FRIENDLY CULTURE: Harry Gallagher, Marilyn Haertel, Kim Price and Kim Scrimshaw agree that volunteers are integral.
FRIENDLY CULTURE: Harry Gallagher, Marilyn Haertel, Kim Price and Kim Scrimshaw agree that volunteers are integral. Brenda Strong GLAARRT

You can keep the gallery alive by volunteering your time

THE roles available for volunteers at the Regional Art Gallery are as varied as the exhibitions showcased.

History, culture, creativity and passion are embodied in each volunteer who says they live and breathe art.

The reward they gain from volunteering is not a plaque, or accreditation.

It is delivering an exhibition that rivals that of any cultural centre - watching crowds young and old leave the gallery after interacting with an enriching experience.

Administration officer Debbie Anderson says volunteers add an incalculable amount to each and every exhibition.

"We would be in a dire situation without these guys," she said.

"There is a huge amount of reliance upon them for the success of our gallery."

Four of the volunteers who have invested time into the gallery each receive a different form of gratification.

For Marilyn Haertel, a retiree, the process is as much about personal gain.

"It's keeping the grey matter alive," she laughs.

"We get to learn how to operate the front desk, we learn about art and artists, it can be really fascinating."

Kim Scrimshaw says the opportunity to spend time with children is a great incentive to volunteer.

"I just love kids, I love that I can have fun with them all, while doing something of significance too," she said.

"You learn new skills all the time, meet new people and have a rare opportunity to see how a gallery operates from behind the scenes."

Harry Gallaher, however, is an avid collector of photographs, and is passionate about digitising Gladstone's visual history.

Immortalising the years gone by and ensuring the eternal footprint of our region's history is no small task, yet one that Mr Gallaher takes immense pride in.

Full training is delivered to potential volunteers.

Duties required

  • Assemblage of exhibitions
  • Mounting art
  • Disassembly and packing
  • Reception duties
  • Activities with children
  • Tour guide throughout the gallery
  • Relaying information about artists and their work


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