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The Amy Johnson Festival 75 second film awards

Artist/film-makers are invited to submit new short films for inclusion in 75, a programme of work to be screened during The Amy Johnson Festival, Hull, UK in July 2016.

2016 is the 75th anniversary of the death of Amy Johnson, Hull’s flying heroine. Born in Hull in 1903, Amy Johnson CBE was one of the most influential and inspirational women of the twentieth century. She was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia and set a string of other records throughout her career. Amy Johnson Festival will mark this anniversary and celebrate Amy’s life, achievements and legacy with an ambitious international programme of the arts and engineering sciences appealing to all interests and ages.

Deadline 31st May, 2016

Films should last no more than 75 seconds and should respond imaginatively, humorously, provocatively to, or be inspired by, an aspect of the following Amy Johnson Festival themes:

  • The life and flying achievements of Amy Johnson – Telling her story, key moments in her life, her personal struggles and achievements
  • Women’s equality and liberation – Amy Johnson campaigned for women’s equality particularly at work. Women in engineering and science, Amy as a role model to introduce more young women to engineering and
  • Flight in all its forms – Aircraft engineering, the physics of flight, insect flight – especially moths as Amy flew de Havilland Moth planes throughout her aviation career!
  • World cultures, then and now – Reflections on culture, society and politics in the countries and continents at the time of Amy’s flight in 1930, or on the situation

Four Awards of £500

There will be 3 awards of £500 pounds each to winners of 3 categories:

Hull & East Yorkshire Award – open to artist/film-makers based in the Hull and East Yorkshire area

UK Award – open to artist/film-makers based elsewhere in the UK

International Award – open to artist/film-makers based outside the UK
and a further award of £500 for

Best in Show – selected from the three category winners

Award winning films and a further selection of outstanding films will be shown during the Amy Johnson Festival between 1 July and 6 September 2016. Full details will be announced to all entrants in due course.

Download a submission form here

Da Vinci Engineered
Exhibition Services Team Leaders (2 posts)

A big part of the forthcoming Amy Johnson Festival takes place in a large marquee in Zebedee’s Yard, off Whitefriargate in Hull City Centre. Inside the marquee we are building a gallery, foyer area with small shop, and an education and meeting space. The exhibition – Da Vinci Engineered – presents models of Leonardo da Vinci’s flight and wind machines alongside works by contemporary artists. We wish to appoint two people to ensure the smooth running of these spaces, to care for the visitors and for the exhibits, and to look after sales of merchandise and tickets to the exhibition.

Zebedee’s Yard, Princes Dock Street, Hull

Monday 20 June – Sunday 21 August 2016

2 posts, each of 30 hours per week to be worked between 9.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Sunday. There may be some additional hours by arrangement. The exhibition is open seven days a week so hours off work would be agreed between the post holders.

£8 per hour (single rate)

The role:
The Team Leaders will be responsible for the smooth running of all aspects of the Da Vinci Engineered exhibition and all associated activities in the Exhibition Marquee including ticketing of the exhibition and merchandise sales.

Amy Johnson Festival themes of engineering, flight and creativity come together in Da Vinci Engineered, displayed in our specially constructed marquee gallery in Zebedee’s Yard. Twelve faithful reproductions of Leonardo da Vinci’s flight and wind machines loaned by Da Vinci Museum, Florence, demonstrate the remarkable prescience of this great artist and his engineering genius. Alongside these Renaissance machines, specially commissioned and selected works by contemporary artists responds to ideas of flight or explore the use of engineering in their conceptualisation, design or production. This fascinating exhibition reminds us that the creativity of the engineer and the inspiration of the artist are two side of the same coin of human endeavor and innovation.

Responsible to:
Festival Operations Manager and Exhibition Curator

Responsible for:

Arranging volunteer staffing rotas with Operations Manager

Briefing the Exhibition and Marquee Assistants (volunteers), and supervising their work

Allocating and sharing duties with, and between, the Exhibition Assistants to ensure that all necessary duties and activities are undertaken effectively and efficiently throughout the day.

These activities include:

  • Meeting and greeting visitors
  • Selling and checking admission tickets
  • Selling merchandise, accounting for and maintaining stock
  • Switching on and setting up equipment in the morning e.g. projectors, lighting
  • Making regular checks on the condition of the artworks
  • Keeping the exhibition space clean and tidy
  • Contacting the Curator or Operations Manager to report problems if necessary
  • Providing information about the artists and artworks to the public
  • Providing short guided tours of the exhibits
  • Setting up the Education space for schools workshop sessions, afternoon DVD viewing sessions, lectures and other events.

An interest in, and enthusiasm for, the visual arts and engineering would be helpful.

We are looking for people who are:

  • Out-going and friendly
  • Numerate and literate. GCSE Grade C or above in Maths and English is preferred but not essential.
  • Smartly turned out – Festival team uniform will be provided.

We would like you to have had:

  • Some work or voluntary experience in a customer care environment such as in shops, hospitality, reception work, museums or galleries.
  • Some experience of organizing rotas, planning activities, or checking stocks of items
  • Some cash handing or till operating experience.

How to apply:

Please let us have:

  • A letter of application explaining why you would like to do this job and how you think your skills and experience make you a suitable candidate for the post.
  • An up to date CV
  • The names and contact details of two people who can provide references for you – one of whom should be a recent employer or who knows you in a working or voluntary capacity.


Email these to nicky@amyjohnsonfestival.co.uk to arrive by 5pm on Tuesday 7 June. Interviews will take place later that week and we would expect the successful candidates to be available for work from Monday 20 June.

If you have any questions please call Nicky Ellam on 01482 224334 or email her as above.

More details about the festival at amyjohnsonfestival.co.uk