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Volunteering opportunities with the Institute of Art and Ideas

The IaI relies on its volunteers - as festival stewards, workshop co-ordinators, and year round contributors.

Event Volunteers

Festival stewards are a core part of the team, and help to shape the renowned atmosphere of our events in Hay-on-Wye.

Help organise the festival, contribute your creativity, steward the talks - there are plenty of ways to be involved. Contact us to find out more.

Film Volunteers

We are looking for enthusiastic cameramen, director/cameramen, and editors to help film the debates and talks at our festivals.

This is a unique opportunity to enhance your experience in film-making and editing by being part of a team that produce hundreds of hours of high quality programmes for iai.tv. Contact us for more information.

To apply, fill out the application form below and return, with your CV, to Liina Pihel (liina.pihel@artandideas.org) with the subject line 'IaI Volunteer'.

Volunteer application form


One of our key objectives is to promote the exchange of innovative ideas across the country. The role of Ambassadors from leading institutions is to assist in the expansion of our global iai community.

Responsibilities of Ambassadors

  • Attendance to an Ambassador induction day in London
  • Promoting our events on campus by distributing publicity material
  • Contributing to our online marketing activities

Benefits to Ambassadors

  • Insider festival passes to HowTheLightGetsIn and Crunch
  • Commission on festival tickets sold
  • Invitation to Insiders’ events at our festival
  • Recognition on the IaI Ambassadors page
  • Regular correspondence and support from the IaI team

How to apply

Please complete the application form below and return, with your CV, to Liina Pihel (liina.pihel@artandideas.org) with the subject line 'IaI Ambassador'.

Ambassador application form

Why register with the iai?
  • All you can watch
    Unlimited access to hundreds of hours of debates and talks from the world's leading minds, all for free.
  • Have your say
    Join the iai community and engage in conversation and debate around the issues that matter.
  • Hear it first
    Be the first to hear about our video releases, articles and tickets to our festival HowTheLightGetsIn.