Our volunteer programme is an essential part of what we do at the Whitworth. We have over 150 volunteers who contribute across the whole of the gallery; supporting artists, textile care, art gardening, digitising our collection and assisting in the delivery of intimate workshops to large-scale events.
Our Core Roles
GROW Art Gardeners
Develop skills and help maintain our Sculpture terrace, art and orchard garden. Assist on our GROW workshops.
Every Tues, Weds and Thurs.
Family Workshop Assistants
Assist artists and participate in workshops to learn and explore with families.
Sundays and School Holidays.
Collections Centre Assistants
Support the widespread use of our Collection Centre; alongside our curators, conservation and learning and engagement teams.
Whitworth Young Contemporaries Student Producers
WYC Student Producers imagine, develop and take part in creative workshops and events to help shape the Whitworth’s offer for young people
Weds afternoons and Thursday Lates.
Early Years Studio Assistants
Assisting creatively with young children to provide a space for playful experimentation. Facilitating this through good communication a child-led, friendly, role-modeling.
Support the production of events from the planning to the delivery and to engage directly with staff, guests and visitors to the Whitworth.
Weekends and Thursday Lates.
Learning from our conservation team you will be preparing storage rollers, re-rolling textiles, unpicking stitching and taking care of our vast textile collection.
Every Weds afternoon.
How to apply
We are open to all at the Whitworth and welcome everyone to express an interest in volunteering.
We are currently recruiting for Family Workshop Assistants, Events Assistants and Collections Centre Assistants.
Please fill in the form via this link to register your interest and we will be in touch in July.
As part of The University of Manchester, the Whitworth is constantly seeking ways to provide exciting opportunities and innovative ways to involve volunteers.
We are part of if: Volunteering for Wellbeing supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.
We welcome interest from local organisations, community groups and individuals to take part in placements across the gallery. We have had volunteer placements from Streetwise Opera, Venture Arts, Safety for Sisters and The Growth Company.
For more information please email our Volunteer Manager Fiona Cariss