- Age: 22
- Borough: Hackney
- First placement: Bow Arts
- Second placement: V&A
- Role: Gallery Curation and Engagement at V&A and Bow Arts
I am a History of Art Graduate with an interest in research, exhibitions, archives and engagement.
Before joining the STEP Programme, I spent some time volunteering with Hackney Museum’s Learning Team. This involved carrying out hands-on activities and engaging students with African and Caribbean heritage.
Prior to this, I completed a Collections Internship at West Dunbartonshire Council. Curating a display of objects from the Singer Sewing Machine Collection and researching the social history of the former Singer Factory in Clydebank was an incredible experience!
I have also worked with organisations including The Hunterian Museum, Subcity Radio and Bow Arts to deliver creative and cultural projects.
What are you doing next?
I’m really excited to have secured a job as a Gallery Assistant at a commercial gallery! Up until now, all of my experience in the arts has been in the public and nonprofit sectors. I’m looking forward to applying my skills in a new context and learning about another side of the industry.
What was your highlight of the programme?
I’ve really enjoyed my time at Bow Arts and I’m grateful that I’ve been part of such a wonderful team. I’ve had the opportunity to develop a range of skills across gallery management, administration, project management, volunteer management, event planning and digital marketing.
Working on the Lightboxes and Lettering exhibition was one of the highlights of the programme for me! It was great to see the exhibition all the way through and help deliver an exciting programme of events exploring East London’s print heritage.
Describe your experience in one sentence
“The past year has been a wonderful learning experience! I’ve developed new skills, met incredible people and learned more about myself in the process”