Jamila Prowse

Name:
Jamila Prowse.

How long have you been at Fabrica?
Since July 2015.

What have you been doing at Fabrica?
Front of house stewarding at the recent Fragility show and helping out at film screenings.

What are your reasons for volunteering with us?
My mum is an artist but I ended up studying Humanities at University. I wanted to get back in touch with that side of my life as it makes me feel much closer to home. It’s wonderful having the chance to meet and work with lots of creatively engaged people and feel inspired by everything that’s going on around me.

What do you hope to get out of it?
A better idea of how an art gallery is run and how the arts are valued and maintained within local communities. Seeing the amount of work and research that is put into a show is fascinating.

What is your most memorable experience whilst volunteering with Fabrica?
Watching The Turin Horse film in the midst of Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva’s work (and getting to work the popcorn machine prior to the screening).

Who is your favourite artist? (at Fabrica or personal?)
Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Favourite Exhibition? (at Fabrica or personal?)
‘David Bowie Is’ which I originally saw at the V&A, and then again in Berlin (I cried both times).

What artwork would you put in the gallery if you had free rein?
Susie Vickery’s recent project ‘Mapping the Hurt’ where she stitched a quilt with women in Mumbai, mapping incidents of domestic violence that had happened to them and people they knew.

Why should anyone thinking of volunteering with Fabrica get involved?
It’s such a giving and welcoming environment to be a part of, and it will open up lots of different possibilities and avenues for you.

What do you do when you’re not volunteering with us?
I study English at Sussex University, make fudge at Roly’s Fudge Pantry in the Lanes and I run a women’s magazine called Typical Girls which is has just released its first issue.

Typical Girls website: http://www.typicalgirlsmagazine.com
Typical Girls facebook: https://www.facebook.com/typicalgirlsmagazine

Jamila Prowse "It’s such a giving and welcoming environment to be a part of, and it will open up lots of different possibilities and avenues for you."