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Volunteer AT VAS

As a not-for-profit organisation, the Victorian Artists Society depends on volunteer support from our community of passionate artists and art lovers.  

Becoming a VAS Volunteer allows you an opportunity to learn new skills and develop networks with other like-minded individuals, while using your own unique skill sets and interests within an iconic Melbourne art institution. Our Friends of VAS Volunteers support the gallery in a number of roles. We encourage you to sign up for areas that align with your interests and skills. Training is provided at the beginning of your first shift. Read more about these below! 


Visitor Services

Looking after our gallery spaces, this role offers a great chance to participate in the day-to-day running of our gallery & build connections with visitors and members. With opportunities to attend for half days, visitor service volunteers’ duties include greeting visitors, letting them know about our current program of exhibitions, and responding to general questions.

Gallery Front of House

Our front of house volunteers work closely with our office staff to be a friendly first point of contact for visitors and VAS members. Duties include providing a welcoming presence, pointing out our current program to visitors, operating POS for general merchandise, and operating our phone to direct calls and take messages. This role is best suited after you’ve gotten to know the gallery as a member or through visitor services shifts. Depending on your skill set and preference, there may be opportunities to help with other aspects of the gallery during these shifts such as exhibition preparation, general office tasks, or content creation.

Event Assistance

Throughout the year we have a vibrant calendar of events including exhibition openings, music events, demonstrations, and more! Event volunteers help with general set up and pack down for the event, as well as supporting the kitchen by running plates of refreshments to guests and/or serving at the bar (RSA required). We also participate in city-wide events like Open House Melbourne, or special programs such as our annual Portrait Painters in Action Open Day. Volunteers help at each stage of these events, including getting our heritage building set up and providing a welcoming presence for visitors on the day.  

Please note that we accept Volunteers aged 18 and over. 

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