Unfortunately I wasn’t welcomed by a large pile of submissions in my inbox like I had been hoping for. Today was focused on attempting to find a panel of judges for the choosing week. We hope to use people who work in galleries that are relatively early in their career who hope to improve their curation skills. I sent around 25 emails out to people specific addresses as I thought they would be the most successful.
The highlight of this session was my discussions with other department leaders. I found my discussion with events manager Faye especially enlightening as I didn’t really know anything about how events and hiring a space worked in the art industry. In sounded very interesting as she coordinates with every department in the building and spends a lot of time away from her desk actually doing things. It was interesting that Faye chose to highlight at the end of our talk that she she didn’t start her career at university, but worked her way up and tried out new things, all adding to her success.
Faye was followed by my coordinator and head of participation, Vicky. We had discussed any of what she covered before, but it was beneficial for the marketing volunteer who has been joining me on these meetings as he was offered some workshop work. Both meetings highlighted that the size of artsdepot prevents them from achieving full potential. Both wish to have an assistant so that they can see focus entirely on their project work. It demonstrated the impact of funding cuts.
The final meeting was with Tim, head of development. This talk was really beneficial as it explained how funding pplications worked and how to find beneficial places to apply which was a whole new world to me.
I sat in on one of artsdepots youth theatre company’s session which was really interesting to see the participation staff still being able to facilitate on the subjects they love, I think Dan appreciated another input too, it broadened my mind about how each art form is facilitated and what skills can be gained from theatre games, a side to them I hadn’t seen as a teen who did drama.