The Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art is recruiting Gallery Attendants, Docents and Hospitality/special event volunteers.
Gallery attendants are present during the open hours of the Gallery to greet Gallery patrons, track attendance and monitor the gallery. Attendants may also be occasionally be asked to assist with office duties e.g. mailouts. No previous art or gallery experience necessary however an interest in art would be helpful and a willingness to learn is essential. Attendants must be comfortable handling money, processing sales transactions and working in the gallery independently.
Gallery docents interpret art, guide people through the Gallery, encourage dialogue, provide information to visitors, and facilitate understandings about art. During the school year, our docents primarily lead school groups on tours of the Gallery and animate the collection in dynamic ways for learners of all ages. Our docents also conduct public tours, interpreting the collection and exhibitions through conversations with visitors from around the world.
Hospitality & special event volunteers help with the many special events we hold during the year including opening receptions, musical evenings, Artist for Kids print launches and other events inspired by our current exhibitions. Positions in hospitality involve greeting (information providers,) set-up/take down, coat check, manning of ticket sales tables, and serving food and drinks, etc.
At the Smith Gallery we recognize and appreciate that volunteer involvement builds capacity by providing us with the skills, talents, and perspectives that are essential to our relevance, vitality, and sustainability. It increases our capacity to accomplish our goals through programs and services that respond to and are reflective of, the unique characteristics of the art community.
Volunteering at the Gallery is about building relationships - it connects people to the causes they care about such as preserving art history, or enriching the lives of children, students, adults and seniors through art education. It creates opportunities for the Gallery to accomplish our goals by engaging and involving volunteers, in roles that help with such things as special events. The delivery of many programs would not exist if it wasn't for volunteers. We acknowledge, articulate, and support the vital role of volunteers in achieving our mission. It's important to us that volunteer roles involve people in meaningful ways that reflect their skills, needs, interests, and backgrounds.
We'd be pleased to welcome you as a valued and integral member of the Gallery team.
Gallery Shift options:
12:00pm – 2:30pm and 2:30pm – 5:00pm
Wednesday through Saturday
Please download our volunteer application form:
GSF Volunteer Application Form 2015.pdf
Return completed form along with your most recent CV to: Volunteer Coordinator, the Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists
t: 604 998 8563