VOLUNTEER guides will finally get their chance to shine at a new exhibition celebrating 25 years of guiding at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
As part of the exhibition, past and present guides have been able to choose artworks in the gallery’s collection that are significant to them.
Art Gallery of Ballarat volunteer guides convener Pauline O’Shannessy-Dowling said it was important to recognise the amount of work guides put in.
“There’s a lot of research that’s required, there’s a lot of hours spent in the gallery,” Ms O’Shannessy-Dowling said.
There are currently 44 volunteer guides at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, who are mostly – but not all – retirees.
“Our youngest guide would be early 30s but our oldest guide is 92,” Ms O’Shannessy-Dowling said.
“So there’s quite a broad range, but it’s wonderful because we all have that love of art in common.”
National Gallery of Victoria Voluntary Guides president Sarah Watts said getting visitors to engage with art was a really big task for guides.
“They’re the font line, they represent not just Ballarat but the works that have been collected,” she said.