The Pottery Café Fulham is a pottery studio where customers of all ages decorate biscuit-fired ceramics supplied by Emma Bridgewater and Chessell Pottery Barns. I worked in a team as a studio assistant, shop assistant and waitress, helping customers with a wide range of needs, from painting babies footprints to supervising children’s parties. Achievements included celebrating meeting targets in the team, as on each day we aimed to exceed the amount of money made on the same day in the previous year. The team I worked with at weekends received excellent feedback from both managers and customers. This was a temporary position, as the café hired extra staff to cover the busy Christmas period. The job worked well alongside my course at the Royal Drawing School. I turned down the offer to continue working there as I am looking for a job that develops my Fine Art and History of Art knowledge.
High Society provides hospitality services for events across London, and I have worked with them on a temporary basis in the summer holidays throughout university. Previous events included the Olympic Games 2012, Royal Ascot and the Chelsea Flower Show. Working for High Society was valuable in learning waitressing skills and working in team, often with new people and managers for each job. I did this job on a temporary basis to earn money to cover costs during University studies.
Throughout my time at university I worked as a babysitter for three families with children aged five to eighteen. This involved taking the younger children to after school activities, cooking dinner and helping with homework. At times these jobs were challenging; in my final year I looked after a family of four aged between 5 and 12, which despite being full-on, was also extremely rewarding. Balancing working alongside my degree also required careful time management to ensure I met deadlines as well as having flexible availability to work. Leaving Edinburgh and moving south was the reason for leaving this job.
I worked in the Museum of London Education Department assisting Ruth Briant. Ruth was teaching a class on Roman objects from the Museum of London collection to two different school groups. I assisted in the teaching of the class through setting up and tidying up the classroom, handing out objects and asking questions to spark up conversations in group discussions. This was a time of learning through taking part in the class, and seeing which techniques worked in engaging the class in an environment outside school. This was a one-day voluntary work assisting job.
I lived in Edinburgh but visited the National Mining Museum Scotland on a regular basis, initially to research the museum and have a tour of the old working coal mine taken by an ex-miner tour guide. Following this, I planned the work I would do with the Education Officer Alison Shepherd. I was invited to draw and photograph the museum collections which included coal cutting machinery. I also organised an exhibition of my work with the Assistant Curator and Keeper of the Museum; my work was displayed in part of the old working mine that hadn't been used as an exhibition space before, and an education space in the Miner's Memorial Centre. My work began by cutting the patterns from coal cutting machinery from paper, then using the leftover pieces from these to make installations. I projected images or light onto the installations to illustrate power. This was a residency organised for the Spring. It finished in time for me to concentrate on my Degree Show in May and June 2015.
The Bridge Inn, Waitress and Bar work, May – July 2014, £6.50/h The Bridge Inn is a village pub also selling high quality food. Work included pulling pints, making drinks, serving food, laying tables, washing up and sometimes aiding with food preparation. This was valuable in learning new skills quickly and being part of a team in which each person was valuable. I did this as a summer job whilst living at home.
'By leaves we live' was designed to bring together planners and other professionals who have an interest in Scotland's natural environment and want to find ways to engage the wider public in considering the challenges posed by economic development versus sustainable natural landscapes. The project brought together built environment professionals through art and artists, and I helped co-ordinate the six projects involved. I participated in the project about Forest Restructuring with artist and poet Gerry Loose. I was also involved with artist David Faithfull’s project about Renewable Energy, which inspired my artistic interest in Power Stations. The creator of the project left before its completion; as a result both the project leader and I took on many more responsibilities. Through this I learnt more about organisation and teamwork, and developed an interest in making and discussing art with people from non-artistic backgrounds. The internship lasted until the end of June and an exhibition took place for the project in October 2013, in City Chambers, Edinburgh.
Patriothall contains a gallery and artist studios. The role involved learning about the different works and artists displayed in the exhibition, as well as invigilating and cleaning the space. Consequently, I gained a valuable insight into the processes of curating and running an exhibition outside of University. This voluntary job ran for the duration of the exhibition only.
The Titus Trust runs holiday camps for children aged 8-18. Those aged 18+ help run the camp by being part of the Cleaning Team. They are called Senior Campers. The camp usually caters for 200 people in total, so the Cleaning Team is an essential part of the camp. Tasks include serving and clearing food, washing up, making packed lunches, cleaning toilets and bathrooms, and cleaning and organising the site at the beginning and end of the camp. This role helped to develop my ability to work in a team to complete a wide range of tasks. I decided to stop participating in the camp in the following summers in order to help my grandmother move house and spend time with my great aunt who is an artist and poet in Kent.
I worked in the Art department at Kings Rochester School assisting Sarah Wright. Sarah was teaching a variety of classes to students at the school, including painting, drawing, and pottery. I assisted the class by helping children with their work, setting up and tidying up the classroom, and helping Sarah with the general organisation of the department. This helped my understanding of how lessons are catered to suit different age groups and needs, and how to teach art in a way in which students are able to be creative. This was a two week work experience.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Painting Conservation Department Work Experience, 1 – 5 July 2008, voluntary (unpaid) I completed one weeks work experience in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Painting Conservation Department with Nicola Costaras. This involved helping with filing and learning about how painting conservation works. I knew I was unable to look into conservation as a possible career as my Chemistry and Physics skills were not strong enough to study either of them for AS and A Level. However, working in the Conservation Department and seeing paintings being treated up close was extremely valuable, and the insight it provided into how the Museum is run behind the scenes was hugely exciting. This was work experience organised on a temporary basis.
Fine Art (Painting) and History of Art
Awarded for an essay combining my Fine Art and History of Art studies on Francisco to Goya, Francis Bacon, William Blake and Fine Art work around the theme of 'Heaven and Hell'