Being involved with local networks led me onto other programmes for young people
What do you most enjoy about your role
What are the main challenges you face in your role?
The venue I work in is a beautiful location however we do lack public transport. This can affect our reach with audience and costs for school visits. The weather can also put people off; we always plan an indoor alternative. Space for activities can fill up quickly and turning people away can be disappointing, timed sessions or pre-booking can help with visitor flow.
What’s a ‘typical’ day in your working life like?
- Meeting & greeting school children
- Attending Front of House briefings
- Planning and setting up equipment for the workshops ahead
- Giving guided tours of the Collections & Exhibitions
- Delivering practical activities
- Clearing up!
- Attending meetings with other departments or external organisations
- Writing reports
- Responding to emails
Why did you decide to go into gallery/visual arts education
From my Fine
How did you get where you are today? What skills, experience or qualifications have you needed
I became involved with group of artists in the region who wanted to set up a studio space for artists to use which is now Grand Union.
Being involved with local networks led me onto other programmes for young people and I would seek out opportunities through the city council/ local authority to support the development of the arts in Birmingham.
Through initiatives such as Creative
I became more involved with Ikon gallery and from invigilating in the front of house team moved into the education department before being employed in my current role at Compton Verney.
What advice would you give to those thinking about a career in gallery/visual arts education?
Go out and meet people, make contacts and follow them up, ask to be involved even if there isn’t a job role. Just apply yourself, if you feel you’re not good enough or you don’t have the experience just go for it.
If it’s not working out, start something new or make your own job role. Ask for advice from everyone to help built a picture of what you want to achieve. Show that you want to be involved, enthusiasm will get you everywhere.
Don’t give up!
Engage often receives enquiries about how to gain work experience in the sector. What advice would you give to these people
What have been your career highlights/best moments so far?
Starting up Museums at Night at Compton Verney and seeing it grow year on year. Working with living artists and being part of a creative team of likeminded people.
How has being an Engage member helped your
Keeping up-to-date with current issues and apply for training opportunities helps to move forward with my career.