We encourage individuals to support our activities through becoming a volunteer. Volunteers support the work of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in many ways. The main role of the volunteer is to increase the educational value, interest and enjoyment of a visit to the Garden. This includes explaining the vital role of plants in everyday life and the need to ensure better management of the world's resources.
At present volunteers operate within various areas of the Garden including Horticulture, Science Communication, Events, Herbarium and Library. Herbarium volunteers assist with the mounting and curation of specimens, and Library volunteers usually work in the Archives or Illustrations collections. All opportunities to volunteer will be fully advertised below when they arise.
Information Assistants : Inverleith House
Inverleith House is seeking enthusiastic, motivated and welcoming Information Assistants to support the successful delivery of our forthcoming exhibition by Corin Sworn.
Artist Corin Sworn is the most recent winner of the prestigious Max Mara Art Prize for Women and in 2013 represented Scotland alongside Duncan Campbell and Hayley Tompkins at the Venice Biennale. This will be Sworn’s first major exhibition in Scotland, bringing together new work produced specifically for Inverleith House with the first Scottish presentation of synchronised film installation The Rag Papers, which was first shown at Chisenhale Gallery, London in 2013.
Working as an essential part of a small, experienced team, you will be responsible for helping visitors to the gallery gain greater insight into the exhibition as well as ensuring the safety of all artwork on display. You will receive full gallery training and will have the opportunity to meet the artist for a tour of the exhibition in advance of the opening. You will work closely with Inverleith House staff, allowing you to confidently interpret the work of the artist and convey the gallery’s passion for contemporary art in an intelligent and meaningful way.
In return for your assistance, the gallery will provide you with essential work experience in the arts, share with you our knowledge and understanding of exhibitions and audiences, and help you to develop your professional skills. You will also be given access to a unique archive and library.
We would like you to have excellent communication skills and a love of contemporary art and would ask that you are prepared to work for at least one day per week for the duration of the exhibition (12 April to 29 June 2014).
Further information on the artist can be found at the links below:
Whilst all invigilation posts are unpaid, the experience provides a unique insight into the thinking, programming, and running of one of today’s leading small galleries. Part of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Inverleith House is also known for its commitment to improving our appreciation and understanding of the natural world through related exhibitions of contemporary art and botanical science.
Opening hours: 10am to 5.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday
To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to Chloe Reith, Exhibitions Officer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone: 0131 248 2971.
Schools placements are co-ordinated through Career Development Edinburgh and Lothians.