Thanks to our volunteers and interns.
Our work is made possible thanks to a huge team of voluntary staff who work as curatorial interns, assistants and receptionists. As a not-for-profit organisation we rely on the goodwill and in-kind support from the community to produce our exhibitions.
Current CoCA Volunteers:
Past CoCA Interns:
Uma Tuffnell - Industry Development Intern 2019
Jess Adlam - Public Programmes and Education Intern 2018
Eliza Sinead - Curatorial Intern 2018
Marlene Braach - Marketing Intern; 2018
Bojana Rimbovska - Curatorial Intern; Performance Series 2016-17 & Season 2 2017 - 2018
Bridget Harris - Curatorial Intern; Performance Series 2016-17 & Season 2 2017
Karin Bathgate - Curatorial Intern; David Shrigley Public Programming 2017
Lison Colin - Curatorial Intern; Season 2 2017
Alexandra Callaghan - Curatorial Intern; Season 2 2017
Eleyna Rider - Curatorial Intern; Season 2 2017
Lesley Fitzgerald - Curatorial Intern; Season 2 2017, Marketing Intern
Aisha Ah Mu - Curatorial Intern; Season 2 2017
Ater Belobeeva - Coordination Intern, Curatorial Intern Season 2 2017, Marketing Intern
Alex Olsen-Smith - Marketing Intern
Dee Clarke - Marketing Intern
Joanne Lee - Marketing Intern
Mariana Jacinta - Marketing Intern
Lucy Ovenden - Curatorial Intern; Precarious Nature 2016-17
Mikayla Hubert - Curatorial Intern; Precarious Nature 2016-17
Jason Huang - Curatorial Intern; Precarious Balance, and CoCA Relaunch 2015-16
Bryany Joslen - Curatorial Intern; Precarious Balance, and CoCA Relaunch 2015-16
Audrey Baldwin - Curatorial Intern; Precarious Balance, and CoCA Relaunch 2015-16
Aimee Shaw - Gallery Intern; Season 1 & 2, 2016
Rachael Paintin - Curatorial Intern; Public Programmes and Design, Seasons 2-4 2016
Indira Force - Curatorial Intern; Public Programmes, Season 3-4 2016-17
Anne Catherine Berrut-Marechaud - Marketing Intern, Season 3 2016
Image: Volunteers attending a talk by Anne Noble as part of exhibition training for Precarious Nature, 2016.
We are looking for enthusiastic and friendly voluntary staff aged 16 and over to assist us with a wide variety of tasks at CoCA Toi Moroki. As a member of our team of volunteers you'll primarily be the friendly face greeting our visitors at reception. This role includes front-of-house and administrative duties, fielding general enquiries, gallery minding as well as giving exhibition tours (optional). There are also opportunities to get involved with hosting after hours events, to help artists with the production of their works and to gain hands on practical experience during installation/deinstallation of exhibitions.
You don't need gallery experience or indepth knowledge of art necessary - reliability, a willingness to learn, as well as a love of art and communicating are key attributes.
Our cohort is hugely varied, from highschool students to retirees, from artists to accountants and scientists - we're a friendly bunch and welcome your unique perspectives. We also welcome those on working holiday visas - conversational English is required, but you're welcome to speak your language to our guests from your part of the world. So if you're 16 or over and want to be part of our CoCA Whanau, get in touch!
Ideally, we request that you commit to one shift per week of 3.5 hours. CoCA is open Tuesday - Sunday, 10-5pm, and most shifts are within these hours.
If you have extra time, you can also opt to be on-call and / or assist at public events.
Hands-on experience working in a contemporary public art gallery
Volunteer training sessions
Exclusive Volunteer talks with curators and artists in our exhibitions
Free attendance to CoCA Events
Free yearly membership to CoCA after 40 hours of volunteering
Gain valuable skills in gallery management and customer service
Make connections with likeminded arts lovers and organisations
You will also receive a comprehensive induction, three-monthly exhibition briefings from the curator, and acknowledgment on our website.
To apply, follow the link below!
We offer unpaid part time internships in several areas of public art gallery work.
- Curatorial and exhibition development
- Communications and marketing
- Business development and fundraising
- Gallery, exhibition and events management.
Our internship programmes are part time and negotiable basis to meet the needs of the project.
Please email us your CV and proposal.
“Every day at CoCA was an opportunity to learn and be challenged. I have gained insight behind the processes of reopening a contemporary art gallery and making its first exhibition. Working with such a creative and dedicated team, I have witnessed the diversity and innovation that goes into making CoCA's programmes and future programmes as engaging and inspiring as they are and will be.”
– Jason Huang