The Booth: 2022 Call for Proposals

Due 31 January 2022

Gus Fisher Gallery is pleased to offer two opportunities for artists to present new, site-specific work in The Booth in 2022. These artworks will be exhibited alongside concurrent exhibitions at Gus Fisher Gallery over the periods April to July, and August to November 2022.

Proposals are welcomed from artists looking to present new and experimental practices in a distinct architectural space, which formerly housed the original telephone booth for the building in the days of Radio 1YA and TVNZ.

Proposals will be selected for the strength of idea and its planned realisation, with original, site-specific concepts highly encouraged. The selection process will maintain the anonymity of the artist in order to counter categories of ‘emerging, mid-career and established’ to delineate an artist’s career stage.


Send your proposal to gusfishergallery@auckland.ac.nz. Applications are due 31 January 2022.

A red booth space with a small iPad playing a film mounted on the wall. In the background is a large grey, red and green wallpaper on a yellow wall.

Emily Parr, My Dearest Minna (letter) and Owing to recent happenings (telegrams), 2021. Courtesy of the artist. Installation view. Photography by Sam Hartnett.

Volunteer opportunities

Gus Fisher Gallery is a vibrant contemporary art space housed in an iconic heritage building in central Auckland that was formerly home to Radio 1YA and TVNZ. Now owned by The University of Auckland, we are proud of the uniqueness of our building’s heritage and the opportunity to deliver thought-provoking, relevant arts programming that resonates with audiences familiar with and new to art.

Volunteers are an integral part of our small team at Gus Fisher Gallery, as they provide the first point of contact for visitors looking to engage in the socially relevant and contemporary art focused programming we do. Choosing to volunteer with us can provide a variety of experiences that can include: assisting with the delivery of events for our public programme, helping with the smooth running of our busy public exhibition openings, greeting visitors to the gallery and monitoring the gallery’s exhibitions and displays. Other tasks may also include contributions to our social media activity, website and mail-outs.

In return, our small gallery team share our enthusiasm, experience and knowledge, with a remit to providing every volunteer who chooses to share their time with us dedicated opportunities for professional development.

Like you, we thrive on creative output and are committed to providing a welcoming and inspiring environment where artworks can help us learn new things about ourselves and the world.

If you are enthusiastic about contemporary art, heritage spaces, enjoy engaging with different people and can commit to at least one shift of three hours per month, please fill out the Volunteers Application Form and get in touch. We can offer you hands-on experience in an art gallery, the opportunity to participate in gallery-led professional development seminars, and networking connections with artists and other arts professionals.

We are looking for someone with:

  • Interest in and passion for contemporary art and artistic practices
  • Confidence interacting with visitors to the gallery’s programmes
  • Initiative in responding to the needs of a working gallery
  • Availability of one morning or afternoon at least once a month
  • Excellent time keeping and reliability
  • Good written skills for website, social media and blog updates

To register your interest, please complete the application below and email to gusfishergallery@auckland.ac.nz. We will be in touch when new spaces open up!

Gus Fisher Gallery Volunteer Application Form

Angela Tiatia, The Fall, 2017, video still. Courtesy the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf.