Volunteers' Week: More At Peace & More Alive

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Posted 5th June 2020

More At Peace & More Alive

This week is Volunteers' Week, a time to recognise our 250 volunteers who support the work we do throughout the year. We've been keeping in touch with the team and asked them to tell us about their volunteering at Watts Gallery – Artists' Village and what they are missing most about not being here. Natalia Goldman explains what volunteering has meant to her.

What I enjoy and appreciate most about volunteering at Watts Gallery is the connections that I've made. Due to health difficulties which began when I was still at school, I have sometimes felt quite isolated. Having the opportunity to volunteer at the gallery in my twenties and now thirties has opened up my world to so many new things. From the social connections with the volunteers, staff and visitors. Being able to learn much more about the world of art and making connections between different artists and their inspirations. To a deeper connection with the natural world and the beautiful surroundings of the Artists' Village.

What am I missing most about Watts? The short answer is I miss the people the most, the community of staff and volunteers and our friendly visitors.

The long answer is that I miss how it feels when you visit the estate. The beauty of the natural setting combined with the galleries and the artwork within has such a calming effect on me. I also feel energised and inspired by the exhibitions, events and dynamic purpose of the Art For All projects. It's the only place I know that manages to make me feel both more at peace and more alive.

I can't wait for the time when we can all return to such a special place.

If you'd like to join our volunteer team contact Claire Griffin on Claire.griffin@wattsgallery.org.uk to find out more.