Recruiting Gallery Explainers
3rd Aug, 2017

An exciting developmental opportunity will run over the course of We The People Are The Work for anyone looking to get experience in the arts or customer service, in Plymouth.

Volunteers will be recruited as Gallery Explainers in each of the five exhibiting venues and fully trained to enhance the visitor experience, providing insight and facilitating interesting conversations.

Training will include a comprehensive look at contemporary art and techniques for engaging audiences and an introduction to the exhibition and its artists, delivered by Plymouth-based artist and trainer Rachel Dobbs. Alongside the art-focussed training, volunteers can expect to complete an accredited certificate in Customer Service by WorldHost, delivered through City College Plymouth.

The aim of the Gallery Explainer programme is not only to enhance audiences’ experiences in each of the venues but to create opportunities for people in Plymouth to develop their knowledge and understanding of the arts, culture and heritage sector. Participants can use the skills and training to further their careers in learning, volunteering or employment and will receive professional references at the end of the programme.

The progression opportunities are an important aspect of the initiative. Rebecca Wickes, Volunteer & Early Career Development Officer at The Box, Plymouth, one of the project partners, explains, “We’re really keen to encourage applications from a range of communities to enrich the programme and ensure there’s real opportunity to develop individuals. We’ll be holding a career progression workshop as part of the programme signposting our volunteers on to other opportunities in Plymouth.”

We The People Are The Work
is a major visual arts project in Plymouth that will explore ideas of power, protest and the public. The project will see five internationally acclaimed artists from the UK, Canada, France and Mexico journey to Plymouth to create new artworks, give talks and lead workshops, inspired by the city’s rich heritage, its people, and their aspirations for the future.

The exhibition, We The People Are The Work will take place from Friday 22 September - Saturday 18 November 2017 at five venues around the city: The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, The Council House at Plymouth City Council, KARST, Peninsula Arts at Plymouth University and Plymouth Arts Centre.

Anyone interested in applying to take part in the Gallery Explainer programme should contact Rebecca for application details or a chat at volunteering@plymouth.gov.uk or 01752 306454. Applications will be welcomed until Friday 8th September at 12pm. Shifts will run on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 27th September to the 18th November.