Paul Nash was a leading British artist of the first half of the 20th century. His art was rooted in English landscape and his feeling for ‘the spirit of the place’. He also played an important part in introducing European movements to British art and surrealism was a significant element of his work. He is also noted for his powerful pictures from both World Wars. His final landscapes united his interest in symbolism, emotion and landscape in richly coloured compositions.
No prior experience or knowledge of Paul Nash is needed.
On the job training is provided, including an exhibition presentation.
The Laing Art Gallery are looking to build a group of enthusiastic and committed volunteers to invigilate the exhibition Paul Nash. This is an exciting opportunity for both knowledgeable and novice art lovers.
We would like you to:
- Offer visitors a welcome to the gallery with a warm and simple greeting or a small introductory explanation should they wish.
- You may be asked questions, many of which you will be able to answer through training and crib sheets. There may be questions that you need assistance with and this will be supported through the Laing team. Being conversational with the visitors is key to this role.
- You may like to choose 2 favourite pictures to be able to talk to visitors about (background information will be provided)
- Volunteer Invigilators will be required to patrol and view gallery C with an eye to ensuring visitors do not become too close to the art works and do not touch the art works. You will be required to notify Laing staff if breaches occur.
- Move around the room to ensure all areas are equally covered
- Hours, either
- Full day 11am to 5pm with ½ hour lunch break
- ½ day of 11am to 2pm and 2pm to 5pm
- Sunday from 2pm to 5pm
- We would love to build a dedicated team of volunteers to be able to commit to at least one 3.5 hour morning or afternoon session per week.
Why get involved?
This is your opportunity to be part of one of the largest exhibitions that the Laing Art Gallery has held.
Training will be given about the exhibition by the curator and further training about the the operations of the gallery will be provided from the dedicated Front of House team.
Training and working alongside Gallery professionals will give you a full understanding of the day to day activities of the Paul Nash exhibition and the staff around you.
You will be fully supported in your role by gallery management and have full access to and training for the use o radio communication should you need assistance at any time.
Volunteers will gain the chance to develop interactive and presentation skills. They will become part of the Laing Art Gallery’s valued network of volunteers, and receive invitations to special events.
This will be a fantastic addition to CV's and university applications.
*Please note: we are happy to cover any volunteer transport costs involved with this role.
How to get involved?
- Log in or sign up to Volunteer for TWAM.
- Accept this challenge.
- Await a response from us with more information.
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