AR Technician

Sheffield DocFest


Salary: £150 per day

Sheffield DocFest is looking for an AR Technician to join their team and support the delivery of their Alternate Realities Exhibition.

About Sheffield DocFest

Sheffield DocFest is the UK’s leading documentary festival and one of the world’s most influential markets for documentary projects. We champion and present the breadth of documentary form – film, television, immersive and art – in the vibrant city of Sheffield each June. We offer makers and audiences a place for inspiration, debate, development, learning and challenge. Our programming represents our core values – creativity, empathy, freedom, inclusivity and internationalism.

Sheffield DocFest is run by International Documentary Festival Sheffield, an independent registered charity (no.1184849).

About the role

The AR Technician is pivotal to the delivery of the Sheffield DocFest Alternate realities exhibition. They provide key technical support within the technical delivery of the exhibition to both the AR Programme Producer and the venue teams. They will have confidence and familiarity with VR equipment, interactive technology, tethering and trouble shooting to ensure the exhibition remains usable throughout the festival period.

Contract tenure:

6 and 7 June 2024
10 to 17 June 2024 (festival weekend inclusive)
Total days: 10 days


Sheffield and festival locations, primarily Site Gallery

Key responsibilities

  • To assist with the install and production of technology aspects of Sheffield DocFest 2024 Alternate Realities (AR) Exhibition
  • To provide support and ad-hoc training to AR team and XR hosts invigilating in the gallery
  • To support artists with installation and continuing exhibition of their works, ensuring appropriate set up, power, and maintenance is in place.
  • To work with the Venue Coordinator in providing support for the Alternate Realities
  • Exhibition where needed, flagging issues for attention in a calm, professional and methodical manner.
  • To manage loading of content onto headsets in the festival VR cinema
  • To manage VR equipment in the festival VR cinema, maintaining headsets and ensuring a system of recharging and checking, ensuring spares are available, charged and well maintained
  • To attend the dedicated training session with the Alternate Realities Production team and provide guidance to volunteers and XR hosts on proper use and support of the exhibits
  • To adhere to Site Gallery safety requirements, assisting with maintaining clear walkways, proactively tidying as required, and undertaking any other required adjustments
  • To take every care of artists works and materials at install, de-rig and throughout the exhibition
  • To assist the Volunteers with any technical issues that may arise where appropriate, and escalating to the Alternate Realities Production Team where necessary
  • To ensure XR equipment, Headphones and other batteries are on charge and swapped out regularly as agreed between sessions
  • To lead on morning setup and checks (as scheduled), ensuring that all works are up and running and optimised, and technical elements are switched on and off at the start and end of each day.
  • To oversee and maintain cleanliness and hygiene standards of the space and the exhibits


  • Actively promote and support diversity and inclusion in all Sheffield DocFest’s activities
  • Adhere to Sheffield DocFest health & safety policy
  • Adhere to and actively participate in how Sheffield DocFest delivers on our commitment to the environmental policy
  • Ensure all data stored is GDPR compliant
  • Create and maintain good working relationships with all Sheffield DocFest colleagues
  • Be an ambassador for Sheffield DocFest and maintain professional approach at all times
  • Commit to and uphold Sheffield DocFest values: creativity, empathy, freedom, inclusivity and internationalism

This role description is not exhaustive and other reasonable duties may be required by the post holder as relevant to their department and function.

Please read the full job pack.

How to apply

You are invited to apply for this role by submitting an up-to-date CV plus either:

  • a covering letter (1 or 2 pages) that addresses the job description and criteria above; or
  • a video letter (of up to 7 minutes in length), explaining what attracts you to the role and what you would bring to it.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the role prior to applying please contact, Sophie Newing, HR and Access Coordinator at:

Please address applications to: Sophie Newing, HR and Access Coordinator email:

If you require further information (including requests for printed forms/access support), please contact us on 0114 276 5141 or email

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The closing date for this position is 20/05/2024 at 12:00

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