Volunteers give thousands of hours each year to the
Gallery. They give their time freely and share their skills
They undertake individual projects and they add depth to the
visitor's experience of the Art Gallery of Ballarat. If you would
like to participate in one of the existing volunteer programs or
you would like to offer a your time and skills for a specific
project, contact the
Special Skills & Projects
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. The Guiding group has been an integral part of
the Gallery for nearly 25 years and this milestone will be
celebrated with an exhibition in late 2013.
Guiding at the Gallery is a rich and rewarding role that also
contributes to a wonderful asset to the City of Ballarat and
enriches the experience of our visitors.
Being involved with 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. These have included trips to Darwin, Tasmania
and many galleries around Victoria.
The volunteer guides are also members of the Australia-wide
guiding organisation Association of Australian Gallery Guiding
Organisations (AAGGO). AAGGO has 19 members from guiding
organisations around Australia including all the major State and
National Galleries and the aim of the organization 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
Trainee guides at the Art Gallery of Ballarat are selected
through an interview process. The extensive training program takes
nine months and this considerable time commitment reflects the
richness of the collection of the Art Gallery. Anyone
interested in becoming a guide can contact the Convenor of the
Guides through the Gallery.
Over many years, the Gallery has built 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.