Borough Road Gallery’s programme has been successfully supported by a team of volunteers since opening in 2012. The Gallery’s team of between 10-20 volunteers at any one time is diverse, comprised of artists, individuals with a passion for the arts, members of the community living locally in south London, London South Bank University students, and students from other London universities.
Borough Road Gallery is committed to a positive experience and a fair opportunity for its volunteers; Borough Road Gallery does not support or offer unpaid internships. This opportunity is unpaid, however the Gallery reimburses travel costs within zones 1-3, and endeavors to offer training and additional experience wherever possible.
Borough Road Gallery Volunteers have gone on to gain internships at Ben Uri Gallery, The National Gallery, and Hales Gallery, as well as positions at the Public Catalogue Foundation and the V&A. Volunteers have commented that their experience volunteering at Borough Road Gallery has been invaluable to them gaining these positions. However, not all Gallery Volunteers join the team in order to gain work experience, many volunteers have joined for the opportunity to meet new people with similar interests which volunteering at Borough Road Gallery offers.
“[The best things about the volunteer programme are] the opportunity to work in a professionally run gallery and to interact with the public. I also enjoyed gaining knowledge about Bomberg in order to impart knowledge to our visitors and enter into varying discussions about Bomberg and the Borough Group.”
“[Through volunteering] I wanted to be involved in the art world and to have social interaction with like-minded people. I also wanted to gain knowledge and experience. I have learnt an incredible amount about an artist that I knew of but wasn’t that familiar with.”
“I really like the work of the Borough Group and as I live relatively locally so it was easy for me to get to the gallery. I also appreciated the flexibility on hours and the reasonable demands on my time.”
“[Through volunteering] I’ve gained greater confidence in working with the public and a more developed knowledge of working in the gallery sector.”
“[The volunteer social was] a great evening; visually, intellectually and most importantly socially. I’m so glad I found you and you gave me the chance of being part of something special.”
Join the team
If you are interested in joining the Borough Road Gallery volunteering team please first read the Borough Road Gallery Volunteer Role Description, and visit the Gallery’s About, Exhibitions and Events pages. If you think this opportunity is right for you, then please contact us with a few lines about yourself and why you are interested in volunteering.
Applications will be considered at any time, however there are often rounds of volunteer recruitment prior to each new exhibition. Recruitment rounds will be advertised on this page, on the Gallery News page, Gallery Twitter feed, and websites such as Arts Council England Arts Jobs.
Images (clockwise L-R): Gallery Volunteer and Borough Road Gallery Student Rep 2014/15 Walden Huntley-Fenner; Volunteer Social, March 2015; Gallery Volunteer Danielle Bourassa-Young. All images with thanks to our volunteers © Borough Road Gallery.