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This week we are celebrating Voluntary Arts Week.  In today's blog we hear more from Volunteer Gallery Steward, Dan Scott. 

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am an American who has lived and worked in East Sussex for 28 years. I am 62 years old, am married to Pat and have a stepdaughter and two teenage grandchildren.

I love to read, have written and published poetry for 45 years, and have been making art for just as long. 

How long have you been volunteering at Jerwood Gallery?

At the end of the year, I have been volunteering at the gallery for 3 years. 

What got you interested in working with the education programme and what does this role involve?

I was interested to  work on  the education programme because I have worked as a volunteer with school aged children for 35 years. In California I was involved in reading to children and was part of their reading programme. The school was for Spanish speaking Latino children and English was their second language.

My role at the gallery involves engaging with the children during their time at the gallery and assisting Emily (the gallery’s Education Co-ordinator) in whatever capacity I can. And I get to make some art as well!

What do you enjoy the most about working with school groups?

I love working with school groups because they are all little sponges eager to soak up knowledge. They are very interested in learning about the gallery art and going round in groups discussing what they have discovered. They are so much smarter than we give them credit for. 

What is your favourite part of volunteering at the gallery?

My favourite part of volunteering at the gallery is learning about new art and artists that I’m not familiar with. I also love engaging with the public and trying to answer their questions to the best of my ability. I have also met wonderful new people, and the staff are great.

10 May, 2016
Written by Dan Scott