Where would we be without our wonderful volunteers?
NZ Sculpture OnShore relies on a large team of dedicated, enthusiastic and talented volunteers. While some work behind the scenes, most are the public face of the event; providing information, sharing their experience of the art works and helping make visitors experience the “great day out” that so many people tell us they enjoy.
In 2018 over 400 people gave up their time to help make the exhibition a success. Being a volunteer is a fun, sociable activity; a chance to meet new people and work with old friends; and your volunteering supports a wonderful cause which changes the lives of vulnerable women and children in New Zealand – NZ Women’s Refuge.
You might like to volunteer as a group with friends, share the same rostered shifts so you can enjoy each other’s company and also share transport to the event.
Or are you a company that would like your staff to get involved with community service days? We would love to have you on board, helping out over a number of days during the duration of the event.
What would suit your skills best?
We have six volunteer roles:
Setup and Pack Down volunteers greet artists, suppliers and anyone else coming on site at the gatehouse during these two important phases of the event. You’ll manage Health and Safety sign in, hand out information packs and direct artists to their site location. Two shifts each day: 9am – 1pm and 1pm - 5pm.
Ambassadors provide security for the 100 valuable outdoor artworks, serve as hosts for the exhibition and provide basic information to visitors, adding enormously to their enjoyment of the event. Three shifts each day: 9.45am - 12.30pm / 12.15pm - 2.30pm / 2.15pm - 5pm.
Ticket Office volunteers welcome visitors at the ticketing office on arrival, sell tickets and catalogues and answer the myriad of questions people might have. Two shifts each day: 9.30am – 1pm and 1pm – 5pm.
Indoor Gallery volunteers - the Indoor Gallery showcases over 700 art works which are all for sale. You’ll assist visitors by providing information, wrapping purchases as well as providing security for the works. Two shifts each day: 9.30am - 1.30pm and 1pm - 5pm.
School Tours volunteers greet teachers and students visiting the exhibition, ensuring that the groups have maps of the exhibition. An important role is to communicate to teachers and supervising adults the importance of following health and safety guidelines on site. Times and days vary.
Tour Guides – Tours will run once each day for 45 minutes, leading groups of up to 20 people. Training will be given with detailed information on artists and their work.
Before the event, Volunteers are invited to attend an information evening (date TBC) as well as a pre-exhibition tour with the Curator just before opening day to learn about the exhibits.
There is a volunteer room where tea and coffee is available and belongings can be stored.
If you would like to help, fill in our Volunteer Enquiry Form and one of our volunteer coordinators will contact you.
With grateful thanks,
The Volunteer Team