"I volunteer at Open Space as a way of supporting the Open Space team and their efforts to bring diverse programming to our community. The variety of volunteer opportunities leaves something for everyone, and has allowed me to develop various skills. I’ve had the chance to participate in gallery installation, assist with special events on and off site, and archival work. There always seems to be new ways to get involved, and I feel grateful especially for the experiences where I could be part of truly forward-thinking and enlightening initiatives.” 

 -Margaret Lapp, Open Space Volunteer since 2014

At Open Space, our success is based on the generosity and support of our volunteers. Having only three permanent staff members, we could not complete our dynamic artistic programming without the help of our over 100 supportive volunteers. In 2014, our volunteers contributed the equivalent of $29,496 in 1599.25 hours, which is the equivalent of a full-time gallery assistant.
Typical volunteer positions:
  • Events and Openings Assistance - Aid the set up, take down, and the tending of bar for performances, while listening to music performances, literary readings, or artist’s talks.
  • Technical Assistance - Contribute your expertise in audio, art installation, lighting, painting, and striking exhibitions.
  • Volunteer Coordinator - Help schedule and organize fellow volunteers, as well as assisting with event planning for a volunteer thank you party.
  • Clerical Assistance - Have a knack for filing, phoning, mailing, or data entry? We have an abundance of tasks to keep you busy.
Interested in other types of work? Open Space can help devise a volunteer role that fits your interests, capabilities, and time commitments.

Benefits of volunteering: 

Volunteering at Open Space is not only fun, but a great way to network with other artists in the community, country, and from around the world. Open Space volunteers gain practical skills and development by working alongside professionals and visiting artists.
If you are interested in becoming more involved in Open Space, you may also be interested in becoming an Open Space member! We have recently waived the membership fee, so all you need to register is a willingness to participate. Read more about membership here.

Benefits of membership:

  • Opportunity to interact with artists from all over the world.
  • Participate in the local arts community of Victoria.
  • Learn about the workings of an artist-run centre.
  • Subscription to our monthly e-newsletter.
  • Access to in-house printing.
  • Discounts on merch.
  • Voting privileges at the Annual General Meeting.
  • Contribute feedback on major organizational changes.
  • Eligible to stand for election to the Board of Directors
To become a volunteer, fill out the online form below, or send an email to volunteer [at] openspace.ca


Become a Volunteer!