Watts Gallery - Artists' Village (Compton)


GALLERY STEWARD - 2020

Volunteering at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

 

Volunteers give vital support to the Artists' Village, contributing in many different ways from engaging with visitors as stewards in the galleries to supporting our Curatorial Team to assisting at events and workshops. Discover all the Artists' Village has to offer while acquiring new skills and meeting likeminded people.

Watts Gallery Trust is an independent charity, and we rely on the commitment of over 200 volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds and age groups.

 
 
VOLUNTEER ROLE DESCRIPTION: GALLERY STEWARD
 
AIMS OF THE ORGANISATION: To promote the enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of George Frederick Watts and Mary Watts in the context of the nineteenth century, through conserving and restoring Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village and by promoting ‘Art for All’ to present and future generations.
 
AIM OF THE ROLE: Stewards make all the difference to every visitor’s experience at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village. Stewards give a warm welcome, introducing the galleries as well as the family resources and activities available. By talking with visitors, Stewards help visitors to learn about and enjoy the story of G F and Mary Watts and get the most from their visit.
 
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Providing the public face of the Artists’ Village by giving a warm welcome to visitors and being available as a point of contact throughout their visit
• Enhancing the visitor experience by engaging them, letting them know about the resources available and imparting knowledge about the collection where appropriate
• Safeguarding the collection
• Helping make the Artists’ Village accessible to all
• Ensuring visitors’ safety by acting in an appropriate way during an emergency situation
• Acting as an ambassador for the Artists’ Village and its activities on and off site
 
HOURS: Shifts last 2 hrs OR 2 hrs 15 mins and volunteers can sign up to the rota online, by phone or in person. Scheduling is flexible, though the recommended commitment is one shift per week. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for more than one shift in a row. The minimum commitment is 2 shifts per month.
 
LOCATION: Watts Gallery and Watts Studios. There are three stewards in the Gallery and two stewards in the Watts Studios at any one time.
 
REPORTING STRUCTURE: Visitor Services Manager > Head of Operations > Director
 
TRAINING: A compulsory induction plus optional training on the collection and exhibitions throughout the year.
 
BENEFITS: Free admission to the Artists’ Village at any time, 10% discount in the Shop and Tea Shop, invitations to special events and private views, quarterly meetings, monthly bulletins and free training on the collection and exhibitions.
 
 
Other Volunteering Roles...
 
Events Volunteer: Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village has a diverse events programme, as an events volunteer you can help with film showings, special weekends, lectures and musical performances. Roles often include welcoming guests, helping on the bar and assistance with set up or take down.
 
Volunteer Guide: Lead tour groups around site imparting your in depth knowledge of the story of G F and Mary Watts, helping others to discover why the Artists’ Village is so special. Training is given on the site, collection and presentation skills. Must be a Volunteer Steward for a minimum of 6 months before starting.
 
 
VOLUNTEER ROLE DESCRIPTION: EVENTS VOLUNTEER
 
AIMS OF THE ORGANISATION: To promote the enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of George Frederick Watts and Mary Watts in the context of the nineteenth century, through conserving and restoring Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village and by promoting ‘Art for All’ to present and future generations.
 
AIM OF THE ROLE: Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village has a diverse events programme designed to engage a wide variety of people, enhancing their knowledge and enjoyment of all that the Artists Village has to offer. As an Events Volunteer you can expect to help with film showings, special weekends, lectures, musical performances, evening openings and more. Events often explore the themes of the current temporary exhibition.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES:

Responsibilities vary depending on the event, but often include the following:

  • Assistance with set and up and take down (chairs, tables, coat racks)
  • Giving a warm welcome to guests
  • Checking tickets
  • Assisting with the service of drinks
  • Promoting the Artists’ Village offsite at fetes and fayres
LOCATION: Watts Gallery, Watts Studios & Limnerslease House
 
HOURS: Variable, depending on each event. The Adult Learning Curator or Visitor Services Manager circulate opportunities by email each month.
 
REPORTING STRUCTURE: Adult Learning Curator > Head of Learning > Director
 
TRAINING:
Role Specific - Training given on set up and take down of equipment and manual handling.
General - Optional training on the collection and exhibitions.
 
MEETINGS: Volunteers are invited to attend Quarterly Volunteer Meetings, which are an important time for exchange of ideas and giving feedback. Staff members use the opportunity to discuss forthcoming plans. Meetings last for approx. 2 hours.
 
BENEFITS:
Role Specific: Free entry to the events at which you volunteer.
General: Free access to the Artists’ Village at any time, quarterly meetings, monthly bulletins, 10% discount in the Shop and Tea Shop, invitations to special events and private views and free training on the collection and exhibitions.
 
 
VOLUNTEER ROLE DESCRIPTION: TOUR GUIDE
 
AIMS OF THE ORGANISATION: To promote the enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of George Frederick Watts and Mary Watts in the context of the nineteenth century, through conserving and restoring Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village and by promoting ‘Art for All’ to present and future generations.
 
AIM OF THE ROLE: Tour Guides lead groups around the Artists’ village imparting knowledge of the story of G F and Mary Watts and their work in the context of the nineteenth Century. We welcome over 100 private group visitors each year and programme daily public tours.
 
ELIGIBILITY: It is a necessary requirement for Guides to have had experience as a Steward in the Gallery and Studios for a reasonable length of time. A reasonable level of fitness is an advantage.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Understanding and learning about the collections, exhibitions, building and history of Watts Gallery – Artists’ village as well as keeping abreast of key messages from Watts Gallery Trust
  • Giving guided tours of Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village: Limnerslease House, Watts Gallery, Watts Chapel, Arts & Crafts Walking Tours as well as exhibition tours
  • Encouraging visitors to see the whole of the Artists’ Village on their visit
  • Making visitors aware of the opportunity to become a Friend
  • Contacting the Duty Manager by radio as required
  • Observing Health & Safety policy
 
LOCATION: Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village
 
HOURS: Guides receive a monthly rota inviting them to sign up for tours. The Adult Learning Assistant schedules a rota of tours for the public to book onto and also takes bookings from specialist groups of 8 or more. Tours take place between 10am and 5pm from Tuesday-Sunday with occasional exceptions for special events. Tours last between 30 minutes and 1 ½ hours depending on the tour.
 
REPORTING STRUCTURE: Adult Learning Assistant > Head of Learning > Director
 
TRAINING: Role Specific: 
 
Getting Started: Guides attend a minimum of two training sessions with a member of the Curatorial Team and a Guide Mentor and shadow at least two tours at each location where they wish to guide (Gallery, Chapel, Studios & Limnerslease). They receive Guided Tour Notes and the Heritage Assistant arranges a practice tour to a selected group of people, including a member of the Curatorial Team and a Guide Mentor. Feedback will be given, following which a decision will be made as to whether a Trainee Guide is ready to take guided tours or whether they need further training/practice. Some may not be considered suitable.
 
Collections Training: Guides are provided with a set of notes for each tour. Tour notes are signed off by a member of the Curatorial Team, with feedback from Guide Mentors. From time to time these notes will be updated to reflect any new research and changes to the collections on display. Guides are informed of any changes in the monthly Volunteer Bulletin and in Quarterly Guides’ Meetings. Training will be provided.

MEETINGS: Volunteers are invited to attend quarterly volunteer meetings, which are an important time for exchange of ideas and giving feedback. Staff members use the opportunity to discuss forthcoming plans. Meetings last for approx. 2 hours.
 
BENEFITS: Free access to the Artists’ Village time, quarterly meetings, monthly bulletins, 10% discount in the Shop and Tea Shop, invitations to special events and private views and free training on the collection and exhibitions.