MAPS Festival is produced by Chalk, a small family focused organisation based in the Newcastle upon Tyne. Established in 2015, Chalk was born after all three directors had children and searched for events and activities that were aimed at both the parents and the children, that could be enjoyed collectively, but there was nothing out there. MAPS Festival is an extension of the work Chalk have produced over the last 3 years. MAPS stands for Music, Art and Play, themes which have always been integral to Chalk. The festival was born from the ambition to push events and collaborations with artists and art forms to a new level but still focusing on a family audience.

To make amazing things happen at MAPS Festival, we depend on the help and support of ace volunteers. We have put together a range of volunteering roles which you can get involved in:

  • Event stewarding and workshop stewarding

  • Social Media/Marketing

  • Photography (Saturday only) 

Who can become a MAPS Volunteer?

  • Ideally we are looking for parents with an enthusiasm for family activities and the arts/culture. However, we are open to those who are not parents but looking to gain experience or have a specialist interest or experience in this area. 

  • Volunteers must be over 18 years old and comfortable with interacting with families and small children. 

  • You must be able to talk to people of all ages, answer questions (training provided!) and above all be enthusiastic about Chalk and MAPS! If you want to find out more about what we do please have a look through this site and visit

What does volunteering for MAPS entail:

  • Volunteers need to be knowledgable, approachable and enthusiastic. 

  • Have experience of working with or interacting with children.

  • Be available for a minimum of 6 hours across the festival dates.

What can we do for you:

  • A daily food and drink allowance 

  • A festival t-shirt and badge

  • Complimentary tickets to at least two festival events (valid on events with a priority given to paying audience members)

  • A reference after the festival if required

Volunteers will be based at:

  • Friday –  BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Cobalt Studios

  • Saturday – BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Star and Shadow Cinema

  • Sunday – BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Tyneside Cinema Pop up Film School and the Cluny 2

How to apply:

Complete our short online application form below. If you have any questions please email

Name *
Please confirm you are over 18 *
When are you available? *

Thank you for volunteering to be part of MAPS Festival, without the help of volunteers we wouldn't be able to make the festival happen. We will notify successful volunteers by Wednesday 6th February and will have a volunteer briefing the week commencing 11th February.