Volunteering at the Forrester Gallery has helped two students learn about installing an exhibition.
The Forrester Gallery is housed in a spectacular neo-classical building originally constructed in 1884 for the Bank of New South Wales. The Forrester, which is funded and administered by the Waitaki District Council, offers the Waitaki and wider region a varied and exciting exhibition programme, houses a growing collection of artworks significant to the region, and stands as an icon of Oamaru's unique whitestone historic district.
The Forrester Gallery does not currently host a formal internship programme, but is keen to hear from senior Bachelor of Visual Arts students who want to learn about Gallery practice – exhibitions, programming and education. Past students have worked as volunteers learning about exhibition installation techniques and going on to become casual paid staff members while completing their Master's qualification.
The Forrester Gallery has a close relationship with the Dunedin School of Art hosting exhibitions and programmes as well as hosting these student volunteers.