COMMITTEE ELECTIONS MANIFESTOS

DIRECTOR

 

Name: Grace Frazer

 

Subject: History of Art 

 

Year of Study: Second Year

 

Role you are applying for: Director 

 

Please tell us a bit about yourself:(Hobbies, Work/Previous Experience) (please keep under 200 words) 

 

I feel this section refers to the iconic statement of “state your name and a fun fact about myself”. So that is exactly what I am going to do. 

 

My name is Grace Frazer, I am 20 and study Art History (I promise it’s a proper degree). 

 

My fun fact is: The last time I applied to be director of the Norman Rea Gallery, as I entered to do my speech I tripped on my 2inch healed black leather boots and fell on my face in front of the 2017/2018 committee and the members. In retrospect, perhaps I managed to swing a pity vote due to being incompetent at simply walking.  

 

Whilst this perhaps influenced my directorship win I’d rather not rely on my clumsiness again. I hope as I apply to be director of the Norman Rea Gallery this year, I can share my passion and demonstrate my ability to run this amazing space.  

 

Why does this role appeal to you? (please keep under 200 words) 

 

I am keen for the gallery to continue on the path of creative exploration. The current committee and I have used our time to exhibit a range of concepts and ideas. I have been actively involved in every exhibition, at the same time always being happy to let others project their ideas. With our most recent exhibition there was a potential for controversy, however I was willing to direct a team and take responsibility for the repercussions.  

 

Although fellow students around York may be tired of me introducing myself as “Hi my name’s Grace Frazer, I’m Director of the Norman Rea Gallery”, I relish the prospect of carrying on doing this. I have been extremely delighted and honoured to be the Director, but I make this declaration to expand people’s awareness that we have our own Gallery that we should be proud of. I am truly thrilled at the  possibility of supporting the Norman Rea again and putting into practice some of the things I’ve learnt. I have met some amazing people.  

 

Why do you think you’d be good at this role? (please keep under 200 words) 

 

The gallery makes York attractive to potential students. Last Summer we modernised the website, painted walls, tidied cupboards. Team work has created a balance engaging with Norman Rea’s past, encouraging discussions, working envisioning the future. We’ve mounted excellent exhibitions and created precedents; ignoring warnings that one would violate YUSU rules. 

 

We consolidated the Gallery finances, establishing funding from the Art History Department. We uncovered resources missing 10 years. Member numbers have doubled. We budget for each exhibition, seeking sponsorship, private investment and grants.  

 

We’ve collaborated with others such as the English Department for the Thin Ice Press exhibitions establishing a connection with creative campus groups like the Art History Society and the Langwith Scott Award. I created a dialogue with the Leeds Art University that I’d like to develop.           

I wish we knew more about our roles before we’d started. Developing ideas, communicating, commissioning, speaking to artists takes months. 

In my second year I’d like to develop job descriptions, written procedures making handing over seamless, making efficiency effortless, and creativity easier. I’m grateful for the efforts and inspiration from all the team. I do so hope I can get the chance to be in post again. 

 

VICE DIRECTOR

 

 

Name: Senah Tuma

 

 

Subject: History of Art

 

Year of Study: First Year

 

Role you are applying for: Vice - Director

 

Please tell us a bit about yourself:(Hobbies, Work/Previous Experience) (please keep under 200 words)

 

 I volunteer at York Art Gallery, have previously worked as an invigilator for Oxford Brookes' Glass Tank gallery, currently serving as exhibition curator for the Scott Award, and am on the events team for History of Art society. I also served as a student representative for History of Art for a year and work on student offer days to tell them more about the subject. I am a very keen person who loves to be involved and help out! Art is my passion in every way and I think that that shines through my choices, my activities and my turtlenecks.

 

 

Why does this role appeal to you? (please keep under 200 words) 

 

This role appeals to me because I take a lot of joy out of managing things and keeping them organised (lame, right?). I'd like to eventually go into museum work as a career so this seems like a lovely fit. I have a lot of enthusiasm and feel that getting involved with the gallery is the best place to put all of that energy because I believe that the gallery serves an important role on our campus and offers so many worthwhile opportunities for everyone! 

