Our fantastic volunteers give thousands of hours each year to the Gallery and contribute to a richness of experience for visitors to the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Volunteers gain an inside view of the Gallery and become part of an enthusiastic team. There are many ways to get involved. You can apply to join one of the existing programs or offer a your time and skills for a specific project please send get in touch with us to discuss how you can get involved.
Volunteers with specialist skills and knowledge are involved in many areas of the Gallery. Sometimes volunteer skills are matched to an existing task. At other times, volunteers come to the Gallery with a suggested project.
The Gallery has a strong, active and vibrant group of volunteer guides who offer free guided tours around the Gallery collections five days a week and all public holidays. They also offer tours for booked groups and tours of many of the temporary exhibitions.
Guiding at the Gallery is rewarding that contributes to a rich experience for visitors. Being a part of this group opens opportunities to interact with the public and promote the Gallery collection through ongoing learning and to take part in excursions to many art galleries around the country.
Applications for Voluntary Guide Training Programs are taken every three to five years depending on need and demand. We encourage you to apply in the next round and would be pleased to consider your application at that time. Trainee guides at the Art Gallery of Ballarat are selected through an interview process.
Intakes of new trainees are advertised in the media and through gallery publications.
Anyone interested in becoming a guide can contact the Convenor of the Guides through the Gallery.
The volunteer guides are members of the Australia-wide guiding organisation Association of Australian Gallery Guiding Organisations (AAGGO). The AAGGO has 19 members from guiding organisations around Australia including all the major State and National Galleries and the aim of the organisation is to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas between the member groups and to assist guides to foster an understanding and appreciation of the collections of their gallery. AAGGO holds a conference every two years and membership is open to accredited guides from the affiliated galleries.
The Training Program is approximately 9 months and is run on Wednesdays. Trainee Guides attend lectures on Art History with particular reference to the Gallery’s Collection.
The Art Gallery of Ballarat holds an outstanding reference collection, particularly of books and other publications about Australian art and artists. A small team of voluntary librarians keep this valuable resource in order.