Why I volunteer - Museums Association

Why I volunteer

Xellun Tang, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Interview by John Holt
“I am a member of the Future Ferens, a group of volunteers aged between 18 and 25 who are helping to make the gallery in Hull more accessible and attractive to younger audiences. This includes developing new approaches to the presentation of exhibitions and new ways of marketing them.

A recent project was the Martin Creed Artist Rooms exhibition. We were involved at every stage from the marketing and development of linked events to the final installation. I was even lucky enough to be able to help paint one of Martin Creed’s wall paintings, Work No. 1340, in the gallery.

Last year, a Future Ferens-led digital resource was launched to provide better access to the gallery’s permanent collection for digital-savvy art lovers.

I have a part-time job with Heritage Learning (Hull Museums’ education team) as an operations assistant. I started volunteering just over a year ago as a way to occupy myself while looking for employment.

Hull being chosen as UK City of Culture 2017 is a really great opportunity on the national stage to dispel misconceptions and make people think again about the place. You should never judge a book by its cover, after all.”

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