Dulwich Picture Gallery looking for young volunteers to get involved!

Dulwich Picture Gallery looking for young volunteers to get involved!

Are you a future artist or curator? Curious about what goes on behind the scenes of a gallery?Our youth Volunteer Interpretation programme is an exciting opportunity for young people to get involved with the interpretation of the Gallery as part of our Unlocking Paintings Project.

As  volunteer you will get the opportunity to work with our curators, explore new ways of talking about our Collection, and develop new programmes and activities for young people. No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm to get involved. Come along to a taster session in August to find out more!

What day: Creative Meetings take place monthly on Wednesday evenings, 5-7.30pm

Training Days: Saturdays of Sundays, 10am-4pm (once a month/every other month)

Activity Days: Varies depending on the project

How many hours: at least 2.5 hours a month, more for training days and activity days

Minimum Commitment: 6 months

Where: Dulwich Picture Gallery, SE21

About Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery is the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery: it was founded in 1811
when Sir Francis Bourgeois RA bequeathed his collection of old masters “for the inspection of the public”. Today the Gallery is a vibrant cultural hub hosting some of the UK’s leading exhibitions alongside its Permanent Collection of Old Master paintings while staging a wide-ranging programme of public events, practical art and community engagement.

Purpose of role:

Our Volunteer Interpretation Programme is part of the Gallery’s Unlocking Paintings Project. As a volunteer you will get the opportunity to work with our curators, explore new ways of talking about our Collection and develop new programmes and activities for young people. Previous projects have resulted in the development an piloting of sensing bags, and new ‘Creative Conversations’ pop up talks, which have benefited visitors to the Gallery.

Main activities/tasks:

As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to get involved in a whole variety of activities including:

  • Researching the Collection
  • Supporting the curators to evaluate the new displays and text labels
  • Creating new learning interpretation including trails, tours events and activities
  • Planning and delivering public events for young people and families
  • Acting as a consultation group for new displays designs, text labels and interpretation
  • Being a VIP ambassador promoting the Unlocking Paintings project through writing blog
  • posts, attending events and supporting other young people to get involved

Who are we looking for?

  • Young people aged 14-21
  • People willing to commit to the programme for a minimum of 6 months and be able
  • to attend monthly meetings and training days and be willing to sign up for the
  • activities rota
  • You don’t need any previous experience as we will provide training
  • What the volunteer would gain from the volunteering opportunity:

As a VIP volunteer you will have access to :

  • Attend regular training which will include events management, curation and interpretation,
  • action research, audience development and collections management
  • Work alongside the curators, learning and public programming team
  • Discover more about the different job roles that exist in an Art Gallery and have the
  • opportunity to learn new employability skills
  • Have the opportunity to have your say in how the Gallery talks about its collection and how it
  • talks to and engages other young people
  • Work with the community team to further develop the VIP Volunteer scheme
  • Volunteer hours can be used towards Arts Award, Duke of Edinburgh or V-Inspire awards

Other information:

  • Refreshments are provided at each session
  • You can claim travel expenses up to £10 per day
  • There will be training opportunities throughout the project
  • If you are interested, come along to a creative taster session to find out more

Find out more/ get involved!

Visity the website

Contact Charlotte Hukin, Learning Coordinator
creatives@dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

Or phone: 020 8299 875

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