Volunteers are an important and highly valued part of Bendigo Art Gallery’s day-to-day operation. There are different ways you can get involved.
If you have more time and are interested helping on a longer-term basis you could consider joining the voluntary Guides and Friends of Bendigo Art Gallery.
The Friends of Bendigo Art Gallery
The Friends of Bendigo Art Gallery provide support to the Gallery by assisting staff in programs and organising events that raise funds for the Gallery and the broader community. The Friends who assist the Gallery by providing administration support and assist at various Gallery programs are also volunteers of the City of Greater Bendigo and are required to undergo a police check and hold a valid Working with Children Card. (Information on these will be forwarded to you upon approval of your application).
The events, lunches, gatherings and fundraising activities facilitated by the Friends of the Gallery also provide regular opportunities for members to socialise with others in the community. For Friends who are only attending social gatherings there is no need for a valid Working with Children Check.
Find the attached form for information on joining the Friends, or to know more about the Friends' events program and how to apply. Application form for Friends of Bendigo Art Gallery
Bendigo Art Gallery's voluntary Guides lead weekend tours of the permanent collection, cater to groups upon request and booking as well as give introductions to special exhibitions.
Voluntary guide-led tours offer visitors opportunities to gain a deeper appreciation of art, and an understanding of the gallery and its collection.
Becoming a volunteer guide
When you apply to become a volunteer Guide you will undertake a recruitment and training process to become part of the public face of the Gallery. This extensive and rich program is provided by the Gallery Guides with recruitment occuring biennially. Due to delays in our training program last year, the next intake for voluntary guides will be in 2023.
Our Guides are required to attend ongoing training programs that include talks by artists and industry professionals, in addition to regular visits to other galleries and exhibitions. Volunteer Guides are required to undergo a police check and hold a valid Working with Children Card.
Bendigo Art Gallery does not currently offer a structured internship program for university students. The Gallery does occasionally host tertiary students to assist with and learn about specific programs and events. The content and duration of any internship must be negotiated between the Gallery and the relevant higher education institution.
Please contact us to find out more about internships.
Each year Bendigo Art Gallery makes a few placements available for secondary school students undertaking structured workplace learning or work experience. These placements fill quickly and it is advisable to contact the Gallery early.
If you would like to inquire about any of our volunteering options, please contact the Gallery and include your area of interest in the subject line.