The Rubbish Collection is an arts project and part of the Science Museum Climate Changing programme of exhibitions and events. Artist Joshua Sofaer will use the Science Museum as a case study to explore what we throw away and make us think differently about what we call ‘rubbish’. In a two-part installation we will firstly invite visitors to help us in sorting and documenting all the rubbish produced by the Museum over 30 days. We will then trace the journey to recycling or disposal before bringing the rubbish back to the Museum in varying stages of processing to create an exhibition exposing the materials, value and beauty of ‘rubbish’.
Project Assistants will support Joshua Sofaer in the realisation of Phase 1 of the project; sorting and documenting the rubbish over a 30 day period, alongside Science Museum staff and volunteers. Project Assistants will be required to manage the archive during their shift, directing volunteers and assisting with collecting and moving the rubbish around the Museum and exhibition space, manual handling, unpacking bags of rubbish to document their contents, communicating the project to visitors and assisting them with the process of documenting the rubbish, setting up and cleaning down the space at the start and end of the day.
This is a unique experience for people interested in environmental issues, science or art to get the opportunity to work with the artist Joshua Sofaer in a unique and challenging arts project that highlights issues of waste and sustainability.
Training will be provided by the Science Museum for this position:
• Extensive Health and Safety Training
• Induction to the museum and project
• Manual Handling
• Science Communication
• Customer Service
• Interest in art, science, recycling and sustainability
• Good communication skills
• Team worker
• Team leader experience
• Awareness of health and safety issues and procedures
We will have to carry out DBS (formerly CRB) background checks on all employees.