Every year, dozens of students come and do work experience at Leeds Museums and Galleries. Here are accounts by some of them about their experiences of working with our team.
Adrian Derucki, Art & Design Student at Leeds City College
Placement: Leeds Art Gallery & Leeds Discovery Centre, 2016
I am a student at Leeds City College studying Art & Design, and I love art. From a young age I started to draw. I drew everything and anything. Since then I have got better and more intrigued by art and have experimented with using other art media.
During my work experience I worked with the Learning team, which involved taking artworks into schools and working with young people and their teachers to think about and make their own artwork. As part of my formal learning experience I went to a primary school where pupils had to review an artwork and ask questions about it and to and answer the questions for themselves. They seemed interested and happy. I thought it was a good experience to see how they reacted to an artwork.
I helped to organise a gallery activity for children, which involved choosing some images (curating) to be used in the activity, speaking to and helping participants. I found it fun and interesting and observed that the kids were happy to take part.
I also went to the Discovery Centre to learn about the Retail and Marketing department. There was a huge variety of interesting objects which I enjoyed as I learned about what Curators, security and marketing teams do there. Once I gained a bit of knowledge about the department I was able to design my own product that could potentially be sold in Leeds Galleries and Museums.
Overall my placement was a very fun and interesting experience. I have learnt things about myself I never knew and have been able to see different job activities that I had never heard of before. I think it is so important to try out new things as you can find something you really enjoy. Work experience is really good and useful for anyone’s future, it can be fun too.
How to get work experience with Leeds Museums and Galleries
- Find out more about work experience at our 9 venues on the Work Experience page of our website.
- If you’re a recent graduate looking for a paid opportunity to gain experience, see our Project Placement information and Volunteering page.