All the fun on the floor - our front of house team works incredibly hard, on their feet all day hosting our visitors and dealing with all sorts of questions and scenarios thrown at them. We have a relatively new team of hosts at City Gallery so in the first in our new series of blogs, I thought it would be fun to get to know them all. First up, 22 year old Sarah Tuck:
How long have you worked at City Gallery and what attracted you to the role?
I started in June last year having finished my Theatre Studies degree at Victoria at the end of 2012. I had previously worked at Capital E so knew about the job that way. My passion is for the performing arts, but I really enjoyed art history, so I was attracted to the nature of the job and the inspiring spaces at City Gallery.
You work 23 hours a week here – what are you up to for the rest of the week?
My friend and I run a production company called Pat-A-Cake Productions and our latest project Bus Ticket is part of the Fringe Festival. It opened yesterday and I’m very excited that the season is actually sold out. My role is kind of that of a producer/deviser and I am always throwing around ideas that lead on to our next project. Bus Ticket is a performance that really is set on a bus and it includes a number of stops. The experience involves up to eight actors and questions the etiquette of how we behave on public transport – our devotion to digital rather than human interactions.
What does your role at City Gallery encompass and what do you enjoy most about working here?
I am a host so I want to make visitors feel welcome. I find I like to approach people and be pro-active in chatting with them and asking what they think. I don’t like to stay in one place in the gallery, I prefer to wander and roam – I also like the fact that this role gives me space to think. I enjoy people-watching and I think this helps a lot with the characters I devise for theatre! I find it interesting that visitors also often approach me and ask me what I do.
Do you have a favourite show or anecdote of your time here so far?
I’ll always remember one day during the Gregory Crewdson exhibition – it was winter and the gallery was full of people in dark, heavy clothing. The show was also quite dark and felt quite isolating. Amidst this gloom was a child dressed in bright colours lying on the bench (in the gallery) pointing and counting the images. It was really lovely to see.
My favourite show so far is the one that’s on right now – Shigeyuki Kihara’s Culture for Sale. I like it because I knew exactly what was going on without it being explained to me. I still have a lot of questions about it too though. I also love the ‘aliveness’ it brings to the space which is really exciting. I really enjoy performance art and am interested in the question of whether ‘art is supposed to stand alone’. I think it’s nicer when there is not a lot of text and people can just enjoy the work.
Rachel Healy, Communications Manager