The School of Uganglish is looking for amazing volunteers

The Project...

We at AFRORETRO have been very fortunate to awarded a month long residency as part of MBE Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects Africa Initiative, this October. We are launching The School of Uganglish; a month long festival of workshops and events that explore creativity, community and culture through textiles, fashion, craft, music, food and art.

What we are looking for...

We are looking for some amazing volunteers to become part of the fabric of The School of Uganglish. We are a cross disciplined team made up of musicians, illustrators, chefs and textile designers and are looking for more friends to join the team. We need lots of lovely people like you to make the school of UGANGLISH an amazing platform for cultural exchange and creativity.

What will you gain...

 Experience of supporting UpCyling and crafting workshops Experience of communication, engaging and interacting with the public Experience of working in a multi-role team An opportunity to see the workings of a new creative company To be part of something new and engaging

On completion of your commitments we will be happy to write a reference or statement of support

We will teach you…

 How to Mono print Ugandan style weaving Some basic sewing skills

What you will experience...

You will get the opportunity to experience Ugandan and African culture through a variety of creative mediums. You will also be working alongside a variety of professional creatives and have access to tap their knowledge, skills and experience.

We will provide tea and snacks and lots of chat

The Role...

This will depend on which event is running on the day. We will try as much as possible to have a rotating system so that everyone gets a chance to experience a variety of elements. Ultimately we want you have as good and as enriching time as our visitors

Roles include:

Hosting – welcoming people into the space

Flyering – on Saturdays through Broadway market so people know we’re open

Workshop support- supporting the lead tutor in printing/upcyling/craft workshops

Bar-  helping run the bar

Uganglish Village stall- helping run the Uganglish village stall

General- Supporting the events and space as a whole

All volunteers will be asked to help with the set-up and pack down of the space. Any flyering will be done on a rotational basis with all the team, to make it as pleasant as possible.

Dates & Times...

Thursday 9th October  -

Opening Event/ Printing workshop/Private & Open View 16:30-21:30 ( Event time 17:30-21:00)


Saturday 11th October-

Drop in printing workshop, session 11:30-18:30 (Event time 12:00-18:00)


Sunday 12th October-

Music collaboration event/drumming workshop/open jam, session 14:30-19:30 (Event time 15:00-19:00)


Tuesday 14th October-

craft workshop, session 17:30-22:00 (Event time 18:00-21:30)


Saturday 18th October-

Drop in printing workshop, session 11:30-18:30 (Event time 12:00-18:00)

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Sunday 19th October-

Weave a Tee workshop, session 13:30-17:30 (Event time 13:00-17:00)


Tuesday 21st October-

Head Wrap yourself Fabulous, session 18:00-22:00 (Event time 18:30-21:20)


Friday 26th October- Pop-up supper club, session 18:00-21:30 (Event time 19:00-21:00)

Saturday 25th October- Pop-up supper club, session 18:00-21:30 (Event time 19:00-21:00)

Sunday 26th October- Pop-up supper club, session 18:00-21:30 (Event time 19:00-21:00)




Monday 27th October-

Mono Print Your Life with BSL interpreter, session 17:00-21:30 (Event time 17:30-21:00)






Saturday 1st November-

Graduation Finale Catwalk show, session 17:00-22:30 (Event time 18:00-22:00)



How to apply...

Please email stating your availability, how many sessions you would like to do, when you can come to the studio of an initial meeting and a short paragraph detailing why you would like to volunteer on this project.

We will try and meet all volunteers before their first shift and ideally before the School of Uganglish opens. This will most likely be in the Guest Projects Space , 1 Andrews Road, E8 4QL between Monday 6th– Thursday 9th between 10am-8pm

Deadline Tuesday 7th October