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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers play a key role in all of our activities, and we are always looking to expand our fantastic team. With the launch of This is Shanghai, a Chinese contemporary art gallery exploring the relationship between Liverpool and its twin city, we are looking for people with an interest in art, willing to be the face of This is Shanghai for the public!

See our available roles below!

Exhibition Assistant Volunteers

Required for role 1 day per week Tuesday – Sunday, 9:45 am – 5:15 pm (7.5 hours, with a 30 minute lunch break).

Volunteers will play a key role in the day to day running of the exhibition space, making it a welcoming and friendly environment. No previous experience or specialist knowledge is required, as full training will be provided. All we ask for is commitment, an interest in art, and, above all, a willingness to be the face of This Is Shanghai for the public.

Your duties will include greeting and directing visitors around the exhibition, helping visitors to engage with the exhibition by providing background information on the artworks, and invigilating the gallery spaces.

In return for your time you’ll gain work experience and develop your skills, as well as the chance to improve your career prospects through networking, and a valuable insight into an art gallery setting, all while working with a great team of like-minded people.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to £7.50 per day. We ask for a commitment of 1 day per week, 9:45 am – 5:15 pm (7.5 hours, with a 30 minute lunch break).

Download an Application Pack here 

Applications should be sent for the attention of Olivia Walker to Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1BP or by email to: [email protected]


Participatory Artwork Actor

Required for role 2-3 days during week of 9th July, plus approx. ½ – 1 day per week during the exhibition.

If you enjoy exploring the city and engaging with the public in an unusual and fun way or are looking for a way to engage with your local arts scene, this may well be the perfect summer project for you.

The majority of the exhibition will sit within the gallery space, while ‘Secret Letters’ by Lu Pingyuan spans the entire city of Liverpool. Hand-delivered letters tell a story centered around the Port of Liverpool and the HSBC building in Shanghai. These two building, 6,000 miles apart, are remarkably similar in terms of their locations on the edge of their cities’ main rivers, the architectural style, and time of construction. Also contained in these letters will be vintage photographs and small objects. Sealed in antique envelopes, each will become one of the 2,018 limited edition artworks received by randomly selected Liverpool residents.

Culture Liverpool, in partnership with Open Eye Gallery, is looking for a volunteer to take on the role of ‘Wilson’, our postman who’ll deliver these letters to residents across the city.

Your role will be to deliver 2,018 letters over the course of the exhibition, including 2-3 days during the week of Monday 9th July, using a short script to inform your performance. You will be delivering these pieces on foot, in batches of about 250, so it is important that you are physically able to walk roughly 10,000 steps per day. You will be supplied with a 1930s replica postman’s uniform, therefore our ideal candidate is between 5’11” and 6’2” and wears a men’s size large (16-17” collar, 42-44” chest, 38-42” waist). But don’t worry if you don’t fit this description exactly, alterations can be made if given enough notice!

Send your questions & expressions of interest to [email protected] by 2nd July to get involved.