Volunteers the lifeblood of Geelong Gallery

Andrew, Dylan, Amy, Jason, Adriana, Lisa, Vic, James, Georgie, Roxie, Emma, Sarah, Bella and Garry. (pictures supplied)

Last financial year, a team of 100 volunteers collectively donated 3296 hours to Geelong Gallery.

These dedicated individuals work across many different areas of gallery

life, including invigilation, visitor services, education and child-focused programs, opening nights, special events, and the guides program.

They bring a myriad of experiences and expertise to the gallery, enriching the life and culture of its visitors.

The gallery also acknowledges the support of the board and support groups Geelong Gallery Conservation and Geelong Contemporary, and Geelong Gallery Foundation. These groups support the growth and presentation of contemporary art, organise events that provide exclusive access to people and places, and raise funds for the long-term benefit of the gallery.

Volunteers are the backbone of Geelong Gallery, contributing to the vibrant community and daily operations. Their dedication enables the gallery to foster strong community engagement through our excellent collection, exhibitions, programs and learning experiences for everyone.

Geelong Gallery’s exceptional exhibition program reflects its commitment to artistic excellence and inclusive, life-long learning. Their volunteers play a crucial role in this, whether they’re supporting the events or getting creative with the school holiday programs. Their diverse backgrounds bring unique perspectives and skills that enhance the gallery experience for all.

Geelong Gallery’s rich collection tells a detailed story of the evolution of the city and region from European settlement to the present day, with works by artists of national and international importance.

That uniqueness is underscored and amplified by the gallery’s growing collection of works by Wadawurrung artists and other first nations artists living and practising on Wadawurrung Country.

Volunteering at Geelong Gallery offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in this 127-year history of art including works by renowned artists Eugene von Guérard, Clarice Beckett, Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Frederick McCubbin.

The gallery’s work experience programs for young people continue to address the critical need for all young people to have access to meaningful work experience that supports workplace learning and access to high quality and relevant education. The program also provides support to local employment and training networks and cross-sector collaborations.

The gallery is lucky to have the support of community organisations Geelong Community Foundation and Scanlon Foundation to help offer these rewarding opportunities.

Located within Geelong’s vibrant Cultural Precinct by the picturesque Johnstone Park, Geelong Gallery is an important destination in Geelong, and its volunteers make a meaningful contribution to our community.

“We are incredibly grateful to the support of our amazing volunteers for allowing the rich history of Geelong Gallery to continue and thrive,” the gallery says.

“Thank you for your sustained dedication and vision. Your hard work and enthusiasm make Geelong Gallery a thriving hub of culture and creativity.

Join us and discover how you can make a difference while enjoying exclusive art experiences.”