Inspire Kids through Art – Become a Surrey Art Gallery Docent!

Application deadline: January 13, 2019

Surrey Art Gallery, the second largest public art gallery in the Metro Vancouver region, is seeking volunteers to lead weekday school group tours of its contemporary art exhibitions.

Using questioning techniques and hands-on activities, volunteer tour guides – also known as docents – encourage students to explore a variety of art mediums including paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, videos, and sound art.

“Docents play an incredible role,” said Chris Dawson-Murphy, Volunteer Program Coordinator at Surrey Art Gallery. “They encourage elementary school students to engage with art from a young age, helping them make connections between art and ideas.”

Experience is not required. All applicants with a desire to learn and contribute to the community – and who enjoy art and interacting with children – will be considered. New docents receive training and accompany senior docents on tours for the first month. Ongoing training orients docents to new exhibits through lectures and workshops taught by curators, artists, and educators.

“It really is the most rewarding volunteer program because of the balance between learning about contemporary artists and sharing the same knowledge gained with youngsters,” said Fran Dawkins, a volunteer docent who has been with the Gallery for over four years. “Volunteering has become a positive part of my life, a routine that is varied and flexible, interesting and challenging.”

The application deadline for the next training session (beginning January 31) is January 13. To learn more and apply now, visit (click on “Volunteer Now” at bottom of page) or contact Chris Dawson-Murphy, Volunteer Coordinator, at or 604-501-5198.

About Surrey Art Gallery
Internationally recognized for its award-winning programs, Surrey Art Gallery, located at 13750 88 Avenue in Surrey, is the second largest public art museum in Metro Vancouver. Founded in 1975, the Gallery presents contemporary art by local, national, and international artists, including digital and audio art. Its extensive public programs for children through to adults aim to engage the public in an ongoing conversation about issues and ideas that affect our communities and to provide opportunities to interact with artists and the artistic process. Admission is free. Surrey Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the City of Surrey, Province of BC through BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Surrey Art Gallery Association.

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