Bedford Gallery offers many enriching volunteer opportunities. Gallery Docents are trained to lead tour groups; Guild Members provide hospitality and information to visitors; and Gallery Interns serve as administrative or curatorial aides. Volunteering at the Bedford Gallery is fun and provides an opportunity to make friends, learn about art, and help foster love of the arts in our community.

Reward yourself by becoming a Bedford Gallery volunteer! Through our many volunteer opportunities, you can take part in the behind-the-scenes activities of the gallery as you learn about contemporary art and artists of the Bay Area.

As a volunteer you can: 

• Meet some of today's most exciting and provocative artists 
• Work in a dynamic atmosphere with the Bedford Gallery curator, artists, and art historians 
• Visit Bay Area artists' studios, museums, and galleries 
• Participate in hands-on art projects 
• Learn about the inner workings of the Bedford Gallery and other art institutions


Bedford Gallery docents lead tours of gallery exhibitions for groups of children and adults. Docents receive special training in art history and effective touring techniques. Through exciting interactive tours and participatory discussions, docents provide an invaluable service to the Bay Area community. Docents provide students with the art education that many schools can no longer offer. Children's tours include a hands-on workshop. Tours are by appointment and most are scheduled for weekday mornings.



Bedford Gallery Guild members staff the gallery's front desk, greet visitors, provide visitors with information, and monitor activities in the gallery. Guild members also host Bedford Gallery's opening receptions and participate in fundraising activities. Guild members work weekday afternoons and some evenings and weekends during receptions and special events. Guild members must be at least 18 years old to apply and have weekday availability. 

As a Guild member, you will be expected to commit 2.5 hours per month on a year round basis. Volunteer shifts are available Tuesday-Friday from 12:00pm-2:30pm or 2:30pm-5:00pm.


The Bedford Gallery Internship offers an opportunity for students interested in visual art careers to get hands-on gallery experience. Interns will work in a broad range of gallery operations – from installation and exhibition research to community outreach and administrative work. Under the supervision of the Curator, with the Intern Coordinator at the lead, interns will receive a well-rounded gallery experience. In some cases, gallery interns will work with other gallery staff (marketing coordinator, preparatory) and will be given projects that will build the resume and advance and sharpen their communication skills, computer skills, and understanding of the art world. The Bedford Gallery team is willing to work with interns to help them achieve experience in specific areas if requested. More information about our internships can be found here