As a not-for-profit organization with limited resources, volunteers are a vital support to the ATW’s creative ecosystem. Each year, hundreds of hours are volunteered to the ATW, which contribute towards a vast array of essential tasks, ranging from arts administration to textile conservation. Each ATW volunteer brings independent experience and passion to the workshop and in turn each is given the opportunity to develop new skills and expand networks. 

At the ATW, our volunteers are one of our most valuable assets and as such each volunteers' individual skillset is taken into consideration when appointing particular tasks.

Key volunteer areas include: 

Arts Administration:

This role is suited to Arts Management students, artists seeking to expand their skillset beyond their creative practice as well as those with prior administrative experience in different fields. Our Arts Administration volunteer positions include a variety of administrative tasks, including database management, preparing collateral for workshops and classes, research and website updates, as well as assisting with mail outs.

Library and Archives:

As an organization that has existed for 40 years, the ATW is home to an expansive collection of fine art and textile specific archives, as well as a substantial library of arts books. Volunteer tasks in this area include organising and collating the library collection.

Exhibition Assistance:

Our volunteer Exhibition Assistant roles are most suited to individuals with, or looking to acquire, hands-on technical skills. This role includes collaboration with ATW staff and curators, installation and de-installation of our rotating exhibition program and assisting with other exhibition requirements as needed.

Public Programs and Events Assistance:

Each year, the ATW hosts a variety of public programs and events, including The ATW Friends Lecture Series, Artist in Residence Talks, Fundraising Dinners, exhibition openings, and a variety of all-ages workshops and classes. Volunteers with interest or experience in events management and education are most suited to this area. Tasks may include helping set up the event, assisting with catering, and ensuring the smooth delivery of the event. 


To become an ATW volunteer please contact us at or (03) 9699 7885 and provide your CV outlining relevant experience. As the ATW strives to make each volunteer’s experience as mutually beneficial as possible, volunteers are expected to commit a minimum of 3 months.

Guides and Busy Bees:

Voluntary guides help the ATW reach hundreds of visitors every year, promoting our work and the art of tapestry. Our dedicated guides provide bi-weekly tours for the public as well as by appointment for groups ranging from curious schoolchildren to enthusiastic Probus and University of the 3rd Age visitors. We thank our current roster of guides as well as Margot Cooper, who retired from the Guides in 2013. 

Our Busy Bees are a dedicated corps of volunteers who come to the ATW every other week, collectively donating hundreds of hours of work on tasks otherwise not achievable by staff in the day-to-day running of the ATW.


Kay Bailey

Carolyn Berger

Margaret Crothers

Marion Harris

Janet Lilley

Phillip Norris

Jan Wallage

Busy Bees

Nancye Cain

Rosemary Clark

Tuppy Cole

Stephanie Coote

Hilary Hall Menzies

Suzanne Haymes

Pam Hendy

Janet Kidson

Helen Lane

Christine Matthews

Delwyn Poyser

Mavis Sheedy

Jenny Turnbull

Rowena Von Moger

Helen Washington