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We love involving volunteers in the work we do and we want to give opportunities to wide a range of people. We are very keen to represent the local area and aim to embody its diverse and vibrant population throughout our teams, artists and collections.

Volunteers are an invaluable part of our gallery team and get involved for many different reasons; including gaining essential first-hand experience in the industry for future job roles or studies, a love of art, to gain transferrable employability skills, to use existing skills and for social enrichment. You do not need to know a lot about art to join us, we only ask for enthusiasm and a willingness to get stuck in.

We welcome people over the age of 18 from all backgrounds, abilities and career stages and hope to be able to support our volunteers in their aims as much as they support us in ours.

Although our roles are currently full, if you are interested in volunteering at The Hepworth Wakefield please email volunteer@hepworthwakefield.org and we will be in touch when volunteering roles become available. If you have any questions or accessibility requirements, we will be happy to help.

“I feel privileged to volunteer in such a fabulous building amongst exciting and ever changing exhibitions. It’s great to be part of a team welcoming and helping visitors, and to be close up to so many amazing works of art”

Our roles

Events Volunteers (Currently full)

Support the wide range of events run throughout the year, from large-scale events (eg Print Fair), to talks and performances. Help with the set up/take down, support artists, assist visitors and lots more. This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience in event logistics and to see behind the scenes of the events at The Hepworth Wakefield.
Commitment level: Ad hoc including weekends and evenings

Gallery Volunteers (Currently Full)

Enhance our visitors’ experience by getting involved in our galleries. Proactively interact with visitors, talking about the exhibitions, events and the wider gallery offer. Learn about the Health & Safety and security standards needed during exhibitions. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience within a gallery and learn much more about the exhibitions held at The Hepworth Wakefield.
Commitment level: At least twice a month

Garden Volunteers (Currently full)

Support our Cultural Gardener to nurture the planting in our garden and green spaces. Tasks vary with the seasons and include litter-picking, hand-weeding and lawn-edging. It is physical work, including bending and lifting. We hold regular weekly volunteering sessions on Tuesday afternoons, Wednesday mornings and Thursday mornings.
Commitment level: Once a week

Learning Volunteers (Currently Full)

Support Artists in the delivery of our learning programme for schools and families. Assist with the set up and running of family workshops, school workshops and other learning activities within the gallery. This is a great opportunity to gain experience within an educational setting whilst encouraging the younger generations to engage with the art world.
Commitment level: At least twice a month