What volunteering means to me – call for submissions to our exhibition

As part of this year’s Volunteers’ Week (1 to 7 June) and the Reading Volunteer Awards 2019, Reading Voluntary Action will be working with partners to curate an exhibition on the theme of ‘what volunteering means to me’.


We are seeking creative visual representations of what volunteering means to those involved in or benefiting from voluntary work. We are looking for newly created or pre-existing photos, artwork and objects that help to illustrate your personal connection to volunteering.

By bringing together these pieces of art and their accompanying stories, we hope to create a physical and virtual exhibition showcasing the extraordinary contribution volunteers and volunteering make to life in our town.

The physical exhibition will take place in the Holybrook Gallery, while the virtual exhibition will be hosted on our website and form part of the celebration event marking the Reading Volunteer Awards 2019.

Send us your proposals

If you have something you would like to submit, please email awards@rva.org.uk with a description of the work and your contact details, and we will be in touch.

Take part in a workshop at the Rising Sun Arts Centre – Saturday 30 March 2019

Got an idea but need some help making it a reality? Our colleagues at the Rising Sun Arts Centre are running a special drop-in workshop to help people bring their ideas to life.

The workshop is for adults, and will take place on Saturday 30 March, 10am to 2pm. It will be led by artists Ollie Musson and Kate Shorey. The workshop will focus on making the most of materials you already have – maybe using your smartphone to create photos or a video, writing something about your personal connection to volunteering, or using recycled or found materials.

The workshop is free and open to all adults. You can just drop in on the day, but to help us plan, you can let us know you are attending, or ask questions, by emailing awards@rva.org.uk.