How long have you been at Fabrica?
Since July 2015.
What have you been doing at Fabrica?
Invigilating during the Fragility exhibition.
What are your reasons for volunteering with us?
To interact with the public in a creative setting, to gain experience of front of house customer service, to develop my knowledge of the artworks on display and to understand the Artist’s vision.
What do you hope to get out of it?
All of the above.
What is your most memorable experience whilst volunteering with Fabrica?
A conversation I had with one of the visitors for the exhibition, which lasted nearly an hour and turned into an avid debate about current affairs.
Who is your favourite artist? (at Fabrica or personal?)
It’s constantly changing. I loved Fragility by artist Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, I also like Anthony Gormley, Toulouse-Lautrec and an innumerable number of comic book artists including – most importantly – Neil Gaiman.
Favourite Exhibition? (at Fabrica or personal?)
David Hockney at the Guggenheim in 2012.
What artwork would you put in the gallery if you had free rein?
It’s hard to say. I think Fragility worked because the space was considered carefully – so it would have to be an artist who is able to adapt their work to the surroundings or, better yet, utilize the space efficiently. Honestly, this could be anyone. But I personally think installations are more effective in this space than 2 dimensional works hanging on walls. But then again, that’s all relative and dependent on the context behind the display.
Why should anyone thinking of volunteering with Fabrica get involved?
You meet so many people, and most of them are so happy when you talk to them. It makes me happy when I can leave visitors with a smile on their faces. Brighton has a good atmosphere and one of the reasons I chose to study here is because of how open and friendly everyone is, and that is definitely also pertinent to Fabrica as well.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with us?
I’m currently in full-time education as an illustration student at Grand Parade, so a lot of my time centres around that as well as a love of reading comics and writing stories.