Roisin Cairney has been a great addition to our Saturday Create workshop team working with children and young people. Here is what she had to say about her time volunteering with Project Ability.
“I was drawn to Project Ability through regularly attending the exhibitions. The work that the students were making was exciting with an energy to them and each artist has their own well-developed style. I wanted to be part of this and in doing so gain experience in helping people to develop their art.
When I first started, I was very nervous and didn’t know where to begin but the staff and the children were very helpful in showing me the ropes. I found that when I relaxed and just got stuck in I learned very quickly about each child and their process. Each child is completely different and it’s exciting to see the different ways of working and helping to develop their individual methods.
The kids are very intuitive but they are also perfectionists and take great pride in making the best work possible which has taught me a lot in my own practice, by taking this step back: watching and teaching the children has given me more patience within my own process.
It has been a great experience working with the staff, the kids and other volunteers and I’ve learned lots from my time here. I hope to continue to work with others when I complete my studies.”
Thank you Roisin