Volunteer Spotlight: Rebecca Tsehay

Posted on 11 October 2023

This month we have asked Volunteer Rebecca Tsehay to contribute to our Volunteer Spotlight series where we are asking volunteers to share their experience with us.

Thank you to our fabulous volunteers for their amazing work.

Hi Rebecca! Tell us a little about yourself. How long have you been volunteering with Castlefield Gallery?

I’ve been volunteering at Castlefield Gallery for about five months now and have really enjoyed my time thus far. I moved to Manchester from Toronto about a year ago and was pleasantly surprised by the lively arts and culture scene in the city. Visiting galleries and museums has always been a hobby of mine so when I saw the opportunity to volunteer at Castlefield Gallery it felt like the perfect fit. I believe it’s important to support and celebrate local and/or new artists and engulf myself in spaces that give me a new perspective on life. Meeting the people at Castlefield Gallery, including the workers, visitors and artists, has been the highlight of my experience.

What made you want to volunteer here?

I was looking for creative ways to spend my time and also meet new people in the city. Being newish to Manchester, it took me a while to settle into my routine and get used to the area. Volunteering at Castlefield Gallery has made me appreciate the city and the amazing efforts that go into supporting art and artists.

What’s your favourite thing about volunteering at Castlefield Gallery?

My favourite thing about volunteering at the gallery is all the new people I get to meet. Volunteering forces me to step outside of my comfort zone in a meaningful way and I’ve met some lovely people as a result.

What would you say to someone who’s thinking of volunteering with Castlefield Gallery?

I would definitely encourage anyone who is interested in volunteering at Castlefield Gallery to be open to the experience and to not be afraid to express their enthusiasm or ask any questions. As a volunteer, I’ve had a fulfilling experience and have learned more about the work that goes on “behind-the-scenes” which has made me appreciate it all the more.

Learn more about our volunteering programme here