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GETTING TO KNOW


In this week's blog, we get to know Business and Administration Apprentice, Rob Fry.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your role at the gallery

I’m the newest addition to the gallery office team. My role is Business and Administration Apprentice and in this role I’m learning to fulfil different tasks in the office including; filing, processing memberships, booking in group and school visits, franking (our postage system) managing the Jerwood Gallery info email account and answering enquiries via telephone.

The reason that I applied for this apprenticeship is because I’m interested in opening my own theatre/gallery in 10-15 years’ time. At the moment I have an assessor at Sussex Coast College who helps me with the learning side and assesses my progress on the course.

Outside of work I volunteer for St. John Ambulance as a first aider but I am looking to train to be an advanced first aider in the future.

What do you enjoy the most about working at the gallery?

I would have to say the people; whether it is the gallery visitors or the team I get to work with in the office. Another group that I enjoy seeing and working alongside are the volunteers because they are committed and very knowledgeable.

Do you have a favourite painting in the Jerwood Collection?

Maggi Hambling’s Frances Rose (2), 1973 is my favourite painting in the Jerwood Collection. The eyes really stand out to me, and have been painted in such a way that they tell a story of a long life, lived with happiness but also sadness.

This particularly becomes apparent when you know a bit of the back story about Frances Rose. Frances Rose was Maggi Hambling’s neighbour in Clapham, London. From a working class background, she was a widow in her early eighties when it was painted. Her arthritic hands were, in Hambling's view, a result of a life spent in domestic service. The ring on her left hand is her wedding ring. When I researched further, I found that Hambling painted Fances Rose four times. The first work of the series is in the Tate Collection.

There is a sculpture in our current exhibition, Horizons: Kettle’s Yard at Jerwood Gallery, that I really like too, Golden Fish, 1924, posthumous cast, 1969 by Constantin Brancusi. The design of the sculpture and what it looks like in the different lights amaze me and I could look at this for hours.

Is there something in particular that you are looking forward to in 2016?

I’m looking forward to the John Bratby exhibition which will open in January 2016 because I haven’t really seen any of his works before. It will be a great opportunity to see and learn about the variety of the different pieces that will be on display.