Creative Programmes Volunteers

Closing date 17 January 2023

Keg de Souza: Shipping Roots

Inverleith House, RBGE

 Friday 24 March – Sunday 27 August 2023

We are looking for enthusiastic and friendly volunteers to join our current team to assist in the daily running of Inverleith House – Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s primary exhibition venue – and welcome visitors to our next exhibition within it: Shipping Roots.

Plants have always traversed seas, intentionally and inadvertently. In Shipping Roots, artist Keg de Souza draws on RBGE’s collections to tell tales of eucalyptus, prickly pear and ‘alien’ seeds, tracing legacies through the British Empire and specifically linking Australia, India and the UK. These stories relate to the artist’s own cultural removal, drawn from her lived experiences as a person of Goan heritage whose ancestral lands were colonised, to living as a settler on unceded Gadigal land in Sydney.

What does this role entail?

We offer training for this role, and activities include the following:

  • Welcoming and orientating visitors in the gallery
  • Invigilating and ensuring the safety of the artwork on display
  • Answering questions about the exhibition, artists, and other RBGE Creative Programmes projects
  • Encouraging visitors to engage with the exhibition and works on display
  • Maintaining the cleanliness of the exhibition spaces
  • N.B. There might be additional opportunities to give ‘spotlight tours’ of Shipping Roots or support other exhibitions and events organised by RBGE Creative Programmes.

Ideally volunteers will be able to commit to at least 4 hours per week from 24 March to 27 August, between the hours of 10.15am and 5.45pm. We also welcome applications from people who are only available for part of the exhibition run.

How do I apply?

If this sounds of interest, we would love to hear from you.  Follow the link to our website:

Please complete an application form and return to [email protected] by 9am on Friday 17 February 2023, along with brief answers to the following questions:

  • What do you like most about galleries?
  • What is your favourite exhibition you have ever visited, and why do you think you enjoyed it so much?
  • What are you looking to gain from joining the volunteer gallery assistant team?

We encourage applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds, and value the positive impact that this has on our team.  RBGE is committed to ensuring that all volunteers are treated equally irrespective of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, and pregnancy or maternity.

If you have any access requirements or questions relating to this volunteering opportunity, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Creative Programmes Producer, Amy Porteous at [email protected]

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