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Case study: Partners in Art Volunteer

Tess volunteers for Partners in Art, which is an innovative scheme that is part of Pallant House Gallery’s award winning Learning and Community Programme. Tess is part of a unique ‘partnership’ made up of three artists, and recently had an exhibition of their work in the Studio at Pallant House Gallery.

Why did you want to start volunteering?

Because I felt I wanted to give something back. I felt like I could help John, and I find it very rewarding.

What interested you about volunteering at Pallant House Gallery?

Because the Partners in Art scheme and the Community Programme in general is amazing - I've said before that it can actually save lives and certainly makes life better.

What is the best thing about volunteering?

It helps make you feel worthwhile and like you are contributing. It helps you make friends and it's great to see the progression and general creativity going on around me. Not being able to work, it gives you a sense of purpose.

How do you think the experience of volunteering has helped you?

I have developed within a creative relationship and it's definitely helped build my confidence. It makes me feel worthwhile.

Would you recommend volunteering to other people?

Yes, definitely. Especially at Pallant House Gallery, as everyone is so kind and friendly.


Tess is totally committed to the Community Programme. Since she has been in her partnership with her volunteer Karin, she hasn't looked back. Tess gives so much to all the people she meets within the Community Programme - not just in her Partners in Art partnership. She welcomes everyone, encourages their creativity and helps them feel they belong. Sandra Peaty, Community Programme Coordinator.