Hello! I am Deminder, and I have been volunteering at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and supporting Inspire 18, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s youth art competition. This is the third year of the competition and the theme this year has been ‘We Heart Colour!’. It is a competition for young people between the ages of 5 and 19.
Through volunteering at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, with my fellow volunteer Emily, I have had the opportunity to build upon my existing skills. When I first started, I contacted schools through email and post to inform them of the competition. We then began to receive wonderful entries. My favourite part of this volunteering experience has been processing the entries and seeing the creative interpretations that young people have of the ‘We Heart Colour!’ theme.
We have received entries which utilise all types of media including paint, pencil, photography, mixed media and sculpture. I particularly enjoy reading statements that have been produced to support the artwork; they have been insightful, humorous and enlightening. After processing the entries, we will now be moving on to the next stage of the process which is to get them ready for judging. Then, an exhibition will be curated and installed. The opening date for the Inspire 18 exhibition will be Saturday 21st July 2018.
I feel that my volunteering role has allowed me to improve many skills including communication, teamwork and problem-solving. I am currently studying for an MA in Arts and Education, and therefore I have found volunteering very insightful as I have been able to experience how art competitions are organised. I am very excited to see the final exhibition in the summer, I am sure it will be amazing!
There are also lots of other exciting events happening at the museum that volunteers have the chance to get involved with. Volunteers receive a monthly newsletter which is very informative and includes details about sessions which can improve our skills in a range of areas.
Overall, I highly recommend volunteering at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery as I feel that they have a range of opportunities which enable individuals to develop skills which can be useful for both education and further employment.
If you are interested in volunteering for Birmingham Museums then take a look at the current volunteering opportunities we have available across all our sites.