughout Krakow, combined with the distribution of KPF promotional materials.
We know how such collective work can be a huge opportunity for volunteers themselves, but also for us – the organizers. It is thanks to you that we learn and grow every year – each time different and new. None of the previous editions of the festival would have succeeded without the support and commitment of #wolomfk, who are an integral part of Krakow Photomonth and have a direct and real impact on the formula of our event. Volunteers are the ones who create the atmosphere and build not only an artistically engaged community, but also a fully inclusive and friendly safe space of #wolomfk.
For many years we have been continuing our mission of changing volunteering for the better. Our ambition is to deliver it to the highest possible standards of collaboration in which we do succeed, which has been proven by the Volunteer Friendly Organization certificate awarded to the Foundation for Visual Arts in 2015. For us, the certificate is both a reward for our efforts and a guide for our future activity. For more information about the certification go to: dobrywolontariat.pl/idea.
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What is the timeframe for #wolomfk?
We predict that at the beginning of April we will be able to start working in specific areas so that everything is ready for the opening of exhibitions in May. At the beginning of April, the first group meetings will take place (we take into account the possibility of online meetings), and in mid-May the assembly of the exhibitions will begin. When the festival starts at the end of May, for almost five weeks there will be A LOT going on! Volunteering ends with the festival's finale – disassembly of exhibitions and a closing party at the end of June. Please read through the descriptions of individual areas above to check the preliminary scope of tasks and responsibilities along with approximate working time.
Will the volunteering take place despite the epidemiological situation?
We constantly monitor news regarding the epidemiological situation in Poland and act in accordance with governmental recommendations. Given experience in recent years, we do not give up organizing volunteering – last years proved that we are able to organize it in a safe manner, in accordance with all governmental guidelines, adhering to the prevailing restrictions and providing volunteers with safe conditions for work, activity and development as part of #wolomfk.
What will the individual recruitment meetings look like?
The form of the last stage of recruitment, i.e. individual recruitment meetings, will hang on the applicable restrictions and the current epidemiological situation. Depending on the individual predispositions of the candidates, the recruitment meeting will be online or will be conducted under standard conditions - live, at the festival's headquarters.
Can I obtain a volunteering certificate and references?
Yes, each volunteer shall receive a volunteering certificate after the festival ends. Volunteers who wish to receive further feedback and who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their work may also receive references based on an evaluation of the whole team they have worked with.
Can I volunteer if I’m under 18?
Yes, you can volunteer if you’re over 16 years old but you must provide written consent from your parent or legal guardian.
Can I complete my student internship as part of volunteering?
Yes, you can do your internship as part of volunteering during the festival. The number of internship hours will be taken into account when planning the schedule. If you are planning your internship during the festival, you should indicate this in the application form as well as during the individual interview.
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