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The dedication, loyalty and enthusiasm of the AGH Volunteer Committee is greatly valued. Since the Gallery was established more than 100 years ago, our Volunteers have exemplified the spirit of the AGH. Working in collaboration with staff, AGH Volunteers support Gallery initiatives and services, delivering a wonderful experience for all our visitors.
Explore the positions below to find out how you can contribute to the Gallery as a Volunteer. No matter your age or skill set, there’s a place for you here at the AGH!
Docents are specially educated Volunteers who facilitate tour experiences for visiting groups of all ages. Each year, the AGH welcomes over 8,000 students for discovery tours, adult touring groups and public tours several times a week.
Following a ten-session training course, new Docents become actively involved in delivering exhibition tours to school groups ranging from kindergarten to Grade 12. Docents also attend regular meetings where they review and discuss exhibition information, artists and their works, touring techniques, art research, etc. As well, AGH Curators and other guest speakers deliver in-depth talks about current exhibitions and art in general. Docents engage in personal research and tour development strategies, work collaboratively with their peers and are computer-literate. The AGH trains new Docents as the need arises; please ask about the next class.
While we are not actively recruiting new docents at this time, if you are interested in getting involved, please forward your resume and volunteer application form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AGH runs fun and dynamic March Break and Summer Camp programs each year. Volunteers support the activities led by Artist-Instructors and Counselors; they assist in set-up and clean-up, support art activities, run games, and support campers during break times. Volunteers help with the supervision of students to ensure their safety and help oversee drop-off and pick-up periods.
Hours spent at the AGH will qualify for OSSD Volunteer Hour requirements, and a letter of completion will be provided at the end of the Camp program. Volunteers must be a minimum of 14 years of age. Preference is given to those with babysitting experience.
The Film Series is our monthly film program, showcasing the best in Canadian, international, and art house feature films and documentaries at the Lincoln Alexander Centre. Screenings typically occur on Wednesdays once or twice a month. As a film volunteer, you will assist with program awareness, event set-up and tear-down, ticketing, technical support or customer assistance for various events. Film volunteers also support the Film Festival, an annual 10-day event in October, including several lead-up events.
The AGH hosts a variety of community-based events ranging from our annual Family picnic, to seasonal exhibition openings and special education programming for local students. In addition, the AGH hosts private functions including weddings, showers and private parties. Enthusiastic front-line Volunteers help ensure the smooth execution and facilitation of these events during evening, weekend, and daytime shifts. Roles are typically customer facing and include, greeting & directing, coat check and event assistance.
The AGH welcomes over 250,000 visitors annually from Hamilton, and beyond. As a Volunteer, you will run the Visitor Services desk where you will be the first point of contact and instill a positive impression of the Gallery. You will provide information on Gallery exhibitions, programs and events, as well as process admission, Membership sales and ticket sales.
The Art Gallery of Hamilton operates the Shop at AGH, where we showcase art and design related merchandise and support local and regional artists as part of our Art Sales + Services program. Volunteers are responsible for carrying out a variety of functions within retail operations, including stocking, merchandising display, and customer service. The Shop at AGH is open Wednesday through Sunday.
Resting with Warriors 2001
Shelley Niro (Mohawk b. 1954)
series of 4 woodcuts on wove paper, Purchase, Permanent Collection Fund, 2016
© Courtesy Shelley Niro