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This week we get to know Marketing Assistant, Kirsty Williams, who tells us about her role at the gallery, her favourite exhibition to date and what she is looking forward to.

What is your role at the gallery?

As Marketing Assistant I work on a variety of tasks which help to promote the gallery and engage with new and existing visitors.

What excites you the most about working at the gallery?

Working with such a great team of people from various arts backgrounds, all bringing their different experiences to the gallery is exciting. And who could not enjoy being surrounded by amazing art all day, every day?

What is your favourite painting in the Jerwood Collection?

My favourite painting in the collection is Wilhelmina Barns-Graham’s Winter Landscape 1952, 1952. The cool pastel colour palette creates a sense of transparency, which reflects the subject matter so well. I also love how petite the canvas is in comparison to the giant glaciers that it portrays – I’d definitely like to have this one on my wall at home!

What has been your favourite exhibition to date and why?

This is a tricky one because I have a top three! But from those I’d have to pick Rose Wylie’s show, Big Boys Sit in the Front, which was the exhibition we launched the gallery with back in 2012. Her honest, playful style of painting, drawing on personal experience really appeals to me. One of the most inspiring parts of the exhibition was the footage of Rose in her studio that was played alongside the exhibition, and I love how she stuffs paper in to her tops and jackets to create her own ‘precarious shoulders!’

What are you looking forward to?

I’m really looking forward to working with the Chapman Brothers again, this time on an exhibition at the gallery, In the Realm of the Unmentionable. What the brothers have in store will definitely surprise our visitors!

Finally, describe the gallery in three words.

Calm, engaging and uplifting.

Image: Rose Wylie, Getting Better with Water, 2011 © the artist 

10 October, 2014
Written by Kirsty Williams