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 (avg 3 hr/week), with the option to increase or 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.

Visitor Experience and Education

This team is the front-line of gallery reception, welcoming visitors during open hours and public events. Volunteers are responsible for developing, presenting and recording exhibition tours and artist interviews (in-person and/or virtual) in collaboration with curatorial staff. This team also directly supports exhibition installation and take-down. Volunteers prep and paint the gallery, plinths and shelves; handle and (un)pack artworks; work with artists to install their artworks; support gallery staff on special builds and tech installs.

Library, Archives and Bookstore

This team manages the gallery's resource library, bookstore and archives. Responsibilities include cataloguing the library, depositing files with Queen's Archives and Libraries, curating publication installations, and assisting with inventory, borrowing-systems, sales, and recommending new acquisitions. This team also leads UG publishing of student writing.

Cézanne's Closet Committee / Fundraising

This team is responsible for developing fundraising strategies to support the gallery. Volunteers coordinate and curate our largest annual fundraising event, Cézanne's Closet. Responsibilities include event management and logistics, designing promotional materials, assisting in marketing, collecting artwork donations, and encouraging ticket sales.

Audience Development and Advocacy

This team is responsible for assisting in the promotion of exhibitions, programs and events, as well as developing outreach initiatives to expand gallery audience and network. Volunteers also support our membership program by recommending and securing enhanced benefits for our members. Volunteers on this committee are representatives on the gallery's Ambassador Program.


Interested individuals are invited to submit an online application well in advance of the desired semester, usually at the beginning of the previous semester, to allow for planning. 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 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.