My background is in Fine Art, and having gained my degree way back in 1992, I trained to teach art at further education level. A family tragedy meant that I never completed my PGCE, and my change in career led me to opening a cycle business. When the last recession caused the downturn in retail, I set up a domestic property maintenance business, which I ran successfully for 9 years before coming to Cranleigh.
I was seeking a change in direction away from property maintenance, but looking for somewhere where I could put my practical skills and art background to better use. When I saw the role of Art Technician advertised, it was almost as if the job was tailor-made for me! I will have been here for two years this March.
I work to support the Art department’s four specialist areas of Painting, Printmaking, 3D Studies and Photography by meeting the practical and technical requirements of the teaching staff and students. As well as cleaning a seemingly infinite number of paint-brushes and silk-screens, my responsibilities include ordering all of the art supplies, preparing materials for classes, stretching canvases and building exhibition spaces. I also assist the students in their work by doing things like making support structures for their sculptures or even constructing more specialist items like an ultra-violet photopolymer printing exposure cabinet! I’m also responsible for hanging all of the artwork round the School. No two days are the same, and I really appreciate having such a varied role.
Cranleigh School is a real community. When I first started here, I was immediately struck by how friendly and helpful everyone was. There is a great atmosphere here at Cranleigh and a real sense of camaraderie among all of the staff and students. I really enjoy working in the Art Department. It’s a great team, and while we all take our roles very seriously, we have a lot of fun working together. I have made many friends here in a very short space of time. It’s a great place to be. I always look forward to coming to work.