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Gallery Invigilator – job specification


Parasol unit is looking for invigilators to assist with its exciting exhibition programme. The successful candidates will provide a welcoming and informative experience for visitors whilst assisting the Gallery Manager with the maintenance and protection of the artwork and venue.
Working hours are flexible and invigilators may be offered work on any day of the week including Saturdays and Sundays as well as evenings. The services provided to the gallery are on a casual basis for an hourly rate.

Main responsibilities

– Protect artworks during exhibition opening hours
– Provide information to visitors about the current exhibition, forthcoming exhibitions, events and activities, as well as information about Parasol unit and the local area
– Adhere to health and safety regulations to ensure the safety of all staff and visitors (training provided)
– Open and switch on the current exhibition and evaluate artworks, informing the Gallery Manager immediately in the event of any changes to conditions
– Help with basic set up of events, private views and, gallery hires
– Carry out basic cleaning and maintenance of the exhibition space and gallery grounds
– Assisting the Gallery Manager if and when required


– An interest in contemporary visual art
– Good timekeeping
– Relevant experience working with the public
– Proactive and comfortable working alone
– Gallery Invigilators are required to wear all black clothes while invigilating
– The successful candidates should be willing to commit to working at Parasol unit for at least six months

Please note that the Gallery Invigilator role is physically demanding in its nature and involves long periods of standing and walking between the venue’s different galleries. Parasol unit is committed to making reasonable adjustments to accessibility for candidates who need them.


Contracts are on a casual basis, and shifts are agreed at the beginning of each exhibition.

Shift hours:

Tuesday – Friday: 9:55am – 2:05pm or 12:55pm – 6:05pm or 9:55am – 6:05pm
Saturday: 9:55am – 6:25pm
Sunday: 11:45am – 5:25pm

£9 an hour Tuesday – Saturday shifts + holiday pay
£11 an hour Sunday shifts + holiday pay

Start Date
28 September 2019

Deadline for application
9 September 2019

To apply, please download and complete the application form at the bottom of this page and send it along with the Equal Opportunities form to

Voluntary internships

Parasol unit is accepting applications for the January – April 2020 Internship.

Interviews will be conducted on 10 and 11 December. Ideally our next intern will work Tuesday – Thursday or Wednesday – Friday.

In line with the foundation’s educational mission, we encourage high-calibre applicants preferably working towards or recently graduated with a master’s degree, and who are able to commit to volunteering three days of their time per week. In return, the charity provides a small stipend to aid with lunch and transportation costs.

Voluntary internships at Parasol unit are an excellent way to gain experience and help with the “behind-the-scenes” administration of a not-for-profit contemporary art gallery and educational charity. This is an integrated role within the foundation by which we support learning and professional development. All voluntary internships will include exposure to and working closely with staff across all departments.

To apply, please download and complete the application form at the bottom of this page and send it along with a PDF of your CV to

Submission deadline is 2 December 2019.

Polite notice: thank you for understanding that due to the high number of applications we receive, only successful applicants will receive a response.


Do you have a passion for contemporary art and education? There are many rewarding opportunities for volunteers to engage in our Community Education Programme at Parasol unit.

From assisting with hands-on art workshops to welcoming visitors, volunteers develop professional and personal skills in a collaborative and supportive environment.

Contact for more information or to discuss your interest in volunteering with the foundation.