Photo by Emilie Swann

Delivering a rewarding volunteer programme is a vital part of our mandate at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange. Our team of volunteers bring energy and creativity to the gallery spaces every day, as they help us deliver a busy programme of exhibitions, events and workshops, and present the public face of the gallery.

Our volunteers have many different motivations, such as gaining experience in a high profile gallery as part of a career in the visual arts, or simply learning transferable skills. It’s also an opportunity to meet like-minded people or to play an active role in the community. However, all volunteers have in common an interest in contemporary visual art which they are able to develop and disseminate through their engagement with people and ideas.

We are currently looking for people to cover Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays from 24 Jul – 11 Sep, either a morning shift (10.00-13.00) or afternoon shift (13.00 – 17.00).
Our Front of House team is responsible for greeting all visitors when they arrive, telling them about the  exhibitions, manning the front desk, selling items in the shop, and invigilating in the gallery spaces when necessary. This role involves face-to-face interaction with the public and is one of the most vital roles in the organisation.

11.00 – 15.00 daily
This role is largely based in the exhibition spaces, talking to visitors and helping us to complete our target of  Audience Agency Surveys each day. Strong communication skills are necessary to interact with visitors, gallery staff and external visiting groups.


As well as becoming part of a team, improving your career development and working in an important venue for contemporary art, all volunteers receive a 20% discount in the shop and café, as well as for events, workshops and courses. There are also opportunities such as Volunteer Exhibitions and various social events. All volunteers are entitled to free hot drinks while on shift and we cover the cost of lunch for those that volunteer for a full day. We also make a generous contribution to your travel expenses.

If you’re interested in volunteering and have a little time to spare, we would love to hear from you. Contact us on 01736 363715 or email [email protected]