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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.

Events Assistants

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.


Textile Care

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.
Please complete this form if you'd like to get more information on volunteering opportunities and we will be in touch when we’re next recruiting.

Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to involve everyone who approaches us, but we are always thinking of new ways to include volunteers whilst making each experience and opportunity meaningful for existing volunteers.


Further information

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