City of Surrey - Arts - Surrey Art Gallery

Surrey Art Gallery Docent Program - About becoming a volunteer Docent (Gallery Educator)



As a result of measures to limit the spread of the novel corona virus (COVID-19) the Gallery is currently closed to the public, programs and exhibitions have been suspended, and all volunteer shifts have been cancelled. We invite you to explore the Gallery's online programming series - Art Together as an alternative to visiting our physical space and to consider volunteering once we're able to resume the program. 


Docent (Tour Guide)  


The Docent Apprenticeship Program is designed to introduce participants to the intricacies, joys and challenges of working as a gallery educator or docent. Apprentices participate in a program of independent study investigating contemporary art, education theory and touring.


Docent apprentices also learn under the guidance of docent mentors, observe tours and assist with portions of school tours. Finally, apprentices attend docent meetings and assist with tours prior to leading tours independently.



  • Facilitate tours, discussions and hands-on activities for schools and community groups
  • Participate in preparing and planning for exhibit tours
  • Research and study exhibition-related material
  • Liaise with teachers, school groups and gallery staff
  • Participate in ongoing Docent training, gallery lectures and program evaluation


Your qualifications

  • A passion for contemporary art
  • Enjoy working with children and youth
  • Responsible and reliable
  • Comfortable working within a diverse community
  • Great communication and people skills
  • Enjoy contributing to a team and be able to work independently
  • Are 18 years of age or older



  • Contribute to a vital community program – make a real contribution to the arts
  • Learn about contemporary art in sessions with artists, curatorial staff, and gallery educators
  • Camaraderie - engage with a dynamic, friendly social group
  • Develop presentation and public speaking skills
  • Gain experience as an educator
  • Participate in field trips
  • Receive a 10% discount at the SAGA Gift Shop


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About Surrey Art Gallery

The Surrey Art Gallery is the second largest public art gallery in the Metro Vancouver region. Internationally recognized, the Gallery showcases diverse artistic practices, including digital and audio art, by local, national and international artists. Gallery interpretive programs include talks, symposia, demonstrations, workshops and school programs with artists, educators and other specialists.

The Surrey Art Gallery recognizes that our building is situated on the unceded traditional lands of the Salish Peoples including the Katzie, Kwantlen, Musqueam, Semiahmoo, Stó:lō, and Tsawwassen Nations.

Mandate & Goals

Surrey Art Gallery's mission is to engage the public in an ongoing dialogue about issues and ideas that affect our numerous communities, as expressed through contemporary art, and to provide opportunities for the public to interact with artists and the artistic process. It accomplishes these aims through exhibitions, programs, and publications of contemporary art. To meet its mandate, the Surrey Art Gallery also acquires, manages, researches, preserves, and exhibits work from its contemporary art collection, held in trust for present and future citizens of the City of Surrey. The Gallery focuses on contemporary art made since 1975.

The purpose of the Gallery is to facilitate learning about, and understanding and enjoyment of, contemporary art practice. To achieve these goals, the Gallery intends to be:

  • a public forum for conversation about ideas and issues that affect both visual arts and the community at large,
  • a centre for reflection, learning and the sharing of knowledge and experience,
  • a place where, through the medium of art, the community can engage in personal, internal dialogues as well as conversations with others about subjects that affect their lives.