Connect with the art world, enrich your community and make meaningful connections as a Lester Prize volunteer. Volunteers bring our vision to life of creating a culturally rich society.

We are on the hunt for a group of passionate volunteers to join our team for the 2021 Exhibition and Events Season. This is a unique experience to work on a major national arts event that showcases artists from across Australia.

Our mission is to deliver high quality exhibitions, events and programs for artists and the greater community, using visual arts to celebrate the practice of portraiture. Volunteers make this mission possible.


We require dedicated, well-informed volunteers who enjoy interacting with the public and promoting the exhibition, the artists and the artworks with our community.

The Lester Prize volunteer program provides structured shifts for both weekday and weekend volunteer work, allowing individuals the opportunity to work in varying stages of the exhibition season in roles including gallery invigilation, opening nights and events.

Background in the Arts, history or education is encouraged, but not a pre-requisite. We will provide you with recognition, support, training, and information required to undertake your duties.


  • Gain experience in the Australian arts sector
  • Build your personal and professional network in the arts and community development sectors
  • Enhance your skills and experience with a range of opportunities across events, marketing, prize administration and customer service
  • Invitations to exclusive Lester Prize events
  • Join our supportive and dedicated team of art enthusiasts

To express your interest in joining The Lester Prize’s Volunteer program, please register using the form below. Volunteers are selected by interview.

For further information please contact

I have loved everything about my volunteering experience this year! It’s been absolutely amazing and enriching for me, and I hope to volunteer again soon.

Tania, Lester Prize Volunteer

It was such a pleasure assisting with the running of the Youth Awards Night... It was wonderful to meet and see the work of so many young and very talented artists. I’m so glad it went so smoothly and successfully.