Voluntary Gallery Guides

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AGWA’s passionate Voluntary Gallery Guides bring the Gallery’s varied Collection to life through free guided tours. As a Voluntary Gallery Guide you will inspire creativity and stimulate conversations with education audiences and our daily visitors.

As an AGWA Guide you will receive:

  • Invaluable experience working within one of Western Australia’s most significant cultural institutions in a collegial and welcoming group.
  • Opportunities to develop new skills related to the arts industry.
  • Regular opportunities to look at, learn about and talk about art with a wonderful group of 
  • like-minded people.
  • Free entry into all paid exhibitions at the Art Gallery of WA.
  • Occasional discounted or complimentary invitations to arts activities and events in Perth.
  • 15% discount at the Gallery Shop (excluding catalogues).
  • A great feeling that you are contributing to the cultural health and wellbeing of our community.

The ideal Guide will have:

Exceptional communication skills
  • A good grasp of spoken and written English is desirable.  We welcome applicants whose second language is English.  
  • Proficiency in a second language, including AUSLAN, is valuable but not required. We provide scheduled tours in languages other than English when possible.
  • The ability to communicate effectively with others, especially school-aged children, in a friendly and engaging manner.
Enthusiasm for arts and culture, and willingness to learn.
  • A keen interest in the visual arts and a desire to expand one's knowledge and interact with art of different genres.
  • The ability to research, interpret and absorb new information and to order material in a logical manner.
A reliable and positive attitude towards work.
  • The ability to commit to the time required for initial training and, once qualified, to carry out the duties required of a Guide 

As a Voluntary Gallery Guide, you will:

Be an ambassador for the Gallery
  • Maintain our exceptional standard of customer service to visitors, ensuring that everyone has an enjoyable experience at the Gallery.
  • Embody AGWA’s values both inside and outside the Gallery by upholding the Code of Conduct. 
  • Show your support through advocacy of the Exhibition and Guiding programs.
Be an active member of the Guides
  • Participate in the training program for Gallery Guides at AGWA.  Training runs fortnightly, Friday mornings, from 31 January to October, 2020.
  • Research and share information with your fellow Guides about artworks in the State Art Collection and temporary exhibitions. 
  • Grow your knowledge and understanding of visual arts through attendance of fortnightly professional development meetings.
  • Collaborate with your peers to research and prepare for exhibitions. 
  • Research, plan and conduct tours, starting with tours for primary school students.
  • Time commitment for Gallery Guides is approximately 8 hours per week, but this can vary from time to time.

Gallery Guide requirements:

  • Complete the Training Program for Voluntary Gallery Guides.
  • Attend regular fortnightly Professional Development meetings.
  • Engage in extra training provided by the Gallery for special exhibitions.
  • Upon graduating from the Training Program, research, plan and conduct a minimum of 28 tours per year, starting with tours for primary school students who visit the Gallery on weekdays during school term time.
  • Comply with AGWA’s Code of Conduct and other policies.
  • Be able to hold a Working with Children Card and if requested, pass a National Police Clearance. (AGWA will assist with submitting these clearances for any volunteer who does not have one.)

Applications for 2024

The next training will be in 2024. Please send a CV, together with a covering letter outlining why you believe you should be considered for the AGWA Guide traineeship to agwavgg@gmail.com

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