Artist and Volunteer Opportunities

If The Trees Could Talk Commission

If The Trees Could Talk is an exciting, new storytelling and performance project with the LGBT+ community in South Derbyshire and beyond that creates a series of original ‘fairy tales’ exploring their relationship with the trees, the wood and nature.

We are open to your ideas and interpretations about the theme. This project is in partnership with Derbyshire LGBT+ and we strongly welcome and encourage applicants from the LGBT+ community and diverse backgrounds to apply.

People Express is looking to commission an innovative artist, story-teller or company to gather stories from up to 6-8 consultation workshops, from the local LGBT+ community of all ages. You will need to work with the partners to co-ordinate sessions. The artist will then create a performance of new and unique fairy tales based on and inspired by the stories, to be shown at Timber Festival 2019 (Winner of Best New Festival 2018 at the UK Festival Awards) and other local events.

We are looking for a friendly, high quality artist(s) with participatory experience with excellent performance skills. Previous experience of working with the LGBT+ community would be desirable. You will need an enhanced DBS certificate and public liability insurance.

Delivery of the commission is May- July 2019. You will need to be available during Timber festival (5-7 July) and the performance will take place on Saturday 6th July. Session times are negotiable but need to work for the participants involved.

Our budget is £3500 to include session delivery, VAT, travel, equipment and materials.

If you think you could create an inspiring performance, please send us your CV, images of past work/ projects and a short proposal about your possible idea and related experience to

For more information, please contact us on 01283 552962.

Deadline for application: Monday 20th May 2019.

Interviews: Wednesday 22nd/ Thursday 23rd May 2019

For more about People Express, please click here.


Festival of Leisure
Festival of Leisure 2019 will be held on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June at Maurice Lea Memorial Park, Church Gresley. People Express will be offering lots of fun, free creative activities and we are seeking volunteers to support us over the weekend- no experience necessary, just a willingness to help out! We can promise lots of fun (even if we can't promise the sunshine!)

If you would be interested in getting involved get in touch with Kalila on 07739 088066 or email


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