Volunteering at RMIT Gallery is a wonderful way to take that first step towards a career in museums, arts management or events. This week, we say farewell to George, one of our longest serving volunteers, as he takes up an internship in Germany in the next few weeks.
University students who volunteer their time to work shifts and opening events and public programs at RMIT Gallery are a vital and much appreciated resource. So it is with fondness and a touch of sadness that we say goodbye to George after several years. Of course, we had a special ‘sweet’ send off with cupcakes – something of a RMIT Gallery tradition as a way of saying ‘thanks’.
George has just completed a double degree at RMIT in electrical engineering and commerce, and is a good example of the fact that you don’t need to be studying art to be part of the gallery’s ‘extended family’ – we welcome all enthusiastic students, as the gallery relies on a diverse skill set.
RMIT Gallery’s volunteer program provides motivated individuals with the opportunity to gain an understanding of arts administration and the day to day management of contemporary art galleries.
We are interested in applications from volunteers with a diverse range of skills. Knowledge of art is helpful, but not essential.
We require well presented, outgoing people, capable of multitasking, with excellent communication skills. Full induction and training will be provided to suitable applicants. Working at RMIT Gallery provides volunteers with the chance to enhance their resume and showcase their capabilities and enthusiasm to future employers. We have many overseas students and also students from other universities, as well as many post graduate students who are looking to improve their industry knowledge as they gain high level research skills in the arts.
Our program is open to a variety of applicants:
- Internships: suited to those completing a tertiary degree in arts management, curatorship, education, public relations, communications or business administration. Interns will undertake a full or part-time volunteer placement at the gallery for a set period, completing an appointed project or series of related tasks.
- Work experience: suited to secondary school students who wish to gain a week or fortnight’s experience, working on light administrative tasks, reception and exhibition research. Places per year are limited.
- Regular volunteers: those able to donate their time on a regular weekly basis will be able to undertake gallery sitting, reception, and wide variety of administrative and research tasks.
- Event staff: RMIT Gallery offers a range of public programs and exhibition openings throughout the year that require staff to serve food and drinks, and assist in various aspects of the function. These are a great opportunity to meet artists, curators and other members of the arts community and gain first hand experience in event management.
George says that his favourite exhibition and opening was the 2012 contemporary Persian exhibition “Only From the Heart Can You Touch the Sky” which showcased Afghanistan art and culture – and the wonderful Afghan Tea Cart – as well as an opening night full of music, dancing and warmth.
Good luck with your future career, George! Thanks for your help and we are pleased you take some wonderful memories of exhibitions and art events with you into your future journey.
To become a volunteer at RMIT Gallery, please forward a current CV, or any queries to: