Volunteer of The Week – Anna Zaitseva

This week our wonderful volunteer of the week is Anna Zaitseva!

Are you a graduate or undergraduate artist? Can you tell us what course you are on, or a little about your art practice?

I am a fourth-year student of History of Art at Glasgow University.


In what workshop did you volunteer?

I volunteer in the Create workshop on a Saturday afternoon with children and young adults aged 11-26.

Why did you apply to volunteer at Project Ability?

I have volunteered with children in creative spaces in the past and was really inspired and found it an extremely rewarding experience. I wanted to explore this further and Project Ability offers an inclusive space to explore working in a collaborative studio environment.

Did your experience live up to your expectations?

It most definitely did! Everyone was extremely warm and welcoming, I really looked forward to coming to Project Ability and I felt very connected to everyone who took part.

What have you learned from your experience with us?

I learned how to stretch a canvas! Something which I have always wanted to do. It has also helped me to understand how to support different individuals in their work, whether that be helping them with materials or technique, or just listening and talking through ideas with them.

Do you have a favourite Project Ability artist or art work that has stood out for you?

One of my most memorable moments was when Ross and I, who I had been working closely with for a few of the sessions, collaborated on a drawing. I would draw a shape and he would then copy it, and then we coloured them in together. The results were very fun and colourful and it felt great to make a collaborative piece of work.

Here is an example of some artwork Ross and Anna made together:

artwork made by a project ability artist and volunteer

Would you recommend others to volunteer with us?

To anyone thinking about it I would say go for it. It’s a great way to spend a few hours of your week, for those of you like me who love art but don’t study a practice-based degree it’s also a great way to get inspired to create some work of your own.

Any other comments?

Thanks to Tracy, all of the tutors who dedicate their time to running the workshops, and to everyone else who takes part. What a wonderful space!!