Get involved with DOCA

Do you want to get involved with DOCA? All job vacancies and volunteering opportunities can be found below, as well as information for any artists that might want to join us at our events

If you have any questions or want to discuss these opportunities please feel free to contact us

Festival Makers

We are always on the look-out for new Festival Makers to volunteer at DOCA events throughout the year. These wonderful individuals help make the events what they are. They help artists, make visitors welcome, sell programmes, and collect donations (amongst other tasks) across all of our events.

Last year at the Street Festival alone, our Festival makers clocked up an impressive 500 hours helping us running the event. On top of that, we have our annual Picnic in the Park, Confetti Battle, Colour Rush, Carnival, Lantern Parade and workshops, and the Festival of Winter Ales.

Being a Festival Maker is a great way to gain work experience, add to a CV, give back to the community, build lasting relationships and be part of something really special. No previous experience is necessary, and you can give as little, or as much time as suits you. You can be on the front line taking an active part in our events, behind the scenes, or even helping with marketing.

If you want to get involved, let us know a bit about you and your previous experience, and we will be in contact

Artists and Creative Partners

We are always on the lookout for artists to work with. We generally don’t book a show unless we have seen it. So, if you would like us to consider you please send us invitations so that we can experience your work. We are happy to come along to ‘in development’ performances and are happy to support artists developing new work with advice on how to work with us and other festivals.

We are looking for street theatre of all scales, installation work, bands, and are keen to present visual arts outdoors. We have artists and performers at all our events and are always keen to collaborate with touring proposals and work with other venues to reduce travelling and accommodation costs. We welcome participatory workshops to accompany performances and are always looking for new ways to engage our communities. We will also consider one off additional events or happenings to expand our programme if appropriate.

We write our funding bids between September and November so if you haven’t been included in the bid and you are looking for commissioners we need to be having a discussion with you before this time.

We are very happy to be approached by other festivals or promoters to facilitate joint bookings and tours.

Current job vacancies

DOCA is a registered Charity with a dedication to high quality arts events. We have received regular funding and endorsement from Arts Council England for more than a decade and work with thousands of people in Devizes and across Wiltshire to present professional outdoor arts experiences and opportunities at their most thrilling and uplifting.

DOCA’s most important strands of work are:

Bringing some of the most innovative outdoor arts companies from all over Europe to Devizes for an International Street Festival, inspiring and engaging our audiences both local and national with the best in street theatre, contemporary circus and dance, puppetry, pyrotechnics and street music.

Delivering a wide range of high quality creative, participation opportunities for hundreds of people through training workshops for processional and other outdoor performance skills. These include costume design, dance, street theatre and music and lantern making for the annual Carnival and the Christmas Lantern Parade. These two events represent the largest annual community arts events taking place in the county.

We are led by a small year-round team led by our Trustees and supported by a dedicated and strong team of Festival Makers who help during events. To find out more about our team look on ‘The Team‘ page

Opportunities arise on a project basis and all existing posts are funding dependent.

Any vacancies with DOCA will be advertised here and on National Arts websites such as Arts Jobs. DOCA is an equal opportunities employer

Become a DOCA Trustee

DOCA is seeking people with the skills, knowledge and experience to play a key role in the governance and strategic direction of one of the South West’s most important and innovative arts organisations.

Trustee positions are unpaid, but reasonable expenses can be reimbursed if agreed in advance.

The Role of Trustee

DOCA is looking for Trustees to join for an initial three month trial period and would expect to commit to working with us for up to a 3 year period. We would welcome applications from people who have a passion for outdoor arts and have experience and skills in the following areas:

Skills or attributes we are looking for in Trustees:

  • Brand development experience
  • Connections with Educational establishments
  • Experience of organisational development
  • Income generation – sponsorship or fundraising
  • Business planning and strategy development
  • Understanding of digital media
  • Connections to national media
  • Volunteer development
  • Strong leadership skills and far sighted vision
  • Fresh and agile thinking

We would expect you to:

  • Committed to best practice
  • Hungry for professional development
  • Determined to work with creative people
  • Committed to developing free to access outdoor cultural experience
  • Business minded
  • A keen interested in getting to know our sector
  • Strategically minded
  • An advocate and keen networker
  • Support collective endeavour
  • Have an appetite for collaboration and partnership working
  • Support collective endeavour
  • Have an appetite for collaboration and partnership working