The Career Clusters in a gallery

The Career Clusters in a gallery
In this Workplace Spotlight, we’ll take you through what it’s like to work in a Gallery, including roles you’ll find for each Career Cluster.

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Galleries serve as spaces designed to showcase and celebrate various forms of art and creative expression. They provide a platform for artists, both emerging and established, to exhibit their works to the public, fostering appreciation and understanding of art. Galleries create an atmosphere that encourages contemplation and exploration, allowing individuals to connect with the emotions, ideas, and messages conveyed by the artists.

As cultural hubs, galleries also play a significant role in enriching communities by hosting events, educational programs, and collaborative initiatives, helping to foster a vibrant and thriving artistic community.

While each gallery is different, they do have some things in common:

  1. An appreciation for the arts – as you might expect, you’ll need to have a passion for art, from painting and sculpture to digital media and photography.
  2. Communication is key – from explaining the meaning of artworks to the public to collaborating effectively with your co-workers.
  3. Volunteering is common – while there are lots of paid roles in galleries, they also rely on the hard work of volunteers as well (and it can act as a great springboard for future opportunities).

Key Outcome

Artistic appreciation and cultural enrichment

The main purpose of a gallery is to exhibit and celebrate diverse forms of art, engaging and inspiring visitors.

Key Tasks

  • Select and arrange exhibits with care and creativity.
  • Engage with guests, providing information and guidance.
  • Prepare the gallery space for new displays.
  • Maintain detailed records of artworks and collections.
  • Ensure proper handling and preservation of artworks.
  • Organise exhibitions, workshops, and artist talks.
  • Facilitate artwork sales and process transactions.
  • Promote exhibitions and events to attract visitors.


You can find galleries in the arts and recreation services industry

Galleries are generally found in the arts and recreation services industry. Galleries can be general or specialise in a particular form of art (fine art, photography, etc.), and can vary in size from small pop-up facilities to huge buildings filled with artworks.

Work Environment

You can expect regular hours and flexible working arrangements

Regular hours  |  Work on-site or remote  |  Jobs more common in metro areas  |  Strong job growth

Specific opening hours can vary from gallery to gallery, but many of them are open during regular working hours, and often on weekends as well. They may also stay open late some days, depending on events and exhibitions that are currently running. When swapping between exhibits, galleries may close for a day or two to prepare.

There are plenty of roles in galleries that allow for both on-site and remote work, depending on your exact responsibilities.

Galleries tend to be more common in metropolitan areas due to higher population and demand, but smaller local galleries are still popular in regional and rural areas too, particularly in towns with a strong cultural or tourism focus.

The Career Clusters you’ll find in a gallery

People from all Clusters are needed for a gallery to run successfully, and there are plenty of roles to choose from in nearly any Cluster. In many roles, you might find yourself performing tasks across multiple Clusters.


Makers in a gallery help to transport, unpack, and install pieces of art, as well as put together exhibit spaces that take full advantage of available space and are appealing to visitors. Some Makers might help ensure that technology runs smoothly, while others help to keep the space clean and tidy for visitors. Other Makers might be responsible for retouching or repairing old artworks that have been damaged or have faded over time.

  • Art Handlers/Installers
  • Technicians
  • Cleaners
  • Art Restorers

Linkers provide guidance and advice to visitors, explaining the layout and which exhibits are currently showing, as well as selling tickets to paid exhibitions. Other Linkers might negotiate with artists, private collectors, and other galleries to buy or acquire works for their collection, and even broker deals for works on display to those interested in buying. Some Linkers might work to promote the gallery to the public, or connect with local businesses, organisations, and schools to collaborate.

  • Receptionists
  • Art Dealers
  • Marketing Managers
  • Community Outreach

Coordinators are responsible for managing the administration of a gallery, including budgeting and finances, scheduling events and exhibits, keeping thorough records and catalogues of artworks on display and in storage, and organising other staff. Some Coordinators work to oversee the overall artistic direction and business strategy of the gallery.

  • Gallery Directors
  • Curators
  • Operations Managers
  • Administration Assistants
  • Events Coordinators

Galleries often run workshops and educational events and need Informers to educate the public during these events, and even explain the themes and production techniques behind works at any time. Some Informers might conduct in-depth research on a particular piece of art or artist to provide information and context for an exhibition. Other Informers can provide specialist advice on properly preserving and storing works to ensure their longevity.

  • Art Educators
  • Art Researchers
  • Art Conservators

Innovators are often the people responsible for creating much of the work we see in a gallery. They also help to design visually appealing displays and exhibition, picking appropriate pieces and placing them where they will have the most impact. Other Innovators might find newer and better ways to engage audiences with artwork, such as incorporating augmented and virtual reality.

  • Artists
  • Curators
  • Experience Designers

Guardians aren’t too common in galleries but are still needed to keep important (and expensive) artworks safe and secure. Other Guardians might advise on workplace health and safety practices and requirements, such as ensuring heavy works are fixed properly to walls and floors, or that installers are following proper lifting techniques.

  • Security Officers
  • Workplace Health and Safety Officers

How do we expect working in a gallery to change in the future?

Technology has greatly changed the landscape of art, from production to display, and will likely create more changes into the future.

Advancements in blockchain technology could be used for art authentication and provenance tracking, ensuring authenticity and transparency in the art market. Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are also becoming more integrated into gallery spaces to create immersive and interactive experiences.

Online engagement will continue to be vital, with social media and other digital platforms serving as essential tools for galleries to interact with audiences, share art experiences, and promote exhibitions.

Particularly since the pandemic, some roles in galleries have become more flexible and remote-friendly. Many galleries have also shifted to providing fully online exhibitions, so visitors don’t even need to leave the house to experience the displays.

The art market is constantly adapting to new collector preferences, and galleries will need to focus on being more inclusive by showcasing diverse artists and perspectives. Sustainability has also become more important, and galleries must explore eco-friendly practices.