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Interview with the Bluecoat Volunteer - Kayleigh Davies

 

  • What interested you in volunteering at the Bluecoat?

The Bluecoat has always been my favourite gallery in Liverpool, although the city has a lot to offer in terms of culture, there has always been something about the exhibitions here that drew me in, that I connected with.

 

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

I began volunteering briefly in the galleries, I really enjoyed being able to spend time with the exhibitions and get to know the works further. After a short while, I moved across to help out with the archives here, where I helped to organise the materials systematically to make the fascinating collection more accessible. The history of the Bluecoat is so expansive that I think the library is still an ongoing task, yet the ephemera holds a bundle of hidden gems.

 

  • What are your interests and previous work experience?

My main interests are the arts and I also love to travel, I am currently in my final year studying History of Art and Museum Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. Since arriving at Liverpool I have volunteered at CAVE Art Fair, Liverpool Biennial, transcribed an essay by Judy Chicago for the Black-E and most recently completed an internship with The Double Negative. I also run my own blog at inspiredbycaffeine.wordpress.com on arts events in Liverpool and beyond.

 

  • What are your career aims?

My hope is to be in a position to make a difference, to enjoy the arts through my career, possibly in a gallery, through continuing education in the years to come or through teaching.

 

  • What is your opinion on the current exhibition?

I really enjoyed 3am, I think the interdisciplinary mediums work really well together as they have been intelligently curated; the works evoke thoughts on the subject matter of night and darkness that are unexpected, taking every visitor on a journey as they walk through the galleries.

 

  • What do you enjoy the most about working here?

I love working with an enthusiastic, creative team here who are passionate about what they do. The Bluecoat has such a wonderful heritage, arts programme and varied output that it would be difficult not to find an area within the arts that you could enjoy here.

 

  • Why do you feel it is important to volunteer?

There is only so much you can learn through books, nothing can replace first-hand experience in a workplace and to take the opportunity to discover the area in which you hope to progress is immensely valuable. As well as for personal gain, volunteering with local arts institutions gives something back to the community that has welcomed you and allows you to meet and create friendships with like-minded people.

 



Interviewed and written by Amy Davies, Marketing Apprentice

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