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I am currently studying my MA in Art and Politics at Goldsmiths University London, having graduated in 2015 with a BA in Art History and English Literature from the University of Leeds. I am deeply passionate about art and hope to pursue a career in this sector. I have undertaken various roles which have ensured me an experience this area, and I feel that my passion alongside my hardworking, optimistic, sociable and responsible nature would enable me to thrive in such a working environment. I believe strongly in the power and importance of art in helping communities and individuals to thrive, having experienced first hand the wonderful rehabilitating effects of art on disadvantaged children and people with mental health difficulties.
I am currently volunteering 1-2 days a week at Core Arts, an art college in Homerton, London promoting mental wellbeing for people undergoing mental health difficulties. Working in the art classes, my duties span from assisting students with technical issues and helping inspire them creatively, to providing emotional support. I also spend time on reception, where I greet and talk with students, and deal with basic administrative queries. This is a rewarding, enjoyable but tough job, which demands emotional resilience and a consistently up-beat and empathetic approach.
I spent 6 weeks living with a family in Costa Rica in order to learn Spanish for my upcoming travels. During this time I volunteered full time at the ‘Children's Museum’ in Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose. I gained several valuable skills in this volunteer post, the first being communicating without language, as at the beginning of my placement I was unable to speak any Spanish and no one at the museum spoke english. As a result of this situation I was also able to begin to pick up Spanish and I learnt first-hand the benefits of interactive learning for children. My duties included conducting tours of the museum (mainly to western tourists!) and speaking with visitors, helping them with the various interactive displays
I spent three months on a paid internship programme with REED recruitment, where duties included general administration, as well as building and utilising the skills required of a recruitment consultant. These included: speaking with and business developing with clients in order to maintain relationships and build new ones, searching for suitable candidates to match with the jobs I have found, and writing job adverts to an excellent standard in order to generate interest in the jobs in question. Whilst I was offered a full time position at REED following a successful internship, I chose to not pursue this line of work.
MAP is an education centre for young people aged between 12 and 16 which focuses on supporting and helping students return to mainstream education through Music and Art. I worked at MAP in the arts classes for a full day every week, aiding the children with their work. I learnt how to deal with extremely challenging behaviour and situations, whilst also bearing witness to and helping to enforce the beneficial, therapeutic qualities of art.
Stonehage is a leading Family Office wealth management and advisory service provider. I worked in their specialist art management and advisory area. I was given a variety of tasks; data collection handling and beyond, at Stonehage, as well as gaining an understanding of the basic mechanisms of wealth management. I was given the responsibility for organising the early steps of a company trip to the TEFAF Maastricht. I collected and wrote an informative guide on current art exhibitions which was sent to everyone in the company. I was given a specification to find possible art works which the company was seeking to hang in their offices and spent time looking in galleries and online collections before coming to a recommendation that was adopted. As part of my time at Stonehage, I also spent time at Christies and Sotheby’s, gaining an insight into what they do and how they work.
The Hepworth Gallery is a major art gallery in Yorkshire devoted to contemporary art I started work at the Hepworth in order to continue my gallery volunteering whilst at university in Leeds and also to broaden my knowledge of art, the works on display constituting something so entirely different from the gallery in Compton. At the Hepworth my volunteering was synonymous with the work I did at Watts Gallery. I would generally spend my time here welcoming people into the gallery and overlooking the collection whilst speaking with and offering visitors information on the art.
The Watts Gallery is based in Surrey and is devoted to the art of George Watts Here I work as a Steward, greeting people upon entering the gallery and introducing them with background information on 19th Century collection of G.F Watts I have built up an array of knowledge of the artist and roamed the permanent and temporary exhibition spaces speaking to visitors about the art, as well as ensuring visitor satisfaction and the various works’ safety. I also spent a week working in the visitor services sector of the gallery in its offices, where I was entrusted on various research projects collecting facts and figures to help build Donor, Patron and Visitor support.
I am currently studying my MA in Art and Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London, which I will have completed by 1st September 2017. The course, one of only several of its kind worldwide, explores the differences, similarities, and intersection of 'Art' and 'Politics', or the 'Political'. As well the core module, which explored this topic thoroughly, my modules included 'Race, Empire and Nation', 'The Politics of Human Rights', and 'Latin American Politics through the Arts'. I also took two modules in which I was able to develop my own artistic practice, one of which was an individual project, where we were given free rein in producing something socially or politically engaged. The other module was a 'group project', which responded to the brief 'Giving Voice without Speaking For', which, working in a collective, cumulated in unofficially chaining a banner to a bridge on the topic of Mental Health. My dissertation, which I am currently working on, explores Narco-violence in Mexico through the lens of myth, performativity and disembodiment.
I have a BA degree in Joint Honours History of Art and English Literature from Leeds University. My specialisms included: Surrealism, Modernism, Feminism, Mental Health in Literature and Art, Michel Foucault (Philosophy in 20th Century), Avant Gardes, Victorian Literature, Post WW2 French Art, 1950's & 60's New York School. My dissertation explored the representation of Female Madness in Surrealist Ideology.