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Exhibition Assistants

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Mohini Chandra exhibition install - image credit: Sarah Packer
Exhibitions Assistants work with MIRROR on supporting the installation of exhibitions.
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Mohini Chandra exhibition install - image credit: Sarah Packer

Exhibitions Assistants work with MIRROR on supporting the installation of exhibitions. Students who volunteer gain practical skills (that can be used when presenting their own work); behind the scenes knowledge of how exhibitions are put together; an understanding of curatorial processes and different artists' approaches. The Gallery Curators share as much detail as possible in this trusted environment where everyone is treated equally. The Curators also offer support for volunteers in their own work, through optional studio visits, feedback on applications/projects and references for future work

Key responsibilities:

  • Prepare the gallery for exhibitions
  • Assist with the receipt and handling of artworks
  • Work to high gallery standards as set by the Gallery Curators, technicians and artists
  • Maintain a safe gallery environment for yourself and others, complying with the University’s Health and Safety policy
  • De-install exhibitions and pack artwork ready to be transported
  • The volunteer role requires physical work, including sanding, painting, lifting, packing and cleaning

Desired skills:

  • Excellent listening and communication skills
  • Knowledge of hand tools and practical skills preferred
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a team
  • Problem solving skills
  • Professional approach and attitude, trustworthy and reliable

You must be a current student at Arts University Plymouth on a Foundation Diploma, BA or MA programme.

Time Commitment:

You will be expected to commit to working as an Exhibition Assistant for a full year and during this year to work on 3 exhibition installs. Exhibition installs take place between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday over a two week period. Your exact hours will be agreed with you based on your availability to fit around your studies. You will not be expected to work every day or full days.

Echo install

How to apply?

To apply please complete the application form below. We recommend that you download the application form questions (see link below) and complete and save your answers in advance (checking the word counts) before copying and pasting your answers into the form and submitting.

Before completing the application form, please speak to your Programme Leader about the role to discuss how this will fit amongst your studies. As part of the selection process the gallery team will contact all relevant staff members to discuss students suitability for the role so it's important that you have this conversation.

Video Applications:

We also accept applications via video. If choosing to submit a video file please see the application form for specified time limits in which to answer the questions.

  • Please upload your video to Vimeo, YouTube or another online platform or website
  • Please paste the link to your video in each text box of the application form. If your video is password-protected, please include the password as well.

As part of your application, we will also ask you to complete a monitoring form to help us better understand who our opportunities are reaching and to work towards a more inclusive sector. The information you give is anonymised and is not linked to your application.

Selection Process:

There are a limited number of volunteer places available. Applications are reviewed by Hannah Rose (Curator) and Elaine Sinclair (Assistant Curator). As part of the selection process, we will also contact your Subject Leader to discuss your suitability for the role.

Download a Word doc version of the application form below.