Participation & Learning Volunteer

Aspex is seeking a Participation & Learning Volunteer to assist the Participation & Learning Manager, as well as artists in the delivery of workshops for Aspex.


Aspex, Portsmouth’s leading contemporary art gallery, has been supporting emerging artists for over 36 years, through the delivery of an ambitious exhibition programme, the creation of new artwork, artist development schemes and participatory workshops.


The organisation is now building a team of enthusiastic Volunteers available for on site participatory events throughout the year.


Related workshops


Aspex currently has two key projects for which we are seeking regular, ongoing support:


Family Saturdays – a weekly workshop, every Saturday from 11.00 - 13.00hrs, led by local artists. These are free, drop-in workshops for families to come along and get creative.


Generate – weekly groups for people with dementia, led by artists Abi Wheeler and Roy Eneas. In these sessions the group take part in a variety of skills, sometimes working on their own projects or working as a group. The workshops take place every Friday, 10.30am - 12.30pm.  For Generate it is vital that Aspex has consistency with regards to staff and volunteers, so we are looking for people who can commit to the project.


Please specify on your application form which project you are interested in helping with.


The following is a list of responsibilities typical of a participatory workshop:


●      Assisting the lead artist with the delivery of workshops

●      Assisting in the provision and organisation of materials

●      Assisting with the planning and preparation of workshops

●      Documenting workshops (paying due regard to image consent)

●      Collecting and compiling feedback for evaluation purposes

●      Contribution to the Aspex website & social media (known as #aspex_takepart)

●      General administration relating to the Participation department


Length of commitment:  Ongoing, to be agreed at interview. 


Desirable qualifications, experience, skills and knowledge:

●      An interest in contemporary art and crafts

●      An interest in gallery education

●      Experience of working with children

●      Good IT skills, including a working knowledge of office software and social networking sites 

●      Good communication skills

Training will be given in the following areas:


●      Working as part of an arts organisation/team

●      Gallery education

●      Technology/iPad and relevant software/apps (if required)


  • No DBS check required
  • Suitable for Under 18's
    16years +

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The Vulcan Building
Gunwharf Quays

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