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 is a dedicated social network that focus on supporting and promoting Bendigo Art Gallery, while also fostering a sense of community through the arts. Comprised of individuals who are passionate about art and cultural heritage, the Friends serve as advocates who raise awareness about the Gallery’s exhibitions, programs and events. The Friends are dedicated to the preservation of the Gallery’s Collection and fundraise to enable the conservation of valuable artworks. The Friends also raise funds to grant annual bursaries to outstanding visual arts students in Bendigo.
Please find the attached form for information on how to apply to become a Friend of the Gallery, or to learn more about the Friends’ events program.
Bendigo Art Gallery's voluntary Guides lead daily 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.