APW Print Studio & Gallery Assistant

APW Print Studio & Gallery Assistant

Hours:                 7.5 hrs per week (Saturday: 9am-5pm)

Salary:                Casual position: $40 per hour

Closing date:    14 June 2021 

An exciting opportunity has been created to join the Australian Print Workshop team.

This new casual position requires a customer-service focus and a commitment to the safe and efficient operation of the APW Print Studio Access Program and Gallery on Saturdays. 

If you are excited by the prospect of working in our internationally recognised centre of Printmaking in the heart of Fitzroy’s vibrant Gertrude Street, and have a commitment to and demonstrated experience in providing high quality customer service, we’d love to hear from you. 

About us

Australian Print Workshop (APW) is Australia’s leading independent not-for-profit arts organisation dedicated to the art of fine art printmaking and the support of contemporary Australian artists. Established in 1981, APW has a highly respected and successful track record in fine art printing, public gallery programs and exhibitions, international projects, public and corporate commissions, education programs, and community outreach projects.

Our Gertrude Street home is a hub of printmaking studios, workshops, exhibitions, and artists in residence.

APW’s Print Studio Access Program provides experienced printmakers with access to a wide range of professional printmaking equipment and facilities. The Studio has recently been reconfigured as a COVID-safe space with clearly defined individual workstations with individual sets of equipment and supplies.

APW’s Gallery and Retail Space promotes the art of printmaking through a calendar of changing exhibitions and other public programs.

The Role

You will be joining a small and committed team at Australian Print Workshop. Your primary responsibility will be ensuring a high-quality visitor and customer experience in both the APW Print Studio Access Program and Gallery.

The APW Print Studio & Gallery Assistant is responsible for ensuring the Studio is a productive and safe space for the Artists participating in the APW Print Studio Access Program. They will monitor adherence to safe practices and protocols by Artists making work in the Studio. Responsibilities include cleaning and sanitizing the Studio at the beginning and end of the day, setting-up workstations for Artists, and ensuring adequate supplies of consumables are kept in stock. Additional duties may include assisting APW Printers with other print-related tasks. 

You will also assist the APW Gallery & Retail Manager. Duties in relation to APW Gallery will, at a minimum, require cover for the APW Gallery / Retail Manager’s lunch break and may include assisting with customer enquiries, wrapping artworks, preparing works for display, assisting with mounting and framing, stocktake and sales. You will also assist at APW Gallery openings and other public events from time to time.

You will have experience in customer service (perhaps in a retail or hospitality setting) and ideally have a background in the arts, preferably with some understanding and/or technical knowledge of fine art printmaking.

Prior work experience as a studio technician; or sales assistant in an art supply shop and/or art gallery; or skills in framing and mounting artwork would be highly valued.


Applicants should outline their experience, skills, and qualifications as they relate to the position in a 1-page letter and provide their curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of two professional referees.

Applications should be addressed and emailed to: Anne Virgo OAM, APW Director: contact@australianprintworkshop.com 

Applications close: Monday 14 June 2021.

Applicants will be contacted if they have been shortlisted for interview by Friday 25 June 2021.