 

Why do you think you’d be good at this role? (please keep under 200 words) 

 

I would be good for this role because of my enthusiasm, organisation skills and practicality! I am dedicated through my actions and the roles I take on to spread art awareness and make it accessible for as many people as possible and I think I can do that through the role of vice-director. Working to support the director appeals to me because I get along a lot better working behind the scenes with administrative affairs. I love to email. I find a lot of fulfilment out of organising things and people towards a collective goal (in this case, an exhibition)!

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Bethan Carrick

 

Subject: History of Art

 

Year of Study: Second Year

 

Role you are applying for: Vice Director 

 

Please tell us a bit about yourself:(Hobbies, Work/Previous Experience) (please keep under 200 words) 

 

I am a keen gallery-goer and am excited by the curation of galleries and exhibitions. At the moment my interests lie in the crafting of fashion exhibitions and shows, as I think fashion is such an integral part of art but it has been sidelined massively because it has come under the umbrella of pop culture. I am a part York's art group, the Northern Youth - we put on events that showcase artists, poets, comedians and such like. It can be demanding, and the increase in events this year has definitely been a challenge but I have learnt a lot: such as time management, event organisation, teamwork, and developing relationships with venues. Another interest of mine is theatre and I have been lucky enough to see a lot of productions over the years. My most recent job was working in one of London's biggest theatres during Christmas. Despite having uni work to complete, I managed to juggle working 30-hour job. I suppose as a whole my interests comes under 'performance' and I would love to use my experience and knowledge to help shape the gallery next year. 

 

Why does this role appeal to you? (please keep under 200 words) 

 

I was inspired to take on a greater role in the gallery as I feel as though I have grasped how the gallery is run and I would like to share my ideas in extending the gallery both through the choice of exhibition, the operations, fundraising, and events. The gender exhibition typifies what I would like to help implement in the gallery: pushing the boundaries of what is, by rules or convention, acceptable. I thoroughly enjoyed being in direct and constant dialogue with artists and I was completely at ease in doing so. I would love to build new and develop old relationships with artists as for me it was a very enthralling experience talking to artists directly. Moreover, I would like to develop my understanding of the local art market today. The Vice Director is an important role and I wouldn't take it lightly but I like a challenge and I am constantly looking for new ways to challenge myself.  

 

Why do you think you’d be good at this role? (please keep under 200 words) 

 

I am highly organised and have great time management. I work well under pressure especially in creative settings. It is a role that involves a certain amount of formality yet, being in a creative sphere, you need to have a balance between formality and informality in order to get the best out of the committee, the members, the artists and the subsequently, the exhibition-goers. I feel as though I have grasped this balance through working in different circles. I'd be a great support for the director as I feel as though my strengths lie in team management. Having said this, I am ready to learn a lot from the experience and develop my organisation and management skills. I am enthusiastic about art and curating, and I approach it in a thoughtful manner. I have a great knowledge and experience of being on the other side of the curation process as a spectator, which I feel is integral in helping to run the gallery. 

 

 

 

 

Name: Liuka Jonynaite

 

Subject: History of Art

 

Year of Study: First Year

 

Role you are applying for: Vice-Director

 

Please tell us a bit about yourself:(Hobbies, Work/Previous Experience) (please keep under 200 words) 

 

I like to think of myself as a person driven by ideas. I really enjoy exploring how the world is determined by conscious or unconscious discourses, that is why, I absolutely love discussions. As a History of art student, of course, I think that art is absolutely perfect mean in mediating these ideas and gallery as a space itself is about acknowledging and drawing attention to them. It is about silent dialog between art works as well as aloud disputes of the viewers. Previously, I had an opportunity to work for two months in contemporary art, education and residency center in Rupert where I was responsible for supervision of artists residencies. In my role I was constantly involved in communication with artists, mainly, helping them with planning their exhibitions and shows. It was during this work experience when I learned what is the role of art curator in presenting ideas of the artist and to what extent curator is producing the ideas. I am also involved in art creating practices. I enjoy exploring my artistic abilities taking picture with old film camera preferably using black and white film. I use photography also as a way of capturing some visual concepts that other wise are hard to express verbally. 

