Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Art Gallery is not actively recruiting volunteers at the current time, however potential volunteers are welcome to enquire via the email address below
AGSA welcomes and values the assistance of hundreds of volunteers across the institution. By generously giving their passion, energy and expertise, volunteers help us bring art and people together.
Being a volunteer at the Gallery offers a rewarding opportunity to discover more about the Gallery's collection and meet new friends.
The Gallery is currently well supported with volunteers, therefore limited vacancies exist at the present time.
Areas where volunteers are involved include:
Front of House & The Studio
Our Front of House volunteers play a vital role in day-to-day activities by interacting with the public and promoting the role of the Gallery and its collection. They welcome and direct gallery visitors to exhibitions, special displays and works of art. They provide information about guided tours, lectures, talks, events and activities. Front of House volunteers are given a comprehensive induction, training program and on-going support.
Public Programs - Special events
Public Programs volunteers assist with a range of regular events including First Fridays, Neo for teens and Start for children and families, as well assisting with activities in The Studio on weekends. They also provide visitors with general information about exhibitions, special displays, guided tours and other programmed events and activities. Public Programs volunteers are given a comprehensive induction, training program and on-going support.
The initial training to become a voluntary Gallery Guide takes approximately one year. The training has been designed to balance the needs of the volunteer with those of the Gallery. AGSA requires dedicated, outgoing, well-informed volunteers who enjoy interacting with the public. In return, we offer an interesting induction course, which balances training in communication with information about art history and appreciation, the techniques used by artists and many insights into the workings of the Gallery.
In 2022, the Art Gallery of South Australia began building a collective of young people, aged between 20 – 30 years old, to engage in a 12 week training program that focuses on contemporary art and its intersections with social justice, diversity and the environment. Once training was completed, this volunteer collective, ‘the Vanguard’, began sharing ideas and knowledge of art with the general public, touring on topics and areas of interest to you, artists and audiences while facilitating conversations about art.
The Art Gallery’s Research Library is a special art library with restricted access. There is a variety of tasks for volunteers, including sorting, filing, shelving, indexing, cataloguing, transcribing, photocopying and scanning. As places are limited, preference is given to those with library, archives, record management or I.T. skills and experience. Art history knowledge is also an advantage.
It is desirable that volunteers interested in working in the Curatorial areas have suitable qualifications, experience and art history knowledge.
It is desirable that volunteers wishing to work in Administration areas have some previous experience.
AGSA does not currently provide a work experience program.
For more information or to register your interest in volunteering, please contact:
Front of House and Volunteer Coordinator
Visit the Opportunities page to find out about current AGSA vacancies.