How long have you been at Fabrica?
I have been with Fabrica since 2013.
What have you been doing at Fabrica?
I mainly carried out Front of House duties, which included invigilating during Jordan Baseman’s exhibition ‘A Cold Hand on a Cold Day’; Jacob Dahlgren’s exhibition ‘On Balance’ and Marcus Coates ‘Dawn Chorus’. I engaged with visitors by discussing the artworks and the artists practice, as well as asking the audience to complete surveys. I also contributed to the volunteer’s magazine Response 18 and Response 19.
What are your reasons for volunteering with us?
I have been a regular visitor to Fabrica for many years and wanted to be part of a key art organisation in Brighton. I wanted to gain further insight into the ‘behind the scenes’ work, learning new skills and experiences, as well as working with like-minded people.
What do you hope to get out of it?
I enjoy engaging with staff and visitors about art. I like seeing exhibitions take shape. It’s great to work in a space with prestigious artworks and artists.
What is your most memorable experience whilst volunteering with Fabrica?
My most memorable experience is attending an exhibition briefing (with drinks) with Jordan Baseman and hearing all about the making of his film, his ideas and inspiration behind ‘A Cold Hand on a Cold Day’.
Who is your favourite artist? (at Fabrica or personal?)
My favourite artist at Fabrica is Marcus Coates.
Favourite Exhibition? (at Fabrica or personal?)
My favourite exhibition at Fabrica was ‘Dawn Chorus’ by Marcus Coates, followed closely by Jordan Baseman’s ‘A Cold Hand on a Cold Day’. Both were fantastic and thought-provoking artworks.
What artwork would you put in the gallery if you had free rein?
Alice Anderson’s ‘Mother Web’.
Why should anyone thinking of volunteering with Fabrica get involved?
It’s a great opportunity to experience the ‘behind the scenes’ workings of a large gallery. There’s a whole spectrum of activities and duties to get involved in and working alongside a great group of people makes it all the more enjoyable.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with us?
For the last two years, I have been working at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design as fine art studio assistant. My own art practice is varied; I draw and paint, and create sculptures, installations, animations and videos. I make props and use everyday objects in video performance, constructing stage scenes for use in my films and photographs. I exhibit my artwork regularly.
Artist website: www.karenpiddington.co.uk