Staff’s favourites shown in exhibition

GARDEN party, blackberry picking or Findon Sheep Fair – what would you choose? Worthing Museum and Art Gallery has the answer this summer in the Norwood Gallery (until November 20).

Tuesday, 7th September 2010, 2:19 pm

Rob Collins, museum operations supervisor, explains: “We decided to reward our hardworking team of staff and volunteers by inviting them to select their very favourite art works from the museum’s celebrated collection. We also asked them to comment on why they like them - everyone from regular museum and art gallery volunteers to historic collections curators; museum manager to customer services; art and exhibitions curators to administration.

“We are a relatively-small team of staff for the extensive services and facilities we provide to over 55,000 visitors (and reaching a further 50,000 people in the community) each year at the county’s largest museum and art gallery! That’s just seven full-time and four part-time staff, but we are also actively assisted by many volunteers.

“My colleagues manage an art collection that is remarkable in its depth and diversity.

“Normally, my priority is the display of the artwork rather than its content. It is, then, a real pleasure to have the opportunity to choose those that I particularly like and also to try and put into words why. I hope you agree.

“Here, in our first floor Norwood Gallery visitors can expect to find a refreshingly eclectic mix of pictures and ceramics by well known and not so well known artists.”

Rob added: “Would you like to invite your employees to choose their favourites?

“If you have a business interest in Worthing Museum and Art Gallery (or would like to support us), please come in and talk to us, and we can offer you the chance to host a show in our popular Norwood Gallery, promoting your company to thousands of new people at the same time!”