Front of House: Cartwright Hall

A new Museum Assistant, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, shares her first impressions of the Gallery as she starts as a full time member of staff.

Like many people I struggled to find a career I was genuinely passionate about. Early 2016 I took a job at Beverley Art Gallery, and although I have frequented many a gallery and museum I’m no connoisseur of art and I knew very little about how exhibition/museum teams operated. However I was ready for a new challenge and it happened to be the best move I’d ever made, I finally felt I’d found my call in life.

Cartwright Hall Exterior
Cartwright Hall Exterior

On one of my visits back home to West Yorkshire earlier this year I decided to take my daughter to one of my old stomping grounds – Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. There was a warmth that burned inside me as I gazed over the amazing building that stood before me. Inside, the galleries were just as bright and welcoming as ever, like I remembered them as a child.

As a child the sculptures and art works were a little over-awing. But now I could actually appreciate what Cartwright Hall was really about, what an amazing place!

Preparing for exhibitions
Preparing for exhibitions

Not only does it have beautiful galleries, it has fantastic architecture and glorious historic park surroundings. It has also opened up the minds of so many people with its cultural exhibitions; kept the artists of Bradford on the map with exhibitions like David Hockney and has engaged the public with joining in with displays and workshops. Most of all it brought a smile to so many people visiting.

Preparing for exhibition install
Preparing for exhibition install

I knew then where I wanted to be, I wanted to come home! I wanted to be part of the team delivering the service at Cartwright Hall, a place that had brought me some of my happiest childhood memories, and that’s where I am today.

I am looking forward to what Cartwright Hall has in store for 2018 and being a part of the team!

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