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AGWA Volunteers – your support is vital

We rely on the support of our passionate volunteers to help bring the Gallery to life for our visitors through our events, exhibitions and public programs. We accept volunteers on an ongoing basis, as well as offering formally structured internships.

Why volunteer?
Help us share the value of art. We believe that art matters, is meaningful, and it should be shared so that we can all embrace it with imagination or passion. Our mission is to inspire visitors while presenting the art of Australia and our international counterparts, and to provide enriching communal experiences. Volunteering provides a rewarding experience that is vital in enabling us to achieve this vision. As an AGWA Ambassador you will inspire creativity and stimulate conversations.

What does a volunteer do?
You are the face of AGWA. You can be involved in a wide array of activities that allow us to share our love of art with others. These include greeting our visitors, informing people about exhibitions and activities on in the Gallery, and assisting with our diverse range of public programs and events. This may be helping children learn the art of puppet-making or welcoming guests to an after-hours event. Or simply sharing your knowledge of what’s on at the Gallery to help turn someone’s visit from good to great.

Volunteer roles at AGWA include:

PDF graphic  • AGWA Ambassador
PDF graphic  • Knowledge Gatherers
PDF graphic  • AGWA Experience Ambassador

What does it take to volunteer at AGWA?
You’re enthusiastic about arts and culture in Perth. You’re comfortable working independently and as a team. You’re excited to share your knowledge about AGWA’s diverse exhibitions and programs, and to help us create something great for people and visitors to WA.

PDF graphic Which Role is Suitable for You

Dates & time commitment:
New volunteers must attend one of the following orientation sessions:
Saturday 10 September 2-3pm
Tuesday 13 September 11am-12pm
Saturday 17 September 2-3pm
Tuesday 20 September 11am-12pm

Levels of commitment:
AGWA Ambassador: Minimum requirements of 1 shift per fortnight.
Knowledge Gatherers: Minimum requirements of 1 shift per fortnight.
AGWA Experience Ambassador: Primary work periods are Wednesdays, Sundays,
Intern: Commitments negotiated based on requirements.

Accepting and reviewing applications on an ongoing basis. To be a part of the next intake of volunteers, applications must be received by Wednesday, 14 September.

If you would like to know more, email volunteers@artgallery.wa.gov.au or complete the application form.


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.

The Gallery will begin recruiting new Guides in the second half of 2016.
For more information about being a Gallery Guide and/or to add your name to the 2017 Guide Intake Waitlist please email the Coordinator of Voluntary Gallery Guides andrea.tenger@artgallery.wa.gov.au



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