Volunteers are an essential part of Union Gallery. We aim to offer volunteer opportunities that are as beneficial to our volunteers as they are to our organization. Our volunteer positions centre experiential learning. Volunteer terms are 1 semester (two 3 hr shifts/week ), with the option to extend. Volunteer terms may take place in the Fall, Winter or Spring/Summer semester and are dependent on gallery capacity. There are many ways that volunteers can get involved with UG. Volunteer positions are open to Queen's University and other post-secondary students at both the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as artists and community members.

All volunteers are the front-line of gallery reception, welcoming visitors during open hours and public events. They directly support exhibition installation and gain hands-on experience with art handling. We have three specialized teams which focus on archives, writing, and curation:


This team manages the gallery's resource library, bookstore and archives. Responsibilities include cataloguing the library, depositing files with Queen's Archives and Libraries, and assisting with inventory, borrowing-systems, sales, and recommending new acquisitions.


This team leads UG publishing of student writing and facilitates workshops and interviews with student artists. Volunteers are responsible for planning and recording in-person and/or virtual interviews which align with current exhibitions and programming. Writing may include but not limited to: exhibition reviews, essays, artist interviews, and asking art questions.


This team coordinates and curates the what are you reading? exhibition series and works in collaboration with curatorial staff to develop exhibition tours. Responsibilities include curating publication installations, researching and reflecting on UG archives, and building meaningful relationships with student artists and community members.


Interested individuals are invited to submit an online application by September 9, 2022. Acceptance will be based on interviews and is contingent on gallery capacity. Applicants are invited to identify their preferred volunteer areas of interest, which will be taken into consideration alongside evolving gallery needs. As a space centred in experiential learning, previous gallery experience is not required. Applications will be reviewed by the Program Director. All those who submit interest will be contacted. Short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview.
Submit your candidacy by completing this online Volunteer Application.
We are currently seeking volunteers to join for Fall + Winter 2022/2023.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please reach out: ugallery@queensu.ca / 613.533.3171


Union Gallery is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our programming and operations. UG welcomes applications from qualified individuals of all sexualities, races, gender identities, socioeconomic statuses, and (dis)abilities. We strongly encourage applications from equity-seeking communities. UG recognizes that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), QPOC (Queer People of Colour) and 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, +) are disproportionately underrepresented within institutional art spaces. Due to ongoing systemic barriers, UG prioritizes applicants who self-identify as BIPOC, QPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+. If you would like to, please indicate if you self-identify as a member of any equity-seeking groups in your application.