Local arts volunteers shortlisted for London awards

Release Date: 29 August 2017

A team of volunteers from Orleans House Gallery has been shortlisted for a 2017 London Volunteers in Museums Awards, recognising their commitment, dedication and hard work.

Around 50 volunteers from the Twickenham Gallery’s Front of House Volunteer Team have been shortlisted for the ‘Best Team’ award. The team are vital to the day-to-day management of the Gallery. Roles include staffing the reception desk, gallery shop, welcoming and engaging visitors in exhibitions and at events.

The London Volunteers in Museums Awards recognise and celebrate the work of the dedicated volunteers that support the Capital’s museums. They work across a range of museum departments, helping enhance the visitor experience, develop collections knowledge and provide vital support to staff.

The winners will be announced at an event on 29 September at City Hall.

Orleans House Gallery is still looking for volunteers to help when the main gallery reopens this autumn following a £3.6m redevelopment programme. The work aims to restore the gallery to its former glory as well as making it accessible to even more visitors.

As part of the redevelopment, additional volunteers who are passionate for art and heritage are needed to help with roles such as Volunteer Guides, Study Room Volunteers, Volunteer Exhibitions Assistants and Volunteer Gallery Assistants.

Cllr David Linnette, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and the Voluntary Sector, said:

“Volunteers have historically played a vital role in the running of Orleans House Gallery and I am thrilled that the current team have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. My fingers are crossed for later in September!

“For anyone thinking about volunteering at the Gallery, I can recommend it. It is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who is interested in the arts to enjoy the pleasure of working in beautiful surroundings by the River Thames.

“Volunteering is hugely rewarding and volunteers can take great satisfaction in knowing they are contributing to the provision of arts and the enrichment of the life of the local community.”

Find out more about volunteering at Orleans House Gallery.

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Updated: 31 August 2017