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JG in the Community

Volunteers: 55 people work with us to support our visitors to engage with exhibitions in a meaningful way. Volunteers also support our education programme, give tours and provide support for our marketing. Our fantastic team is made up of students wishing to gain work experience in the arts, artists sharing their expertise, teachers, scientists, film makers and many more.

Schools: a constant stream of children visit with their schools and participate in workshops, or just lie on their tummies and draw!

Pre-School children: we partner with Baby Sense to offer young children and their parents/carers time to play in the gallery.

Ongoing (adult) education: we run courses in art history and creative writing through the WEA and New Writing South. We offer curator-led tours to NADFAS (National Association of Design and Fine Arts Society) and other similar groups. There is an ongoing programme of workshops in different areas of fine art.

Tai Chi: classes are held weekly and open to everyone. Tai Chi is an effective way to develop balanced health for body and mind.

Workshops for tertiary education: gallery staff offer specialist workshops to A level and undergraduate students, to give an insight into working in the arts field or training in specific areas of art.

Supporting local businesses: we use local businesses for our printing, cleaning, catering and maintenance. We host business networking meetings. The Coastal Cultural Trail, of which we are part, works with many tourist businesses. Jerwood Gallery brings thousands of visitors to the area each year who contribute to the local economy.

Artists Group: meets on the first Tuesday of the month in the gallery cafe.

Staff development: we give staff opportunities to learn new skills in different departments related to their interests.