Where would we be without our wonderful volunteers?

NZ Sculpture OnShore relies on a large team of dedicated, enthusiastic and talented volunteers. While some work behind the scenes, most are the public face of the event; providing information, sharing their experience of the art works and helping make visitors experience the “great day out” that so many people tell us they enjoy.

In 2018 over 400 people gave up their time to help make the exhibition a success. Being a volunteer is a fun, sociable activity; a chance to meet new people and work with old friends; and your volunteering supports a wonderful cause which changes the lives of vulnerable women and children in New Zealand – NZ Women’s Refuge.

You might like to volunteer as a group with friends, share the same rostered shifts so you can enjoy each other’s company and also share transport to the event.

Or are you a company that would like your staff to get involved with community service days? We would love to have you on board, helping out over a number of days during the duration of the event.

What would suit your skills best?

We have eight volunteer roles:

Art Ambassadors provide security for the 100 valuable outdoor artworks, serve as hosts for the exhibition and provide basic information to visitors, adding enormously to their enjoyment of the event.
Three shifts each day: 9.45am - 12.30pm / 12.15pm - 2.30pm / 2.15pm - 5pm.

First Aid volunteers need to hold a current First Aid Certificate or be a registered nurse so they can provide first aid cover during the event. A defibrillator will be available.
Two shifts each day: 10am – 1pm and 1pm - 5pm

Front Gate Security (including setup, during the event, and packdown).  
Volunteers will be needed during setup from 19 October, during the event from 30 October to 14 November and also during packdown on 15 & 16 November. 
Volunteers are stationed at the front gate where they manage site access of vehicles to the top carpark, along with some pedestrian movement. An important part of this role is managing Health and Safety sign in and also having radio contact with managers around the
site should queries arise.
Two shifts each day: 9am – 1pm and 1pm - 5pm

Ticket Office volunteers welcome visitors at the ticketing office on arrival, sell tickets and catalogues and answer the myriad of questions people might have. Necessary skills will be use of EFTPOS machines and laptops.
Two shifts each day: 9.30am – 1.30pm and 1pm – 5pm.

Indoor Art Gallery volunteers - the Indoor Gallery showcases over 700 art works which are all for sale. You’ll assist visitors by providing information, wrapping purchases as well as providing security for the works. Two shifts each day: 9.30am – 1.30pm and 1pm - 5pm.

School Tours volunteers greet teachers and students visiting the exhibition, ensuring that the groups have maps of the exhibition. An important role is to communicate to teachers and supervising adults the importance of following health and safety guidelines on site. 
Times and days vary.

Tour Guides – Tours will run once each day for 60 minutes, leading groups of up to 20 people. Training will be given with detailed information on artists and their work.
One session at 11am during the week and two sessions on weekends at 11am and 4pm

Before the event, Volunteers are invited to attend an information evening Wednesday 20 October 2021, as well as a pre-exhibition tour with the Curator just before opening day to learn about the exhibits.

There is a volunteer room where tea and coffee is available and belongings can be stored.

If you would like to help, fill in our Volunteer Enquiry Form and one of our volunteer coordinators will contact you.

With grateful thanks,
The Volunteer Team

Previous Exhibitions

Our Sponsors

We are grateful for the generous and on-going support of our sponsors.
To find out more about how these organisations help us to help Women's Refuge NZ, click on the logos below.


Fisher Funds


Hesketh Henry

Harcourts Cooper & Co

Perpetual Guardian