Volunteering opportunities

Volunteers play a vital role in the running of Orleans House Gallery. In return they enjoy the pleasure of working in beautiful surroundings by the River Thames, and the knowledge that they are making a contribution to the provision of arts and the enrichment of the life of the local community.

The gallery offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities for adults and young people.

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To apply to be a volunteer at Orleans House Gallery please complete the online application form.

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Further information

To find out more about volunteering at the gallery, please contact us.

Phone: 020 8831 6000
Email: artsinfo@richmond.gov.uk

Current opportunities

New opportunities will be displayed here when they arise.

Study Room Volunteer

The study room is a new research space in Orleans House Gallery that provides visitors with increased access to the collection. This space comprises open picture storage; online access to the collections via the database MODES and other digital content.

Volunteers will be based in the study room to assist visitors with their visit. This role is a busy customer-facing role which involves:

  • Welcoming and engaging with visitors
  • Introducing visitors to the study room and explaining how to use the space
  • Booking appointments for visitors
  • Assisting school groups and individuals with their visit
  • Responding to enquiries about the collection, over the phone, by email and face to face
  • Contributing to the ongoing care of the collection
  • Assisting researchers to access the collection both digitally and physically
  • Acting as security for the collection
  • Assisting with curatorial duties (i.e. documentation and cataloguing)

The study room is open from 10am to 5pm on Tuesday to Sunday with at least one volunteer in attendance. Volunteers in this role are expected to attend at least one morning or afternoon every two weeks.

For further information, see the Study Room Volunteer role description (pdf, 383 KB)

Volunteer Exhibition Assistant

This role is based in the Main Gallery and Stables Gallery exhibition spaces and will involve:

  • Welcoming and engaging with visitors
  • Providing visitors with detailed information about the current exhibition and wider Richmond Borough Art Collection
  • Helping to maintain the security of the artworks and gallery space
  • Assisting the Curatorial team with exhibition related tasks during change over periods as required
  • Encouraging visitors to leave feedback relating to their experience

Volunteers in this role are expected to attend at least one morning or afternoon every week, including some weekends.

For further information, see the Volunteer Exhibition Assistant role description (pdf, 381 KB)

Volunteer Gallery Assistant

Role description

This role is based in the main gallery and also includes responsibility for the retail area. It will involve:

  • Welcoming and engaging with visitors
  • Providing visitors with information and answering queries
  • Responding to telephone, email and face to face enquiries
  • Assisting with sales and shop displays
  • Cash handling
  • Maintaining a neat and tidy reception and retail area
  • Contributing to gallery evaluation initiatives and recording data

Volunteers in this role are expected to attend at least one morning or afternoon every week, including some weekends.

For further information, see the Volunteer Gallery Assistant role description(pdf, 195KB

Arts Education Volunteers

A number of opportunities are available in the Arts Education Department including:

  1. Long term opportunities (approx. 6 months) assisting with a regular Art Club or workshop with children, young people and groups with special needs, volunteers will be able to choose from the current available time slots on weekday afternoons and weekends
  2. Project based opportunities to work with vulnerable adults through arts and wellbeing
  3. Opportunities for young people in sixth forms or FE colleges participating in Duke of Edinburgh and Arts Award schemes

Within these roles volunteers will:

  • Contribute to the preparation of artist-led activities with children, young people and adults
  • Support artists to run art activities
  • Register participants and provide admin support (signing in and out)
  • Assist children and young people throughout art activities
  • Help the artist and workshop team with the tidy and pack up of activities

For further information, see the Arts Education Volunteer role description(pdf, 198KB).

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Updated: 14 July 2017