Getting Involved

Surface Gallery is run by a committed group of volunteers who give their time to deliver an experimental and innovative programme of contemporary exhibitions, events and community engagement programmes.  All sorts of people volunteer for all sorts of reasons. For some, it’s a great chance to meet new people, for others, it’s to try something new or gain new skills. It's a great way to gain hands-on experience for people wanting to work in the arts sector.

Some of the areas you can get involved with include:

Exhibitions - Help support the organising and running of our calendar of high quality contemporary art exhibitions.

Community Engagement - Organise workshops, expand our audience and make the local area a brighter place.

Tech & Renovation - Assist with the installation of exhibitions and learn valuable practical skills.

Marketing - Writing press releases, updating social media and making as many people as possible know about the great art on show.

Funding - Funding is invaluable experience for anyone wanting to work in the gallery sector. Help to apply for funding to renovate the gallery, run residencies and expand the exhibitions programme.

Additionally, all volunteers help invigilate the gallery’s exhibitions and assist with the day to day running and administration of the organisation.

Volunteers at Surface Gallery come from a variety of backgrounds. Some volunteers are only able to offer a few hours per week; others are able to support the gallery for longer. You don't need to have specialist knowledge to volunteer, just an enthusiasm for our work and a willingness to get involved.

If you are interested in getting joining our team, download an application form and return it to the Gallery. You will then be invited for a chat to discuss what activities you would like to take part in.

Please note that volunteers at Surface Gallery should be 18 or over.

If you would like to know more about volunteering at Surface Gallery, please email

Want to join or find out more?

You can download our application form and read our blog.

Quotes from some of our team

An incredibly rewarding experience, becoming involved in the thriving creative culture of Nottingham whilst being surrounded by inspiring work and people
— Dan Highwood
I wasn’t sure what to expect but the atmosphere here is brilliant - get stuck in with what you want to do and the possibilities are endless
— Simon Dunn