Posted 24th February 2018
Watts Contemporary Gallery
Student Volunteering Week
I started volunteering at Watts Gallery in the university summer holidays. I wanted to do something that would give me a break from studying that would also be worthwhile. Watts Gallery particularly appealed to me because it gave me the chance to work with a wide range of people, both children and adults, as well as improving my artistic knowledge and skills. I currently volunteer at events and school visits with the Learning Team as well as stewarding in the galleries.
Visitors are often surprised when they find out I'm not an art student, but volunteering in a gallery can suit anyone with any interest in art regardless of what subject you're studying. It can give you opportunities to increase your confidence as well as developing skills such as communication and teamwork. It doesn't matter if you aren't very knowledgeable about art to start off with because you learn so much from staff and other volunteers.
Volunteering has had a positive impact on my studies. As a student it can be easy to feel a bit cut-off from the “real world", but volunteering has allowed me to make friends with people outside university and feel involved in the local community again. I've also found that helping children to make terracotta chicks in a family pottery workshop is a really good revision break when studying for exams!
Learning and Events Volunteer