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Volunteer with MK Gallery!

 
We are recruiting a volunteer team to provide invaluable support to the Front of House staff, through invigilation of exhibitions, events assistance and visitor services provisions.

Our Volunteers are the friendly, informative and responsive face of MK Gallery. They welcome visitors; engage people in conversations to enable deeper understanding of the exhibitions and programmes; answer questions; promote future activities and collect visitor feedback, to ensure that MK Gallery runs effectively and is able to deliver world-class cultural experiences.


What's involved?


We currently have volunteer opportunities available supporting the exhibitions and front of house and events. We would be delighted to welcome you to the team. You can give as much or as little time as you are able. Keep checking on this page to see new opportunities for taking part in the work we do. 

Why get involved?

  • Become a valued member of a team of volunteers and professionals who are passionate about delivering a world-class arts programme in the heart of Milton Keynes.
  • Develop new skills or build upon existing customer service and communication skills.
  • Gain experience volunteering in a gallery environment and learn about how we run our exhibitions and events.
  • Be invited to private exhibition tours with artists and curators prior to opening new exhibitions.
  • Enjoy a 50% discount off of food and beverages at the MK Gallery Café Bar.


How to get involved

If you are interested in volunteering with MK Gallery log in and complete our application form, on the form you will need to give contact details for two referees. Once complete you will then be contacted to arrange a meeting with our Volunteer Manager.

 

Whether you are a long-term regular volunteer or if you fancy dipping in or out you will be made very welcome in the MK Gallery team.

 

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MK Gallery Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer Event Usher


EVENT USHER

Are you a people person who enjoys the buzz of a live event? If so why not join our friendly team of event ushers who play an integral role at MK Gallery by welcoming and orienting visitors at our live events. Most events take place in The Sky Room auditorium which offers stunning views over Campbell Park and beyond while bringing the best contemporary film, music, performance, thought provoking lectures and a range of comedy nights to the city centre. 

 
WHAT'S INVOLVED?

  • Welcome guests to the events space, check tickets, guide visitors to their seats and provide directions to our facilities.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of our events programme in order to answer visitor enquiries.
  • At quieter moments make a difference to a visitor’s experience by asking them what they thought of the show or by recommending upcoming events.
  • In the event of an emergency support the Fire Wardens with evacuation of the building
  • Ensure that health and safety is maintained at all times.

WHY GET INVOLVED?

  • Become a valued member of a team of volunteers and professionals who are passionate about delivering a world-class arts programme in the heart of Milton Keynes.
  • Develop new skills or build upon existing customer service and communication skills.
  • Gain experience volunteering in a gallery environment and learn about how we run our exhibitions and events.
  • Enjoy a 50% discount off of food and beverages at the MK Gallery Café Bar.

 

Volunteer Gallery Assistant

GALLERY ASSISTANT VOLUNTEER 

Gallery Assistant Volunteers are a vital part of the team. As a Gallery Assistant Volunteer, you will be warm and friendly, highly engaged in the arts and the work of MK Gallery and keen to share your knowledge and interest with our visitors. You will play an important part in shaping the visitor experience we provide whilst keeping the safety of the artworks and our visitors a top priority.

WHAT'S INVOLVED?

  • Provide a warm welcome to all visitors
  • Invigilate the galleries to ensure the safety and security of visitors and the works on display
  • In the event of an emergency support the Fire Wardens with evacuation of the building
  • If of interest it is also possible to work with the Exhibitions team to deliver exhibition tours, spotlight stories and introductory talks
  • You will required to attend a training session (for approximately 1 hour), complete a credit check (due to high value of art work) and complete our internal application form to comply with our volunteer policies, terms and conditions.

 

WHY GET INVOLVED?

  • Become a valued member of a team of volunteers and professionals who are passionate about delivering a world-class arts programme in the heart of Milton Keynes
  • Develop new skills or build upon existing customer service and communication skills.
  • Gain experience volunteering in a gallery environment and learn about how we run our exhibitions and events.
  • Be invited to private exhibition tours with artists and curators prior to opening new exhibitions.
  • Enjoy a 50% discount off of food and beverages at the MK Gallery Café Bar.

Volunteer Tour Guide


VOLUNTEER TOUR GUIDE

Volunteer Tour Guides are an important part of the team working to ensure the continuing success of MK Gallery, ensuring we deliver the best quality of visitor experience to all.

As a Volunteer Tour Guide, you will be warm and friendly, highly engaged in the arts and the work of MK Gallery and keen to share your knowledge and interest with our visitors. You will play an important part in shaping the visitor experience we provide.

WHAT'S INVOLVED?

  • Work with the Exhibitions team to deliver exhibition tours, spotlight stories and introductory talks
  • Help visitors get the most out of their experience by answering questions and sharing knowledge.
  • Being comfortable speaking to crowds.
  • Being comfortable managing crowds and help respect other visitors’ experience (making sure no door or passage is obstructed).
  • Being an ambassador for MK Gallery and learn about the current exhibition.
  • Help maintain a safe and secure environment.
  • Treat all visitors, volunteers and staff with respect, impartiality and dignity.
  • In the event of an emergency support the Fire Wardens with evacuation of the building.

