Recently I applied for a volunteering position at a local gallery here in Portsmouth. It is my third week now and I have enjoyed it so far. The gallery is a small but quirky place hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Gunwarf Quays, in an old naval stock room. The brick work is warn, but the character still remains with the tall ceilings and big rooms. Aspex specialise in showing off the works of up and coming artists and craft makers, the work is indeed contemporary and modern.
Volunteering here does have it’s benefits. I meet new people, occasionally speak to other artists that come in, I can bring in work to do if I need to. Other times I just sit and draw in my new found sketchbook. The gifts and items available are quirky. The cards have humour and are well designed. They also sell the design magazines such as Creative Review, Eye, and Wire as well as others. I see this as an opportunity to gain a little experience in a creative environment, even if it is manning the front desk and being a friendly, welcoming face.