Digital Arts & Creative Technology

Volunteers wanted to support Macclesfield Event


Cheshire East Council is hosting a symposium called Convergence, which is a conference style event to celebrate the first years of its Arts Council funded digital arts programme called SHIFT.

This programme has been delivered in partnership with a local network called the Weave that is made up of representatives from creative, digital and technology sector companies and businesses.

Cheshire East has a high number of creative, digital and technology companies which are not as visible or recognised as widely as those in cities such as Manchester and Liverpool. From global advertising company McCann’s based in Prestbury, to giants like Siemens in Congleton and Barclays in Knutsford, to local companies such as TT Games in both Wilmslow and Knutsford that create the Lego computers games and are owned by Warner Bros, there’s a lot going on in Cheshire East.

These businesses struggle to recruit from the local area, or loose trained staff to competitors in bigger cities. Therefore the Council has put together a programme of SHIFT to develop skills and interest at an early age, to develop audiences for digital art and to raise the profile of Creative, Digital and Technology across the borough.

The Weave network has delivered professional development events alongside this throughout the year and in partnership, SHIFT and Weave are co-presenting the symposium event called Convergence.


About Convergence: a symposium by SHIFT and WEAVE

This symposium is a conference style event that explores the convergence or cross-over between the arts and the digital, between creativity and technology, where corporate business giants and creative industries meet.

The event will include demonstrations of digital art, speakers from arts and business, and opportunities to network:

>> Artists + organisations operating between disciplines to create new works

of art // New relationships + partnerships // Pushing boundaries + reaching new

audiences // Connecting people through digital technologies.

>> Creative + Digital Industries // Supporting growth of the sector // Fostering creative talent // The creative/digital crossover.


Date:            Tuesday 13th February 2018

Time:           Doors open 12pm. Symposium 1pm – 5.30pm, dinner 5.30pm – 6.30pm                   followed by an evening talk.

Location:     Macclesfield Town Hall, Macclesfield


Volunteer Brief

We are looking for volunteers to help us run this one day event.

The following volunteer roles available:

  • Set up assistant: Support exhibitors in setting up their equipment, helping carry items from cars and into the Town Hall, acting as a general runner and extra pair of hands.
  • Welcome desk: Register attendees, welcome them and give them information about the event (signposting, timings, locations etc.)
  • Event support: Act as microphone runners for audience questions, welcoming audience into the room, general guidance of audience.
  • Maker lab and exhibition support: Covering breaks for the artists and keeping an eye on art pieces, supporting VR activities (training provided).

These volunteer roles will suit people with a mix of one or more of the below skills and interest:

  • enjoy meeting and chatting to people
  • have experience or would like experience in Events Management
  • have an interest in the creative and digital industries, digital art and maker culture
  • want to gain experience in delivering large-scale live events

There are two shifts available:

10:00am – 2:00pm  /  1.30pm – 5:30pm

Or you can stay with us all day.

Volunteers are asked to wear black or dark clothing to be identifiable. We are hoping to have t-shirts available.


What you will gain:

We recognise people have different motivations for volunteering. Some people want to gain skills and experience; others are interested in learning new things or want to support their community. Whatever your motivation is, let us know and if we can support a specific ask we will endeavour to do this.

  • The people attending the event include influential representatives from high profile arts organisations and you will have the opportunity to hear these talks and see the artwork / liaise with artists and meet people from across the sector
  • A Light lunch is provided for the early shift / Hot food will be provided at 5:30pm
  • Travel Expenses will be reimbursed



Mike Stubbs, FACT Liverpool

Anil Thomas, Siemens

Erinma Ochu, Squirrel Nation

Catherine Allen, Limina Immersive

Gemma Latham, Digital Artist

Helen Woollacott, Skills & Growth Company

Ruth McCullough, Abandon Normal Devices

Sarah Bird, Wild Rumpus

Hilary Stephenson, Sigma

Bill Carr, Carpe Diem

Ben McManus, Wavemaker Stoke

Martyn Evans, Manchester Metropolitan University

Claire Tymon, Placeshakers


Artists presenting work:

Laurence Payot – visual & digital artist

Scanner – sound artist & composer

Adam Sadiq – Learning Technologist

Tim Brunsden – Re-Dock artist collective

Dr Jessica Symons –



How to apply:

Email with your availability and the role that interests you, if you have a preference. Please advise of any dietary requirements and size for a t-shirt (Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large), your address and travel costs so that this can be reimbursed.