Volunteers play a vital role in the day-to-day activities of the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Volunteer Visitor Information Officers help to welcome visitors while our Volunteer Gallery Guides provide a wealth of information about the Art Gallery of WA, the State Art Collection, and current exhibitions.
Voluntary service at the Gallery offers a unique and rewarding opportunity for those interested in the arts. The volunteers experience first hand our amazing international exhibitions, the wonderful State Art Collection, increase their knowledge, meet artists and arts professionals and simultaneously assist the Gallery fulfill its role as the premier arts organisation in the State.
The Voluntary Guiding Scheme originated with a group of ten volunteers who came together in 1976 in order to research the Gallery’s history. In 1977 they were asked to escort groups of school children through major exhibitions and the following year their position was formalised. Today they number approximately 80, and are an integral part of the Gallery team.
Likewise, for the past 10 years AGWA's staff receptionists have relied heavily on the team of around 50 men and women who assist them to greet and direct visitors and provide information on current exhibitions and activities.
For the MoMA Series of exhibitions the Art Gallery of Western Australia significantly broadened the scope of its volunteer requirements to include volunteers who work at the Gallery and a new category of community-based volunteers who can work from home and in the community.
Some of those who have generously donated their time during the previous two exhibitions have taken up full-time work, or had to leave us for other reasons, so we're looking for people to fill their very big shoes - particularly on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons (although we're happy to hear from anyone with any time to spare).
We would like to encourage people to commit at least a half or full day per week, and for the duration of at least one of the exhibitions in the series, which runs until March 2015.
Visitor Information Volunteers:
Assisting the Gallery's specialist Education staff
(teaching qualifications and working with Children Permit required)
Evaluation and Feedback Volunteers
Gathering feedback from our visitors, assisting with visitor surveys etc.
Helping AGWA staff with management, research and administration tasks.
Helping us to reach out into the community and invite new audiences to experience these wonderful exhibitions
To apply to become a volunteer please read the Volunteers duty statement, then complete and return the Volunteer Application Form (and police clearance application form if applicable*).
Applications for the 2013 Guide training course have now closed.
Find out about the new recruits on the MoMA Series Blog.
For more information please contact our friendly Visitor Information Assistants on +61 8 9492 6600
Last reviewed 14 June 2013