Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art



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Centre A relies on the dedication and commitment of volunteers to help us in a number of ways. Our volunteers provide essential support to Centre A’s staff and ensure that visitors leave with a rewarding experience. As a non-profit public art gallery, Centre A relies on an active and engaged team of volunteers to provide invaluable support for a range of tasks including web building, installation assistance, library cataloguing, and assisting with opening receptions, talks, screenings, galas, and gallery orientation.

We would like to thank the wonderful array of interns, co-op students, and volunteers that have helped us throughout the years.

How to participate

If you are interested in getting involved, meeting new people, developing new skills and learning how a public art gallery functions, please feel free to contact us!

Available volunteer positions are listed below. To apply, please complete this online Volunteer Application Form. If there are additional skills or experience you would like to bring to the Centre A team, please let us know!

For more information, email [email protected] or call (604) 683-8326. We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteer Positions

Gallery attendants play an important role in visitor management. Attendants are responsible for greeting visitors, answering questions, and providing information on Centre A and our exhibitions to the public. Attendants should be interested in learning and sharing about artists and their work, and conduct themselves in a friendly manner. In addition to attending the gallery, we often engage Gallery Attendants with a variety of marketing, administration, and library-related tasks.

Arguably the most fun role, Install Assistants assist our curatorial staff, contract technicians, and artists with the installation and/or de-installation of artwork. Tasks include wall patching and painting, installing hanging hardware, assisting with wiring AV equipment, art unpacking and packing, and other safe and low-risk tasks. Shifts are periodic, occurring on installation and de-installation days prior to and after exhibitions. Gallery Manager will send out a call for installation assistants no later than one week prior to the installation and de-installation dates. Stay tuned! This is a great opportunity for someone looking to gain experience working alongside artists and technicians.

Skilled in photo-documentation of exhibitions and events, Photographers help us record Centre A’s history. Ideally, Photographers would be capable of committing to a few afternoons and evenings per month. Most shifts are 1~3 hours. For qualifying professionals who may like to donate their services, a donation of services arrangement may be possible. Photos will be taken for archival and marketing purposes, and when the photos are used for promotional materials, or on our social media, a credit will always be given.

Located in Vancouver’s Chinatown, Centre A values opportunities to engage our neighbours and the Chinese-speaking community at large. Volunteer Translators should be able to read and write fluently in Traditional Chinese and/or Simplified Chinese. Translators’ tasks include translating exhibition texts and writing promotional materials for exhibitions, so knowledge of art and art history vocabulary is a strong asset. For qualifying professionals who would like to donate their services, a donation of services arrangement may be possible.

Event Assistants help run Centre A’s opening receptions, panel discussions, artist talks, screenings, from set-up to clean-up, and everything in between. Event Assistants should be friendly, attentive, and capable of working well in a fast-paced, public-facing environment. Serving It Right certification is a strong asset. This is a wonderful opportunity for the Event Assistants to interact with Centre A’s artists, patrons, members, and other guests.

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