Meet The Volunteer: Ida Arentoft

 

This week we are delighted to introduce Ida Arentoft in our ‘meet the volunteer’ feature.  Ida has been volunteering for several weeks now, supporting our young people in our Saturday Create workshop programme.  She has become very much part of our team, with her support and dedication being appreciated by the staff and children alike. Here’s a little more about Ida…

‘I graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in Fine Art Photography in 2010 and previously I studied photography back home in Copenhagen. I mostly use photography and video in my practice, and in my imagery I am interested in finding or creating spaces of indeterminacy. My pictures are usually concerned with an investigation of our surroundings, showing glimpses of at the same time familiar and unfamiliar places, which allow recognition and wonder.

 

Since graduating, I have developed my own artistic practice and taken part in a number of exhibitions. Taking the photographs often happens when I travel and my studio in David Dale Gallery and Studios provides a great space for reflecting on and exploring my practice. I work as a Gallery Assistant at Street Level Photoworks in Trongate 103, where I have also been involved in the teaching of numerous photography workshops for people with special needs, one of these workshops in collaboration with Project Ability. Working at Street Level Photoworks enables me to be part of an inspiring artistic community, which is also an important part of what I gain from volunteering at Project Ability. Having previously worked at a 24-hour care home for children and young people with multiple disabilities, it has been very valuable for me to combine this working experience with my art education by assisting at Project Ability.

 

It has been an amazing experience to be involved in the Create workshops at Project Ability every Saturday. The children are so enthusiastic about making art, and I am impressed by the works that they create as well as by their strong ability to reflect and speak about their creative processes, interests and ideas. There is always such a great energy at the Create workshops and the children manage to produce a lot of art, while also being skilled in developing and concentrating on one piece of art work over several weeks. I enjoy being part of creating such a creative platform where the children are enabled and can succeed in the making of a variety of art works. There is a true sense of community at Project Ability and I always leave the workshops with an excitement of the children’s dedication to their individual creative activities. It has been an inspiration to build relations with the children while assisting them. During my time with the young children at Project Ability, I have often thought about how the workshops in a unique way offer them creative opportunities where they can all participate together with other children, while exploring their creative talents in a communal, equal and open environment.’

 

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