At ONCA, we provide opportunities for people to gain experience in a professional arts environment while supporting ONCA’s activities and development.

Coronavirus Statement

Please note, in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and visitors during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have closed the ONCA Gallery and ONCA Barge until further notice. Please click here to read our full statement.

In light of this we are not currently taking on new volunteers – as soon as that changes we will update this page with further information.

Volunteering at ONCA

Since opening in 2012, we’ve been amazed at the range of skills and support people have brought us. 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 Perma-Voles. Casual-Voles help out on a casual basis, say a few times a month, and Perma-Voles dedicate one day every week to supporting ONCA on an ongoing basis. Both roles might include, but are not restricted to:

  • Setting up and taking down exhibitions
  • 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

For more information, please download our Volunteering Policy.


Applying to be a Vole

We host four open-evenings a year for people to find out more about what volunteering with ONCA involves, as well as an opportunity to meet the ONCA team and our other volunteers. We require everyone to attend an open evening before starting to volunteer with us. All volunteers must be 18 or over.

Next Open Evening date: TBC

Get in touch

We regularly receive requests from people who want to volunteer at ONCA. We typically communicate our volunteer vacancies via our general newsletter. If you’d like to get notified when we have new opportunities, please subscribe to the tinyletter. If you have any queries, please email .

Image Credit: Debbie Bragg