Volunteers wanted at RMIT Gallery – join us now

RMIT Gallery volunteers recruiting at Open Day. Photo Evelyn Tsitas
RMIT Gallery volunteers recruiting at Open Day. Photo Evelyn Tsitas

Do you have a burning ambition to work in an art gallery or museum? Are you studying visual art, curating or arts management but wondering how to break into a job in the competitive art field? RMIT Gallery are looking for dedicated volunteers to join our team. Join us now!

Our current pool of volunteers are planning to move on with their studies and career plans and as they take the valuable skills they have gained at RMIT Gallery with them, positions become available for others to join our team.

This is a wonderful opportunity to gain experience at a major public art gallery in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. You may be a current undergraduate or postgraduate student, or have completed your degree and are looking for practical work experience.

We are looking for regular volunteers who are able to donate their time on a regular weekly basis to undertake gallery sitting, reception work and wide variety of administrative and research tasks. Volunteers also assist in exhibition openings throughout the year that require staff to serve food and drinks, and assist in various aspects of the function, as well as other public program events. These are a great opportunity to meet artists, curators and other members of the arts community and gain first hand experience in event management.

Most of the current casual staff at RMIT Gallery started as volunteers, as did permanent staff members such Gallery Operations Manager Megha Nikhil. But you don’t need an arts degree to get a foot in the door. Casual gallery staff member Kaushali Seneviratne, who started as a volunteer, has a Bachelors in Commerce.

“When I was volunteer, my duties varied from digitalisation and archiving to helping out with opening night duties, to assisting the Collections Coordinator and even gaining an insight into the importance of social media and communications in an art gallery,” Kaushali said.

Kaushali Seneviratne at the 2015 RMIT Gallery exhibition Japanese Art After Fukushima: Return of Godzilla, posing next to Yutaka Kobayashi's work ‘Absorption Ripples – Melt down melt away’ 2015
Kaushali Seneviratne at the 2015 RMIT Gallery exhibition ‘Japanese Art After Fukushima: Return of Godzilla’, posing next to Yutaka Kobayashi’s ‘Absorption Ripples – Melt down melt away’. Installation photo by Mark Ashkanasy.

Kaushali added that volunteering at RMIT Gallery has opened up job opportunities and work experience at other arts organisations. “It has allowed me to meet other like-minded people and gain valuable experience in arts management.”

Current volunteer Miranda Camboni is studying Arts Management.

“I’ve been able to participate in and assist with the organisation of exhibitions and gallery management , which has been really helpful in my understanding of arts organisations and learning skills important for career opportunities,” Miranda said.

“While volunteering at RMIT Gallery I have been able to learn about arts organisations in a entirely different way. It’s been a great environment to work within, being around art and interesting and knowledgeable people.”

If you are interested in working as a volunteer at RMIT Gallery, call us (03) 9925 1717 or send us an email with your CV to rmit.gallery@rmit.edu.au

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