Intern Required for Speaking Volumes Storytelling and Oral History Project


Speaking Volumes is a storytelling project, run in association with Pink Fringe, for people living with HIV in Brighton. So far the project has involved recruiting HIV positive people who wish to share their stories and running creative workshops with them around issues of self-image and personal journeys. We are now in the process of recording and editing the stories of the participants, and are working with a local artist who is sketching portraits and representations of the subjects.

The project will culminate in a story-installation, where the recorded and edited interviews with the participants will be put onto mp3 players which will placed into hollowed-out books. Each participant has their own book, with a personalised dust jacket featuring a sketch of them. Their recording will be put inside the book, and the books will be displayed on a specially designed shelf, which will be set up in Brighton’s Jubilee library for two months, before moving to other public venues.
The idea of the project is to give HIV positive people a voice, whilst allowing them to remain anonymous should they wish. It also gives the public an opportunity to listen to the real experiences of people living with HIV and educate them about the realities of the condition.
Job Description:
The role for an intern with the Speaking Volumes project is very varied and can provide experience in many different areas such as:
–       Fundraising for the project
–       Sound editing of the recordings
–       Transcription of the interviews
–       Design of invitations, flyers, posters
–       Website management and editing
–       Creation of the hollowed out books
–       Press and marketing about the project to local and national media
–       Assistance with the project launch before and on April 7th
*There may also be future opportunities to assist with educational workshops in schools and community groups.
Person Specification:
The role would suit someone with around 1 day per week to give to the project, starting as soon as possible, up until April 2014. Which day it is can be flexible, and the hours can be spread out over the week, with some work being done from home. The role is a great way to get experience in the design and management of a creative arts and education project, as well as gain experience in fundraising, website management, print and design, press and marketing and sound editing.
Desirable skills (you do not need to demonstrate all of these skills):
–       Computer literate (and own computer)
–       Experience in fundraising
–       Experience in events organising
–       Experience in press and marketing
–       Knowledge of Photoshop
–       Flexible and willing
–       Ability to keep confidentiality
–       Interest in community and/or arts projects
–       Happy to work in Brighton
This is a voluntary role, and sadly we cannot offer any payment for the position. However, travel expenses will be covered where necessary.
If you would be interested in assisting with this diverse and interesting project please email Alice Booth ( with a CV and brief cover letter stating why you are interested in the role and what skills you have. If you have any questions or would like to ring for a chat please call 07733 028434.
Closing date 3rd February 2014


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