Our current volunteers have been with us since summer, taking part in our different workshop programmes and being a fantastic addition to the Project ability team. Here, we learn more about the brilliant Jenny Booth, who has been volunteering in our Create workshops.
Are you a graduate or undergraduate artist? Can you tell us what course you are on, or a little about your art practice?
I recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland here in Glasgow, where I studied Production arts and Design, my specialism being Set and Costume design.
In what workshop did you volunteer?
I volunteered for the Create workshops, with artists aged 16 – 21. I adored working with such an uninhibited and lovely group of young people, some of a similar age to myself.
Why did you apply to volunteer at Project Ability?
I wanted to apply as a volunteer for lots of reasons; one being that I really admired the work of the organisation. Another huge factor for me was my future aspiration of studying art psychotherapy, this seemed like an amazing place to gain relevant and exciting experience. It also happened that the opportunity came along at a time when I decided to get back into my art practice and try to get out of full time work else where, I guess partly I applied to indulge in being around some pretty inspirational young artists in the hope that, while helping, it could motivate and inform my own practice too, something which has definitely happened in abundance.
Did your experience live up to your expectations?
My experience absolutely lived up to my expectations and I love spending my Saturday afternoons in such a vibrant and creative space, the facilities are brilliant and everyone involved is a joy to be around.
What have you learned from your experience with us?
I have learnt to look at my own practice in a more positive light and to really enjoy the process again. I have also hopefully picked up some new skills from the valuable experience in working with young people in a creative and relaxed environment.
Do you have a favourite Project Ability artist or art work that has stood out for you?
It would be hard to pick a particular artist because i’m in awe of how much everyone gets stuck into new projects and sees their work through with rightful glowing admiration for their own creations. I have seen so much work over the past 8 weeks that I have thought were complete genius, one being Matthew’s drawing of the future, which had a picture a history museum filled with modern day things, such a brilliant concept!
Would you recommend others to volunteer with us?
I would definitely recommend volunteering to anyone considering!