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Gallery & Events Volunteering

The Nunnery Gallery works with a team of enthusiastic volunteers who support its diverse range of local, national and international exhibitions and events. We are currently seeking volunteers for our upcoming exhibition Lightboxes + Lettering which will be on from Friday January 17th until Sunday 29th March 2020.

Lightboxes + Lettering explores and records the significant history of the printing industry in east London, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Lightboxes + Lettering, an exhibition by Rendezvous Projects, tells the story of the print industry across the 20th century, focusing on the east London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest. The show uncovers and presents a wealth of material: from historic examples of print to objects, photographs of iconic businesses and workers’ memories, told through a new collection of oral histories. Using archive and newly found material from companies, co-ops and radical presses, the exhibition examines and documents changes in the print industry, exploring the role east London played and the influences of new and digital technologies. Forgotten and intricate techniques are celebrated, with beautiful examples of print on display. 

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 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 4pm (with an hour for lunch), or 6pm – 9pm for events.

Please email nunnery@bowarts.com 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.

• Learn more about caring for archival objects in an exhibition context

• Conduct safety/condition checks of artworks.

We’re looking for people who:

• Have an interest in the arts, social history and/or local history 

• 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 nunnery@bowarts.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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