Installation view of TheSpirit of Utopia, 2013. Whitechapel Gallery, London. Courtesy Whitechapel Gallery, London. Copyright Timothy Soar

Call for Volunteers

The Power Plant presents an amazing opportunity to participate in the making of a contemporary work of art. The gallery is seeking dynamic, outgoing people to volunteer and make one of our Summer exhibitions possible.

Set to make its Canadian premiere at The Power Plant this Summer,  Sanatorium is an ongoing performative project by artist Pedro Reyes. It requires the participation of visitors who undergo therapy sessions led by volunteers, all intended to ease the ills associated with urban living. First presented by the Guggenheim, New York in 2011, Sanatorium has since traveled to venues including Whitechapel Gallery, London (2012) and dOCUMENTA 13 (2012).

Volunteers are needed to act as therapists, to directly engage with gallery visitors to facilitate and deliver therapy sessions. As a volunteer, you will play a central role in the realization of the artist's work.

While the exhibition and its therapy sessions differ with each venue, the content and procedures for the therapies are always prepared by Reyes and carried out by volunteers who are trained as 'Sanatorium therapists.' It is through this involvement of non-professionals that Reyes challenges the notion of hierarchy, whereby the space of the gallery becomes a site for democratized psychological processes. Sanatorium is a contemporary relational installation where audiences are only able to experience the work through participation as a “patient.”

More information about the exhibition Pedro Reyes: Sanatorium


All volunteers must participate in a three-day, intensive training session led by artist Pedro Reyes from 24 - 26 June in order to train for their role as 'therapist.'

Volunteer 'therapists' are asked to commit to a schedule of 3 shifts per week for the full run of the exhibition, from
27 June - 1 September, 2014. Shifts are 4 to 5 hours in length during gallery hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10 AM – 6 PM, Thursday 10 AM – 8 PM, and 10 AM – 6 PM on statutory holiday Mondays. There is some flexibility to accommodate for vacations and away requests.

In keeping with the artist’s vision, volunteers should to be “open and ready to behave as human beings, listening to other people’s desires and needs.” Therefore, interested applicants should possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, demonstrated mature personal judgment, diplomacy, and confidence in negotiating unpredictable situations. Prior knowledge or expertise of contemporary art or psychology is not required.

Volunteers will receive two TTC tokens for each shift worked.

 How to Apply

To apply, please email your CV and a brief letter of interest (300-500 words) to info@thepowerplant.org by
Tuesday, 22 April, 2014
. Please use the subject line "Sanatorium Volunteer Application" and please address the following points in your letter:

• Why are you interested in volunteering as a therapist?
• What are you hoping to take away from participating in Sanatorium as a therapist?
• What skills or experiences do you have to offer to this position?

Email: info@thepowerplant.org

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone or walk-in inquiries please. All applications are considered confidential.


Employment Opportunities

There are currently no opportunities at The Power Plant.

Volunteer Opportunities

Join the team at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Share your unique set of skills and gain valuable experience at one of Canada’s leading contemporary art galleries. Volunteers perform a variety of roles at The Power Plant, including greeting and interacting with patrons, ensuring the security of works in the gallery, photographing and videotaping lectures, assisting with events, and more.

A volunteer at The Power Plant is:

• reliable and professional
• outgoing
• a team player
• enthusiastic for contemporary art
• committed for a minimum of six months


• meet new people
• develop new skills
• reimbursements for TTC transportation costs
• complimentary tickets to selected events
• free Power Plant merchandise and catalogues
• complimentary Power Plant membership after 15 shifts

How to volunteer

Send your application form and résumé to info@thepowerplant.org.  by Friday, February 14.

*Please note: attendance at an orientation session is mandatory. Please contact info@thepowerplant.org for the date of the next orientation session. You will receive more information and the confirmed orientation date once your résumé has been received.