Grant from ExxonMobil thanks to Volunteer Janine Bailey

Posted by Admin on 20 Nov 2014, 9:42 a.m.

Thanks to the help of our volunteer Janine Bailey and her husband Howard, we are delighted to announce that Watts Gallery has received a grant from ExxonMobil as part of their Volunteer Involvement Programme.

The grant will be used to conserve a pair of pen and ink drawings of Physical Energy. Their conservation will ensure that these beautiful drawings can be included in the Gallery’s exhibition Brothers in Art: The Drawings of G F Watts and Frederic Leighton which opens in November 2015. It also ensures that these important preparatory sketches can be enjoyed not only by our visitors but for future generations.

The grant highlights the crucial role that Watts Gallery’s volunteers play in supporting the core team. We are lucky enough to have a community of almost 300 volunteers, but we are always looking to welcome new members to the team. Look out for information on the next Volunteers’ Open Day when there will be lots of exciting opportunities to get involved with the opening of Watts Studios next year.

“I have been volunteering as a gallery steward at Watts Gallery for just over a year, and can honestly say that I love it. The staff and other volunteers are friendly and helpful, quickly making me feel part of the Watts community. There are many opportunities for training as well as more social events. One of the most important factors for me is the facility to fit my shifts around term-time study and family commitments thanks to the flexible rota. I especially enjoy helping visitors to get the most from their visit and to engage with the permanent and temporary exhibitions.” Janine Bailey

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Howard, who works for Esso in Leatherhead, successfully applied for a grant from the ExxonMobil Volunteer Involvement Programme, which recognises the contributions of time and energy made to local community groups. The programme is open to ExxonMobil employees and their families.