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Open Call for Volunteer Walk On Gallery Explainers

Plymouth College of Art, Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and Plymouth Arts Centre are working together to bring the exhibition ‘Walk On: From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff’ to Plymouth from 20 September-13 December 2014 – and are seeking volunteer Gallery Explainers now.
<p><strong>Plymouth College of Art, Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and Plymouth Arts Centre are working together to bring the exhibition ‘Walk On: From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff’ to Plymouth from 20 September-13 December 2014.</strong></p> <p>The Venues are seeking 24 capable volunteers (age 18 and above) to help guide visitors around the exhibition and to support the facilitation of visitors having a deeper understanding of the artwork on display, as well as of the overall exhibition concept and themes. Each volunteer will be allocated to a venue and will be expected to deliver a minimum of two half-day sessions, engaging and talking to the public.</p> <p>This is a great opportunity for both practice-based and Art History students. Take the chance to get to know different venues in Plymouth and to socialise and network with students from across the city.</p> <p><strong>Training and CV-building Opportunity</strong></p> <p>The successful candidates will receive one full day and one half-day training sessions. These will be led by the independent arts consultant Gill Nicol, who has over 25 years of experience working on audience development with Tate Liverpool, the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol and the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, among others. Gill has worked previously with Plymouth with great success, when she coached the gallery explainers for the major Hayward Gallery touring exhibition, The British Art Show, in 2011. This is a fantastic opportunity to receive formal training for your CV, on such things as customer service (helping you to enhance your customer service skills and to interact confidently with the public); a training session with tutors from Art History at Plymouth University (to build on your knowledge of contemporary art); and a practical session at your allocated exhibition venue.</p> <p><strong>Dates</strong></p> <p>You will be expected to deliver two half-day sessions (Saturdays only) during these dates: Saturday 8 November, 15 November, 22 November, 29 November, 6 December &amp; 13 December 2014. The successful candidates will receive more detail on timings following selection.</p> <p>The training sessions are scheduled to take place on 21 October (full day) and 5 November (half-day). Tracy Hanna, one of the artists from Walk On will be giving a talk on 5 November 5.30 – 6.30, we would encourage you to attend this talk which will be followed by a social gathering at The Bread and Roses for The Gallery Explainers.</p> <p><strong>PLEASE NOTE – This is a voluntary role.</strong></p> <p>About the Exhibition</p> <p>‘Walk On’ is the first exhibition to examine the varied ways in which artists since the 1960s have undertaken the universal act of walking as a means to create new types of art. The exhibition offers a history of recent art practice and proposes that, across the last four decades, artists have worked as kinds of explorers, and argues that from land art to conceptual art, and from street photography to the essay-film, much of the important art of our time has been created through an act of walking.</p> <p>We are now seeking applications for the explainer roles.</p> <p>To apply, please send a brief statement (no more than 300 words MAX) to Mark Tosdevin by Wednesday 8 October, 5pm.</p> <p>Please outline the following in your statement:</p><ul><li>Why you think you would be a strong candidate</li><li>Why you would like to be considered for the role and why it would benefit you</li><li>Any previous relevant experience you have in relation to the themes and nature of the exhibition</li><li>Any experience you have with interacting with members of the public</li></ul><p>Your statements will be assessed by Exhibition and Education staff from Plymouth University, Plymouth Collage of Art, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and Plymouth Arts Centre. The following criteria will help us with our decision. Try to address some of these points if you can:</p><ul><li>An ability to communicate clearly and concisely, as evidenced by the clarity and professional presentation of your statement.</li><li>A clear interest and enthusiasm in contemporary art</li><li>A clear interest and enthusiasm for engaging people with the ideas of contemporary art</li><li>An enthusiasm for gaining experience of working with the general public and with galleries and museums.</li></ul><p>The successful candidates selected for interview will be informed by email. Interviews will take place on in the week beginning Monday 13 October 2014 and the successful candidates will be informed shortly after.</p>