Peter Stonhold

Your name:
Peter Stonhold.

How long have you been at Fabrica?
Since 2014.

What have you been doing at Fabrica?
I volunteered as front of house for two exhibitions and then applied for an office admin assistant placement. I worked with the office manager and executive assistant who taught me the basics of office administration within an art gallery. This included answering phone calls and email enquires, producing a weekly rota, adding potential third party contacts to a database, sourcing materials for upcoming exhibitions, locating accommodation for artists exhibiting at Fabrica and producing staff invoices.

I also assisted with book keeping which gave me a good insight into how funding bodies operate. I was then offered the Growing an Older Audience (GOA) placement, which focused on data entry and preparing mailing lists. This entailed adding all visitors who attended GOA events to Fabrica’s database and mailing lists. I also sourced other local art events for prospective newsletters for GOA members. Throughout the placement I gained more of an understanding of how events are managed within an art gallery.

I was then offered the opportunity to shadow front of house coordinators at Fabrica in their daily duties within the gallery. This gave me a full understanding of the responsibilities a visitor services supervisor has within an art gallery.

What are your reasons for volunteering with us?
I wanted to carry on invigilating at an art gallery because I enjoyed it so much at a previous gallery.

What do you hope to get out of it?
Originally I hoped to get a lot of satisfaction out of interacting with members of the public and working amongst artwork, which is something I initially gained. However, Fabrica became aware that my long-term aspirations were to supervise at an art gallery and have given me far more art gallery experience than I could have ever expected. Fabrica particularly gave me experience in shadowing FOH supervisors, as they knew that this was the job role I was ultimately aspiring to.

What is your most memorable experience whilst volunteering with Fabrica?
Collectively getting to know everyone who works and volunteers at Fabrica has been the most enjoyable part of volunteering here and it is what I’ll remember the most.

Who is your favourite artist? (at Fabrica or personal?)
I liked the quality of Monika Grzymala’s materials, in her exhibition Raumzeichnung at Fabrica.

Favourite Exhibition? (at Fabrica or personal?)
I liked how Simon Faithfull used the space in Fabrica to display his exhibition REEF.

What artwork would you put in the gallery if you had free rein?
Ben Wheele.

Why should anyone thinking of volunteering with Fabrica get involved?
If you’re looking to meet creative and open-minded people, or to find connections with the art community of Brighton then volunteer at Fabrica.

What do you do when you’re not volunteering with us?
I’m very lucky to supervise at a great pub in Brighton.

"Collectively getting to know everyone who works and volunteers at Fabrica has been the most enjoyable part of volunteering here and it is what I’ll remember the most."