Volunteer Stories – Meet Cliff
From event photography to gallery support, plus many things in between! We talked to our volunteer, Cliff, about his experience with us.
Why did you become a volunteer at Compton Verney?
Initially, the photographic group to which I belong received a request from Compton Verney for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer photographer. Three of us joined and two are still with you. After a few photo calls, I realised I wanted to become more involved and decided to join the gallery volunteers.
What sort of things do you get up to in your volunteer role? And what do you enjoy the most about volunteering at Compton Verney?
I get great satisfaction from photographing events at Compton Verney, or just catching shots generally about the place, but I also very much enjoy working in the galleries and meeting the visitors. As a semi-retired engineer I have been able to offer some of my experience in other areas and that has been both interesting and satisfying.
What have you learnt since joining the team?
Compton Verney is a very different environment from the world of manufacturing where I have spent most of my working life, and it has given me the opportunity to learn more about the art world generally and offered a window in to how exhibitions are curated. I can now also appreciate the challenges faced by arts venues.
What’s your favourite spot at Compton Verney?
Choosing a favourite spot from all Compton Verney’s offerings is almost impossible! I think initially I was drawn to the Naples Gallery by its lightness and the vibrancy of the artwork, but I have grown to appreciate the Folk Art and its eccentricities, and what is not to love about the wonderful grounds!
What would you say to someone thinking of volunteering?
Do it! I feel that I am appreciated and valued. My only regret is that I did not do it earlier!