Volunteering at Eastside Projects

If you are interested in contemporary art and able to volunteer some time to help us deliver our programme of exhibitions and events please get in touch. Volunteering at the gallery lets you contribute to Eastside Projects in many different ways, see behind the scenes and gain an understanding of how our exhibitions and events are programmed and produced.

Volunteering will give you the chance to work alongside, and learn from, staff and exhibiting artists and see how contemporary art spaces programme, develop, produce and present exhibitions and events. By volunteering you’ll contribute to the running of Eastside Projects and experience audience development, exhibition installation, events programming, invigilation, research roles and more.

To find out more about volunteering at Eastside Projects please download our Volunteering Information Form and send it to info@eastsideprojects.org.

Unfortunately volunteering opportunities are not open to those under 18.

The Black Box Researchers

In the run up to each exhibition a small group of volunteers take on a research project exploring the ideas and themes behind the upcoming exhibition. They learn how to create a document that engages the varied audience that comes into Eastside Projects. To find out more email info@eastsideprojects.org. You can read the current and past Black Box Research projects below, they are also on display in the Black Boxes in Black Pleasure.

Richard Woods: Edited Stuff

This small booklet tracks the journey of volunteers Alex Boardman and Samuel Cook who travelled down to London to visit artist Richard Woods at his studio. The result is a light hearted, honest interview about Woods' work and inspiration.

Display Show ING

Exploring themes and references that have informed Display Show
This project was produced by Dolly Kershaw and Katie Hodson

Samara Scott

Exploring Samara Scott’s practice, ideas and themes that informed her solo exhibition Silks.
This project was produced by Laura Onions, Sarah Jerrard-Dinn and Katie Hodson


Exploring Roger Coward and his role in the Artists Placement Group placement in Birmingham.
This project was produced by Richard South, Lauren Hall and Rochelle Mckiernan

Here's what our volunteers say:


"It's always a pleasure to volunteer with Eastside Projects. I've had masses of fun along the way, met some legendary people and gained some great transferable skills. Last year I helped thread beads with Gunilla Klingberg, this year I'm knitting with Bill Drummond - can't get variety like this anywhere else. It's a great place to volunteer! "


"My time as volunteer at Eastside has enabled me to learn about other exhibitions and events happening in Birmingham, meeting lots of new people along the way. It has given me access to new opportunities such as my recent work placement with Gecko, an international organisation who assign British volunteers to arts organisation within the EU. Through the scheme I have been awarded a 9 week internship at a gallery in Prague."

Eastside Projects staff and volunteers install Alice Channer's work for exhibition 'Caroline Achaintre, Sara Barker, Alice Channer', 26 May - 28 July 2012.