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This week, Kim Kish introduces herself as our new Operations Manager and fills us in on what she's looking forward to for the rest of the year. 

Tell us a little about yourself and your role at the gallery.

I have been an Operations Manager for over 15 years working in various art venues including galleries, museums and most recently I had worked for a children’s theatre for 9 years. I like the varied role as no two days are the same and I don’t have to sit at my desk all day. I can be found on the roof, in the tunnels underneath the gallery, meeting with engineers or fixing something in the building. At other times I'm at my desk paying wages and inputting visitor data or paying invoices. My tasks are always so varied, it's difficult to write a definitive list of what I do every day.

What do you enjoy most about working at the gallery?

My background is in art and art history and as an Operations Manager I can work in any venue, but I love being surrounded by art and the creativity this manifests in our visitors, staff, volunteers and all the people and artists we work with. I also love the building and location, and buying fresh fish straight off the boats.

Do you have a favourite painting in the collection?

At the moment I’m really enjoying the Drawn Together: Artist as Selector exhibition but in the collection I like Craigie Aitchison’s, Crucifixion, 1994. I love the fact about him being at the pub when they announced he was the winner of the Jerwood Painting Prize in 1994.

What are you looking forward to working on in the next couple of months?

Working with the Chapman brothers will be a fun, mad, and challenging experience that I will remember.

Can you reveal any little known facts about the gallery?

Our visitors have the best view in Hastings from our café balcony but Jerwood Gallery staff have the best view from the roof top! 

Image: Craigie Aitchison, Crucifixion, 1994. 

04 September, 2014
Written by Kim Kish