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.

 

 Responsibilities

  • 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

 

Rewards!

  • 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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