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 most appropriate for Arts Management students or Artists looking to expand their skillset beyond individual practice. Our Arts Administration volunteer positions include a variety of administrative tasks, including archiving and database management. 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.  

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 invigilation of our two gallery spaces. 

Public Programs and Events Assistance:

Each year, the ATW hosts a gamut 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. 

Textile Conservation and Weaver Assistance:

Textile Conservation and Weaver Assistance volunteer positions are particularly suited to textile design and conservation students, as well as fine arts practitioners with a keen interest in tapestry design and production. Volunteers in this position will have the opportunity to work closely with ATW staff and master weavers and will assist with set-up and maintenance.

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