At ONCA, we provide opportunities for people to gain experience in a professional arts environment while supporting ONCA’s activities and development. After a long year’s closure, we are re-opening our venues and seek your help!

Volunteering at ONCA

Since opening in 2012, we’ve been amazed at the range of skills and support people have gifted to ONCA. Our volunteers enable us to continue providing great, inclusive exhibitions and projects for everyone to enjoy. We recognise time is precious, and hope that in exchange for yours, we can provide you with valuable experiences, growth and learning.

We love our volunteers as much as a riverbank loves voles, so we call them Voles. They are generous and creative – essential to the ONCA ecosystem. We have two types of vole positions: Casual Voles and PermaVoles. Casual Voles (not sought at present) help out on a casual/ ad hoc basis, and PermaVoles dedicate up to a day per week to supporting ONCA on an ongoing basis. Both roles might include, but are not restricted to:

  • Setting up and taking down exhibitions
  • Transcribing, proofreading, subtitling videos and podcasts
  • Invigilating exhibitions (ensuring art works are safe, welcoming visitors etc)
  • Assisting with events and workshops
  • Assisting with education and outreach
  • Gardening & DIY
  • Writing for our blog
  • Photographing events and exhibitions
  • Assisting with fundraising and marketing
  • Assisting with research projects

Please note that we are specifically seeking PermaVoles for 2021 positions, ideally able to commit to regular volunteering for six months or so. For more information, please download our Volunteering Policy. Download

Applying to be a Vole

Please email with a bit of information about yourself if you are interested in volunteering for ONCA in 2021. Please note that some writing and research tasks can be done from home. Also please note that while Covid-19 health and safety measures are in place, we will ask gallery volunteers to take lateral flow tests before their shift (we can provide these). All volunteers must be 18 or over.

Get in touch

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