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October 26, 2018

Volunteer for major Carriageworks exhibition

Roomies Arts is inviting artists with disability and those with psycho-social concerns to become volunteer invigilators for a major art installation at Carriageworks – Nick Cave: Until between 23 November 2018 and 3 March 2019.

What’s an invigilator?

An invigilator is a person who ‘watches over.’ As well as keeping a keen eye on what’s happening around them, invigilators play a key role in welcoming and engaging visitors at art installations and exhibitions. These volunteer positions are often filled by art students, artists and art lovers as they can  provide interesting and unique perspectives.

What’s Roomies Arts

Roomies Arts is an organisation that promotes inclusion and access to the arts for people with disability. Roomies Arts has over 10 years of experience in the sector. To find out more about Roomies Arts, visit here.

Who is Nick Cave?

Nick Cave is an acclaimed American fabric sculptor, dancer, and performance artist. He is best known for his Soundsuits: wearable fabric sculptures that are bright, whimsical, and other-worldly.

Do I need prior experience?

No prior experience is necessary. Ideally, invigilators have a desire to spend time in creative spaces.

Will I be supported as a volunteer invigilator?

Yes, you will be supported in a variety of ways. You will receive:

  • Training provided by curators and producers about exhibitions and events including a short induction prior to the opening on Thursday 22 November
  • Support from a buddy system
  • Assistance with transport costs
  • Rostering that is flexible depending on when you are able to invigilate between 23 November 2018 and 3 March 2019 between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. Shifts are normally four hours long.

What’s in it for me?

There are benefits to becoming a volunteer invigilator for Nick Cave: Until. They include:

  • An Invitation to the opening of Nick Cave: Until on Thursday 22 November
  • The opportunity to connect with other like-minded cultural enthusiasts
  • Gaining behind-the-scenes experience with one of Australia’s most significant contemporary arts institutions
  • A written reference from Carriageworks detailing your training, experience and the number of volunteer hours you contributed
  • One coffee each shift

How do I express interest or get more information?

If you are an artist with disability or psycho-social concerns, you are invited to express interest in invigilating for Nick Cave: Until via Gemma Deacon or Anne Kwasner at Roomies Arts as soon as possible. They can be reached via email at [email protected] or mobile: Gemma at 0411 530 407 or Anne at 0419 623 085.

I am an artist without disability?

If you an artist without disability, and would still like to be considered as a volunteer invigilator, please contact Carriageworks at [email protected] or call (02) 8571 9099.


Feature image: Nick Cave, Until, 2016, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). Photo by James Prinz Photography

This page was first published on 16 October 2018.