Volunteer: Artist Care

Looking for a unique festival volunteer experience? Join the 2017 Melbourne Writers Festival’s Artist Care team and rub shoulders with literary talent from around the world! Your calm and professional disposition, polished presentation, and exceptional eye for detail will be paramount in giving our guest artists a smooth, comfortable and enjoyable Festival experience, as well as providing invaluable assistance to the MWF staff and playing a vital role in the delivery of the festival.

We’re looking for:

  • Artist Transport Drivers, who assist with transporting our artists to and from their events/hotels/flight arrivals. In particular, we are looking for applicants who will be able to take on driving responsibilities, possessing maturity, attention to detail and adequate driving experience. You must be over 25 years of age to apply for this role.
  • Green Room Attendants, who assist with keeping guests comfortable and cared for during the Festival. You’ll need to be confident, and keen, in working with artists, and committed to ensuring their needs are met before and after their MWF events.
  • Artist Care Assistants, who help direct artists to and from their MWF panels and events, ensuring that things run smoothly, and efficiently on the ground during the Festival. You may also accompany drivers, being the main point of contact for guests at the Airport.

In return you will receive some fantastic additional benefits! As well as your Festival pass (which provides access to Fed Square events) and your MWF17 t-shirt, you’ll also receive a double pass to a highlights event of your choice and a festival bundle giving you tickets to an additional six standard events (which you can use for families and friends, too), along with some other special treats.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions about the Artist Care team positions. We’d love to hear from you! Please contact Louisa Minutillo at foh@mwf.com.au.

Applications close midnight Sunday 23 July.

Artist Care Volunteer Application Form

  • Personal Details

  • Skills, Experience & Interests

  • You must have a current Full Australian Driver’s License to be an Artist Transport Driver.
  • You must be 25 years old or over to be an Artist Transport Driver.
    You must select at least one role within the Artist care team. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to take on driving responsibilities. Please see above for position descriptions.
  • Max. 200 words
  • Max. 200 words
  • Max. 200 words
  • Volunteer Training

    There will be an essential briefing and induction session on Wednesday 9 August at (6pm – 8pm), which all MWF staff and volunteers will need to attend.
    This session will include separate team briefings, during which Artist Care volunteers will get the chance to meet with a member of the Artist Liaison team and discuss the specifics of this program.
  • Availability:

    Please select all available dates and/or times between 23 August and 5 September.
  • Artist Care Team Interviews

    Interviews will be held during the week ending on Friday 28 July, in the MWF office at The Wheeler Centre. We will be in touch to confirm the time and date if your application is successful.



25 August – 3 September