Docents (tour guides)


Surrey Art Gallery - City of Surrey


Jan. 5, 2018

Organization Description: 

Surrey Art Gallery's mission is to engage the public in an ongoing dialogue about issues and ideas that affect our numerous communities, as expressed through contemporary art, and to provide opportunities for the public to interact with artists and the artistic process. We accomplish these aims through exhibitions, programs, and publications of contemporary art. To meet our mandate, Surrey Art Gallery also acquires, manages, researches, preserves, and exhibits work from its contemporary art collection, held in trust for present and future citizens of the City of Surrey. The Gallery focuses on contemporary art made since 1975.

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Volunteer Opportunity Description: 

Contribute to a dynamic community of volunteers dedicated to enriching the education of children through contemporary art. Docents lead tours of art exhibitions on weekdays for school children, share and develop skills, and build social networks.

Exhibition tours aim to further children’s education by enhancing visual literacy and critical thinking skills. Using questioning techniques and hands-on activities, Docents help students respond to original works of art.

New Docents receive extensive training and accompany senior docents on tours leading up to their participation in the program. Ongoing training orients Docents to new exhibits through lectures and workshops by curators, artists, and educators as well as co-operative learning on contemporary art and education. The Docent program involves 15 hours of volunteer time each month during the school year. Docents must be 19 years or older.


  • Commit to participate for a minimum of one full year
  • Sept-June (approximately 20 hrs per month)
  • Lead a minimum of one tour per week
  • Attend all bi-weekly docent training sessions
  • Facilitate tours, for schools and community groups
  • Participate in preparing and planning for exhibit tours
  • Research and study exhibition-related material
  • Liaise with teachers, school groups and gallery staff


  • A passion for contemporary art
  • Enjoy working with children and youth
  • Responsible and reliable
  • Comfortable working within a diverse community
  • Great communication and people skills
  • Enjoy contributing to a team and be able to work independently
  • Are 19 years of age or older

How to Apply: 

Contact Chris Dawson-Murphy, Volunteer Coordinator: | 604-501-5198

Contact Name: Chris Dawson-Murphy
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Contact Phone: (604) 501-5198

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