Volunteers attending a talk by Anne Noble at the start of Precarious Nature
Thanks to our volunteers and interns.

Our work is made possible thanks to a huge team of voluntary staff who work as interns, assistants and receptionists. As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on the goodwill and in-kind support from the community to present our exhibitions.

Current CoCA Volunteers:

Rosemary Fitzgerald
Judith Knibb
Jenny Walker
Kate Kitchingham
Kirsty de Heer
Kay McKinnon
Jacqui Beever
James Evans
Sam Quinn
Ryan Yee
Auden Lee

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.

Interested in Volunteering at CoCA?

At the moment, while the building and installation work is going on in the galleries for The Canterbury Museum pop-up, we are not requiring Gallery Assistant volunteers as we are not open for exhibitions.  We may be running some events and workshops in the first half of 2023 so if you are interested in helping out for these, please get in touch.  

Please email info@coca.org.nz with some information about yourself and why you would like to volunteer with us.


“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