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Gallery & Events Volunteering

The Nunnery Gallery is seeking a team of enthusiastic volunteers to support its diverse range of local, national and international exhibitions and events. We are currently seeking volunteers for our coming exhibition which runs from Friday 28th September to Sunday 16th December 2018.

Visions in the Nunnery is back – the Nunnery Gallery’s renowned showcase of recent moving image and performance. Three programmes will present an international overview of some of the most exciting and boundary-pushing digital art, showing over 60 international artists selected from over 1,000 submissions.

Opening with Tina Keane, Programme 1 explores gender, the body and obsession, showing Keane’s Deviant Beauty (1996) and Couch (2003) alongside 14 other artists’ work: Andrés Barón; Jason Bernagozzi; fair brane; Becky Brewis; Alice Evans; Katharine Fry; Anna Garner; Rosie Gibbens; Lana Locke; Marcus Orlandi; Linda Persson; Vanessa Scully; Maxima Smith; Rhea Storr.

Programme 2 premieres a new work from lead artist Melanie Manchot, Out of Bounds (C) (2018), which continues Manchot’s ongoing exploration of the socio-economic and ecological microclimate of a Swiss mountain and its alpine community.

Programme 3 is headed by Welsh artist Bedwyr Williams, who is presenting both performance and film as part of Visions’ closing programme. Williams’ work is often fantastical, surreal and humorous – telling the idiosyncratic and everyday narratives of people’s lives. 

Volunteering with us is an ideal opportunity for students and those wishing to develop a career in the arts, or those local to the area looking to get more involved with their local community and history. Bow Arts volunteers will gain hands on experience with a dynamic and creative arts charity in the arts hub of east London.

Shifts are organised on a rota basis around volunteers’ availability and other commitments. Shifts are available Tuesday – Sunday 10am to 5pm (with an hour for lunch), or 6pm – 9pm for events.

Please email for more information.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to:

• Welcome visitors to ensure they have an enjoyable time at the gallery.

• Develop the day-to-day experience of working in a gallery/exhibition space.

• Learn more about exhibitions, with the chance to meet the curators / Gallery Director.

• Interact with visitor/community groups.

• Gain experience in looking after the gallery shop.

• Conduct safety/condition checks of artworks.

We’re looking for people who:

• Have an interest in the arts.

• Would like to meet new people and develop skills in interacting with the public.

• Are friendly and reliable.

• Are ideally able to take on at least one shift a week during the exhibition period (schedule depending, fewer shifts may be available).

In return Bow Arts can offer:

• Hands on experience of working for an established arts organisation in the heart of East London.

• Build confidence in interacting with visitors.

• Professional training from the gallery team at Bow Arts.

• Reimburse travel and food expenses.

If you are interested, or for more information, please send a short cover email (and CV if appropriate) to

We look forward to hearing from you!


Bow Arts states that this volunteering opportunity is exempt from the national minimum wage.