 

WHY GET INVOLVED?

  • Become a valued member of a team of volunteers and professionals who are passionate about delivering a world-class arts programme in the heart of Milton Keynes.
  • Develop new skills or build upon existing customer service and communication skills.
  • Gain experience volunteering in a gallery environment and learn about how we run our exhibitions and events.
  • Be invited to private exhibition tours with artists and curators prior to opening new exhibitions.
  • Enjoy a 50% discount off of food and beverages at the MK Gallery Café Bar.

Volunteer Gallery Assistant Weekend Team

GALLERY ASSISTANT VOLUNTEER weekend team

Gallery Assistant Volunteers are a vital part of the team. As a Gallery Assistant Volunteer at weekends, you will be warm and friendly, highly engaged in the arts and the work of MK Gallery and keen to share your knowledge and interest with our visitors. You will play an important part in shaping the visitor experience we provide whilst keeping the safety of the artworks and our visitors a top priority.

WHAT'S INVOLVED?

  • Provide a warm welcome to all visitors
  • Invigilate the galleries to ensure the safety and security of visitors and the works on display
  • In the event of an emergency support the Fire Wardens with evacuation of the building
  • If of interest it is also possible to work with the Exhibitions team to deliver exhibition tours, spotlight stories and introductory talks
  • You will required to attend a training session (for approximately 1 hour), complete a credit check (due to high value of art work) and complete our internal application form to comply with our volunteer policies, terms and conditions.

 

WHY GET INVOLVED?

  • Become a valued member of our weekend team of volunteers and professionals who are passionate about delivering a world-class arts programme in the heart of Milton Keynes
  • Develop new skills or build upon existing customer service and communication skills.
  • Gain experience volunteering in a gallery environment and learn about how we run our exhibitions and events.
  • Be invited to private exhibition tours with artists and curators prior to opening new exhibitions.
  • Enjoy a 50% discount off of food and beverages at the MK Gallery Café Bar.

 

Volunteer Event Usher for Children's Films

EVENT USHER CHILDREN’S FILMS

Are you a people person who enjoys supporting families? If so why not join our friendly team of event ushers who play an integral role at MK Gallery by welcoming and orienting visitors at our Children’s Films.
 

WHAT'S INVOLVED?

  • Welcome guests to the events space, check tickets, guide visitors to their seats and provide directions to our facilities.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of our events programme in order to answer visitor enquiries.
  • At quieter moments make a difference to a visitor’s experience by asking them what they thought of the show or by recommending upcoming events.
  • In the event of an emergency support the Fire Wardens with evacuation of the building
  • Ensure that health and safety is maintained at all times.

WHY GET INVOLVED?

  • Become a valued member of a team of volunteers and professionals who are passionate about delivering a world-class arts programme in the heart of Milton Keynes.
  • Develop new skills or build upon existing customer service and communication skills.
  • Gain experience volunteering in a gallery environment and learn about how we run our exhibitions and events.
  • Enjoy a 50% discount off of food and beverages at the MK Gallery Café Bar.

 

Volunteer Retail Assistant

VOLUNTEER RETAIL ASSISTANT

Volunteer Retail Assistants are a vital part of the team working to ensure the continuing success of MK Gallery, ensuring we deliver the best quality of visitor experience to all. Retail Assistant Volunteers work from the Reception desk helping customers. They are motivated people who provide an exceptional experience and standard of engagement to every visitor, encouraging active engagement in the MK Gallery programme. As a Retail Assistant Volunteer, you will be warm and friendly, highly engaged in the arts and the work of MK Gallery and keen to share your knowledge and interest with our visitors. You may have retail experience or keen to develop retail skills. You will play an important part in shaping the visitor experience we provide whilst keeping our visitors a top priority. This is a regular role, we are looking for a minimum 4 hours commitment a week.

 
WHAT'S INVOLVED?

  • Provide a warm welcome to all visitors and provide excellent customer service.
  • Support the Retail Coordinators by working on the till processing sales, prepare stock, including sorting and pricing, replenish stock on the shop floor, stock take and other administrative tasks.
  • To invigilate in the exhibitions when required.
  • To be a Fire Warden to help with evacuation of the building.
  • If of interest it is also possible to work with the Exhibitions team to deliver exhibition tours, spotlight stories and introductory talks.
  • This role will include lifting and carrying.
  • You will need to complete our internal application form, to comply with our volunteer policies, terms and conditions. You will be interviewed to see if this is a suitable role for you. You will receive training and support from our Front of House team.

 

WHY GET INVOLVED?

  • Become a valued member of a team of volunteers and professionals who are passionate about delivering a world-class arts programme in the heart of Milton Keynes.
  • Meet new people every day.
  • Enhance your CV and boost your job prospects; develop new retail, IT and admin skills, or build upon existing customer service and communication skills.
  • Gain experience volunteering in a gallery environment and learn about how we run our exhibitions and events.
  • Be invited to private exhibition tours with artists and curators prior to opening new exhibitions.
  • Enjoy a 50% discount off of food and beverages at the MK Gallery Café Bar.