Volunteer opportunities

Creative consultant taking part in a making session

What can I do?

There are a wide variety of opportunities across Manchester Art Gallery, Gallery of Costume and collections care sites. Your own interests, availability and abilities are a good starting place for choosing a suitable volunteer opportunity.


Volunteering is open to anyone living or studying in Greater Manchester. The roles available fall into three main areas: visitor engagement; office based; and gallery interpretation.

Our volunteers help us meet and greet visitors, deliver art workshops, offer tours, develop exhibitions, look after our collection and fundraise.

To help you decide what opportunity to apply for look at the following questions:

Visitor Engagement Do you:

  • Like meeting and chatting to lots of different people?
  • Enjoy learning new information and sharing that information with individuals and/or groups?
  • Enjoy getting involved in art and craft workshops?
  • Think quickly and creatively on your feet?
  • Have weekends, school holidays and /or weekdays free to volunteer?

Behind the Scenes Are you:

  • Interested in exhibition development, collection care or conservation?
  • Good at working to deadlines?
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team?
  • Free weekdays?
  • Friendly and flexible in your approach to work?

Gallery Interpretation Do you:

  • Enjoy working as part of a team?
  • Want exhibitions and art galleries to be more accessible for different groups of visitors?
  • Think it would be fun and interesting to develop exhibition ideas?
  • Like discussing and debating ideas?
  • Have weekends, school holidays and /or weekdays free to join in group activities


If you would like to be kept updated about volunteer opportunities send your contact details and a sentence about why you would like to volunteer with us to: magvolunteers@manchester.gov.uk and we'll add you to our volunteer mailing list.

As soon as a volunteering opportunity becomes available we'll send it to you along with a form to fill out and return noting your interest. We will select potential volunteers based on the best match between the skills they have, the skills they want to develop and the opportunity.

We're sorry that you may not be selected, we have a very limited number of opportunities to ensure that we give our volunteers a good experience. Some projects only require one volunteer but we also run group projects to give more people the chance to get involved so keep an eye out for these.

Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to involve anyone outside the opportunities that are shared via the mailing list. You can find out about volunteer opportunities in other organisations locally through Volunteer Centre Manchester.


A gallery volunteer in a workshop.
Find out about the volunteer programme at Manchester Art Gallery.