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Our volunteer programme is an essential part of what we do at the Whitworth. We have volunteers who contribute across the whole of the gallery; supporting artists, textile care, art gardening, digitising our collection, cataloguing our library, assisting in the delivery of workshops to large-scale events and much more. As part of The University of Manchester the Whitworth is constantly seeking ways to provide exciting opportunities and innovative ways to volunteers. We welcome everybody and hope make each experience meaningful no matter what your background or experiences.

“Volunteering at the Whitworth has made me a lot happier, given me purpose. I feel like a part of society once more, and making a positive difference in other people’s lives”

Whitworth Volunteer


How to apply

We are open to all at the Whitworth and welcome everyone to express an interest in volunteering.

We will have opportunities coming up to assist during Playtime this Summer 2019 and our Manchester International Festival exhibitions and events.

To register your interest please complete this form and we will be in touch when we’re 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.


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 Volunteers

Assist artists and participate in workshops to learn and explore with families.

Come and volunteer as a family. During weekends and school holidays we have lots of free activities for everyone. Whether with your babies and toddlers or teenagers and grandparents, we offer fun opportunities to volunteer with your whole family. 


Collections Centre Assistants

Support the widespread use of our Collection Centre; alongside our curators, conservation and learning and engagement teams.


Whitworth Young Contemporaries

Our WYCs imagine, develop and take part in creative workshops and events to help shape the Whitworth’s offer for young people every Thursday Late.


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.


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, Together Trust and The Growth Company.

For more information please email our Volunteer Manager, Fiona Cariss