MK Gallery is opening its doors tomorrow (2 November 2021) for those who are curious and keen to find out more about volunteering and would like to join its enthusiastic team.

Potential newcomers will have an afterhours, volunteer-led tour of the Gallery’s current exhibition, Laura Knight: A Panoramic View while learning about the role of a gallery assistant.

They’ll visit the Sky Room, which houses the Gallery’s in-house cinema, so those interested in film can see how volunteers facilitate the screenings and run the kiosk.

The open evening (between 5-7pm) will be hosted in the Gallery café – where volunteers often enjoy a catch-up with each other before or after their sessions.

Potential new recruits will be able to meet and chat with current volunteers and gallery staff while asking questions and having a cup of tea.

Annette Parmar, volunteer manager, said:

“We love our volunteers, they are vital to the smooth day-to day-running of the Gallery. I say it all the time, but I really cannot thank our volunteers enough.

“They are an incredible group of diverse and dedicated people giving their time and energy to help ensure our visitors have a wonderful experience at the Gallery. We’re looking forward to meeting and greeting new faces at our open evening.

“We welcome everyone from 14 years upwards. Our youngest volunteer is 14 and our oldest is 83. There’s so much flexibility – you can volunteer regularly, once a week, or be flexible and fit in a session around your schedule.

“You may be a student or retired, wanting to try something different, add to your CV, build new skills, or meet new people. Whatever your reason for volunteering, you will be very much part of who we are and what we do at this world-class gallery. We are all part of the same team.”

The positive impact of volunteers’ immense contribution is felt throughout the organisation and by visitors. Full training is offered as well as a unique opportunity to be part of this increasingly popular arts venue.

Why get involved?

  • Become a valued member of a team of volunteers and professionals who are passionate about delivering a world-class arts programme in the heart of Milton Keynes
  • Develop new skills or build upon existing customer service and communication skills
  • Gain experience volunteering in a gallery environment and learn about how we run our
    exhibitions and events
  • Be invited to private exhibition tours with artists and curators prior to opening new exhibitions

Enjoy a 50% discount off food and beverages at the MK Gallery Café Bar

Current volunteer, Debbie said:

“I love the exhibitions, and the contact with the public, being able to discuss with them and get feedback. The staff at the Gallery are always welcoming to us volunteers, it is good to feel part of the MK Gallery family.”

People can find out more about the open evening and volunteering at MK Gallery by visiting the Gallery’s volunteer website or by emailing