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Volunteering at The Civic – what’s it like?

I’m Georgia, and I’m currently in my third year of a History BA. Recently I started to think about potential career paths – and thought that it would be useful and insightful for me to gain some experience. I’m passionate about Art History, History and the Arts in general, so I thought this opportunity would be perfect for me to learn a bit more about the field I want to work in.

I enquired about getting involved at The Civic, as I’d seen some of the exhibitions before, and have had an overwhelmingly positive experience here ever since. I grew up in Barnsley, but before being involved at The Civic I never realised how many creative opportunities Barnsley has to offer.

As I’m aiming to study for an MA in Art Gallery and Museum studies, my volunteering here has been incredibly relevant and useful. I already have some experience but having an opportunity to discuss career goals and be given advice by people already working in this environment has been invaluable.

I’ve mainly helped to invigilate the Body Beautiful: Diversity on The Catwalk exhibition. I think this exhibition is a perfect example of how The Civic prioritizes inclusivity and diversity. It’s here on loan from National Museums Scotland and is on show until the end of November. I’d really recommend visiting while it’s still here.

It’s been eye opening to work in a gallery environment and be able to engage with the visitors of the to discuss its relevance and impact, but also to be exposed to exhibitions I wouldn’t have seen elsewhere. I think giving exhibitions the opportunity to be exposed to a wider audience is important, especially when the message is as strong as this exhibition.

The Civic host multiple exhibitions, and have multiple opportunities for a range of people to get involved in. For me this has included not only invigilating the current exhibitions, but also being a part of the Teenage Wildlife project. Whether you’re passionate about the arts, just want to meet new people or gain some experience, I think The Civic has a lot to offer.

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