Rebecca Graham, a former volunteer at King’s Lynn Arts Centre has returned to the venue to re-join the team in a new general manager post.
With an interest in the cultural industries, Becky initially began volunteering at the Arts Centre at the age of 16, working on weekends and assisting with workshops.
Shortly afterwards she became a creative apprentice spending two years achieving a Level 2, followed by a Level 3 apprenticeship in Community Arts.
As part of her role as a creative apprentice, Becky worked alongside artists for local and regional projects, learnt about the programming and installation of exhibitions, delivered workshops and greeted the public during the day-to-day running of the galleries; however it was her involvement with community project work that interested her the most.
Becky said: “Although I enjoy the process of making my own art, I find the notion of passing on my own skills and techniques to others a much more rewarding experience.”
Working at the Arts Centre allowed Becky to pinpoint where her interests lay, and after the completion of her apprenticeship she went on to study Arts and Wellbeing and Creative Practice and Enterprise at City College Norwich, UEA. During this time she was employed as a freelance tutor at King’s Lynn Arts Centre where she worked on various projects including mentoring Young Care Leavers on one-to-one sessions.
Last year the Arts Centre was commissioned for an Arts and Wellbeing scheme which brought together Young Care Leavers and Young Carers for a series of art workshops. Becky worked with the group as a creative artist alongside three other tutors who focused on music and drama. The project culminated in a final variety performance titled “This is What Made Us”.
Towards the end of the project the new general manager post came up and Becky applied successfully bringing her relationship with King’s Lynn Arts Centre full circle.
She added: “It is a pleasure to be back at the Arts Centre taking on the general manager role and I look forward to this new venture and being a part of the Arts Centre’s future.”