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 provides support to the Gallery by assisting staff with activities such as large mail-outs and helping at some after-hours events.
The Friends presents the very popular Art & Tea public program. At Art & Tea events presenters speak on topics that relate to our temporary exhibitions and the permanent collection.
The Friends also organise events that raise funds for the Gallery and the broader community.
Please contact us for information on joining the Friends, or to know more about the Friends' events program.
Bendigo Art Gallery's voluntary guides lead daily tours of the permanent collection, assist education officers with large school groups, and schedule tours of special exhibitions.
Voluntary guide-led tours offer visitors opportunities to gain a deeper appreciation of art, an and 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. Recruitment for the guides usually occurs biennially.
Our guides are required to attend ongoing training program that includes talks by artists and industry professionals, in addition to regular visits to other galleries and exhibitions.
Bendigo Art Gallery Guides Training Program 2020
Would you like to be a volunteer Guide at the Bendigo Art Gallery?
Register an Expressions of Interest in participating the 2020 Guide Training Program Now
The focus of the intensive program is to immerse you in the Bendigo Art Gallery's collection and to equip you with the knowledge and skills to present the collection to the public through Gallery tours and, later, broader Gallery programs.
An information session outlining the program and the commitment required will be held on Wednesday 12 February at 2:00 pm in the Park Studio at the Bendigo Art Gallery. The training program will commence in April 2020 with attendance at the fortnightly learning sessions expected. The training program will be held over twelve months.
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.