Footsteps into Art Intern Dominique Triggs offers some insight into her experience on the project so far.
Since starting my internship last October I have already learnt so much and gained experience in different areas.
Workshop-wise I have gradually gained more responsibility in the planning, preparation and delivery of workshops. The project started with draw workshops, and my role in these was to assist Claire and Jennyanne, as well as observing and evaluating the sessions.This allowed me to see a workshop in action, and take notes on what i could bring to a workshop later on in the project. The next set of workshops focused on printing (specifically mono-printing and block-printing). Claire planned the block-printing part of the session, but I was to deliver it. This was a great opportunity to use what I had learnt from my observation of the drawing workshops and put it into practice.
Building on from this I was then asked to plan my own sculpture based workshop. Delivering a workshop that I had planned and prepared for was incredibly rewarding, especially when I received positive feedback from the children and their teachers in our post-workshop evaluations. I was quite nervous about the possibility of delivering to start with, but Claire’s system of increasing my responsibility with each set of workshops really worked for me, and meant by the time the sculpture workshop came around I was a lot more confident.
Working in the gallery has also allowed me to further discover what is involved in working in the heritage sector. Seeing what different job roles involved and talking to other members of staff about their work has been really enlightening. Also just being around the gallery so regularly has allowed me to see what is involved in exhibiting temporary exhibitions, and since starting I have seen ‘Maurice de Sausmarez 1915-1969’ and Michael Lyons ‘Freeze Frame’, I have also been lucky enough to see the opening of the new Treasures Gallery whilst working here, and it was great to see all members of staff hard work pay off at the successful exhibition opening.
My internship ends in July, but with plans for in-school workshops and an exhibition of all the children’s work, I know I still have a lot to learn before then!