We're 50


Archive Volunteer - applications open now
Volunteer Front of House Assistant - applications open in 2016 

How to become an Archive Volunteer

In 2015 Camden Arts Centre celebrates its 50th birthday.  As part of this anniversary year we will be delivering an exciting archive project over the next 6 months. Taking our archive of exhibitions materials as its focus, the Living Archive Project will work towards improving the care and management of this collection, to digitise its contents and make them accessible to more people.

We are now looking for volunteers to take part in the project and work with us in making parts of our archive accessible to new audiences and help us deliver a lasting legacy for our archive. Potential tasks could include research, digitisation and scanning, selecting material for display, general administration and collections care tasks.

The project will last between November 2015 – April 2016. We are looking for volunteers to take part around once a week for either half a day or a full day, either on Mondays, Thursdays or Saturdays on a sign-up basis. We will prioritise working with new volunteers from the local community.

Additional information:
Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to £5.50 per day. Volunteers can also gain up to 10% discount in our café, bookshop and on our acclaimed courses.

Camden Arts Centre is committed to meeting the needs of applicants with disabilities. The refurbished building is fully accessible to all; however there are access limitations to the archive.  Please contact us if you wish to discuss this further.

To join the project:
For more information please download the Archive Volunteer Information Sheet at the bottom of this webpage, email/call Stephanie Sutton, Archive Project Organiser, stephanie.sutton@camdenartscentre.org, 020 7472 5500. To get involved please download and complete the Archive Volunteer Registration Form from the bottom of this webpage and return by email or post to Stephanie Sutton. Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London, NW3 6DG.

Supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund, The London Community Foundation and Cockayne - Grants for the Arts

How to become a Volunteer Front of House Assistant 

‘The additional activities mean that in the Front of House volunteering role you’re always stimulated by something new.’ - current volunteer 

Camden Arts Centre is dedicated to developing artists, educators and people with an interest in contemporary art. Alongside our education and exhibition programme we also actively engage with volunteers, offering members of the public a unique opportunity to donate time and become part of the organisation.

Front of House Assistants donate at least one day (5-7 hours) of their time a week and help us invigilate our gallery spaces, welcome visitors to the Centre and help them to gain a full appreciation of the exhibitions, events and projects. Front of House Assistants can share their passion for art by leading Guided Tours of the exhibitions and assisting with our Make & Do family workshops. Our volunteers they are invited to attend a variety of seminars and workshops and get involved with projects and job shadowing opportunities not available to visitors or paid members of staff.

As the public face of Camden Arts Centre, Front of House Assistants welcome visitors and are the first point of contact between the organisation and the public. Joining Camden Arts Centre as a volunteer in this capacity would ideally suit those that have an interest in the work of the Centre, enjoy interacting with the public and work well as part of a team. 

We are particularly keen to work with people from the local area and those interested in joining the team on a long-term basis. Please note that we only take on Front of House Assistants who have availability to volunteer at least one day a week for a minimum of three months. More information about the role of Front of House Assistant and details of the extras we offer our volunteers can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.

How to apply:
We currently have a full team of volunteers working with us as Front of House Assistants. Please join our mailing list to receive news about our upcoming exhibitions, events and projects, including updates about joining us as a Volunteer. Alternatively, bookmark this page and check back in 2016.

Please note that we only take on Front of House Assistants who have availability to volunteer at least one day a week for a minimum of three months. More information about the role of Front of House Assistant and details of the extras we offer our volunteers can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.

If you have any questions about volunteering at Camden Arts Centre please contact,

Joanna Sawkins

Take a look at what past and present volunteers thought of their experiences at CAC:  

‘Camden Arts Centre is one of the best places I have volunteered with so far!’

‘It's a very friendly place, and I have felt included from the beginning, especially due to the regular communication with volunteers, which is really good and makes you feel part of the Centre.’

‘The staff and other volunteers are really pleasant to work with, there's a sense of mutual respect for each other no matter what one's position may be. The overall environment at Camden Arts Centre is lovely to be in, it is efficient and proactive yet relaxed and very positive.’

‘Both the interview and the training sessions were conducted in a friendly and informative way and I felt very at ease.’

‘Giving guided tours improved my public speaking skills and it was fulfilling to hear people's sincere gratitude after the tours.’

‘I really enjoy helping out during the Make & Do session, it’s great that they are free for families and the artists were really engaged in the way they lead the sessions.’

‘Volunteering has given me an insight into how the Centre works and the people involved.’

‘The hour shadowing shifts have been a great opportunity to talk with staff, to find out more about their specific roles at Camden and to hear how they got to this point.’

Watch this short film about You are Here, an exhibition produced by Camden Arts Centre's Volunteer Front of House Assistants in 2014: 

Please note that we will only be able to respond to applications sent during periods of recruitment. Speculative applications sent outside of this period will not be kept on file. Please note that we cannot accept those under 18 or those with a Visitors Visa onto the volunteer programme. We are also unable to offer work experience placements or internships. Volunteers joining the programme will need to provide photographic identification in the form of a current passport.