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Interview with the Bluecoat Volunteer - Mark Quine

  •  What interested you in volunteering at the Bluecoat?

“In general - I like art. I remember coming into the Bluecoat a while ago – it was not what I expected. It's also such a nice place that’s quiet and relaxed, so I thought it would be a good place to volunteer.”

  • What department do you volunteer with? What kinds of duties are involved?

“Mainly in the galleries. It’s a nice setting, it’s quiet; it’s interesting to look at all the different works. I talk to visitors, watch over the gallery itself, provide help; information on the different art pieces and answer their questions.”

  • What style of art/ artists are you interested in?

“Older works, like Van Gogh.”

  • What are your interests and previous work experience?

“I’m really interested in criminology. I used to work with the young offenders a while ago - that was interesting. I’ve just finished a diploma in criminal psychology. I start the next one soon – crime scene investigation.”

  • What are your career aims?

“Definitely criminology.”

  • What is your opinion on the current exhibition?

“It’s really good; it’s fascinating. It sort of gets you thinking about what goes on in the middle of the night. My favourite pieces are Dornith Doherty’s coyotes and Frances Alÿs’ ‘The Nightwatch’ - the fox walking around the National Gallery.”

  • What do you enjoy the most about working here?

“All the nice people you meet and having the chance to have a good look at the artwork.”

  • Why do you feel it is important to volunteer?

“Work experience – to set you up for future work; socialisation, and being able to help.”



Interviewed and written by Amy Davies, Marketing Apprentice


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