 

Why does this role appeal to you? (please keep under 200 words) 

 

I think Vice-Director is a very intellectually stimulating role. Being responsible for coming up with themes for exhibition, also highly contributing to the discussion of the curating team seems like a rewarding opportunity to me, a student always feeling anxious that seminars are so short and just wishing to discover what my peers think about different art phenomena that I just keep pondering about. Also, I am absolutely fascinated by the role of the gallery in the community of University of York. I think it is first of all a space that really is a catalyst of it. It is a really open space for artistic expression and dialog among students. 

Nonetheless, I feel that I have capacity to come up with the broad concepts and I enjoy finding out how they can have different variations in the art works. While contributing to one of the last years exhibitions of Norman Rea gallery 'Communal spaces', I was given a chance to write a captions for wide scope of art works of photography and film as well as put my ideas about the main concepts of exhibition in the blog post. I was just fascinated how much interesting things can be said about rather intuitively chosen art works.  

 

Why do you think you’d be good at this role? (please keep under 200 words) 

 

I think I have answered this question indirectly in my previous answers. Still I want to stress that I believe that this role to be not merely requiring organisational skills, technical (that might as well be useful at any kind of role in this committee) but it is also about engagement with ideas, concepts that make the gallery an appealing place to visit. Working closely with Director, who of course influence the most what kind of artistic practices gallery aims to promote, Vice-Director too, I think, needs to have an established position and ability to lead the discussion about art. And I assume I have both of these qualities. 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Zohra Soorma

 

Subject: Sociology

 

Year of Study: Second Year

 

Role you are applying for: Vice-Director

 

Please tell us a bit about yourself:(Hobbies, Work/Previous Experience) (please keep under 200 words) 

 

Combining my passion for art and society/politics through projects which can speak to the public is an activity I thoroughly enjoy. I have created a portfolio of pieces tackling the male gaze through photo-realistic oil paintings of the usually ‘unseen’ areas of the female body. These pieces of art were displayed within an all-boy’s secondary school. This project was an attempt to help in the positive socialization of young boys and to erase the negative taboo surrounding the female body in boys of that age. Through my passion for art and visiting art galleries, I took part in a voluntary curating experience in Bentlif Art Gallery in Kent. This role involved in assisting in the curation of an exhibition surrounding topics of daily living, working with professional artists and curators. 

Organising theatre sets for three productions required designing large scale pieces of art to complement the play. Researching and finalising the sets were down to me. The role involved proposing a design, gathering a team and completing the art while sticking to tight deadlines. Flexibility and an unflappable ability to work in a team was essential, as well as the ability to listen to the needs of producers.

 

Why does this role appeal to you? (please keep under 200 words) 

 

The Norman Rea Gallery has been wonderful to be a member of for the past year. Being involved more heavily would bring me great joy and the Vice-Director seems like the perfect role. 

While working on the ‘Keep Gazing’ exhibition, contacting artists and liaising via email was a task of which I enjoyed and would like to help the gallery with further through taking administrative pressures off the Director. Working closely with the Norman Rea committee and being able to make exhibition suggestions is something I am keen to start. The Norman Rea Gallery is my only societal commitment; therefore, I can give my 100% and dedicate plenty of time to help keep the student run art gallery professional, thriving and eminent.

Developing skills and knowledge within the field of art through learning from other team members is an attractive opportunity. Although I do not study art history, I do have a vast interest in the area. By being the Vice-Director I would benefit from the members artistic knowledge, whilst also providing valuable alternative perspectives outside of history of art.

 

Why do you think you’d be good at this role? (please keep under 200 words) 

 

Having been a gallery member for the past year and being heavily involved within the ‘Keep Gazing’ exhibition, Vice-Director is a role I believe I could bring a lot to. With administrative affairs being a key factor needed for the position, I have experience through an internship within the HR department of a multi-national bank. The role required me to organise time efficiently and stick to strict project deadlines. Communicational bridges were fundamental when working within HR as an approachable relationship between staff was needed due to subject sensitivity. Part time and seasonal work has also highlighted my ability to work flexibly in a team and adapt quickly when working with new members. As Vice-Director, I would maintain a positive, professional and friendly relationship with the Director and other members of the gallery. 

Being from an art background, whilst not studying history of art at university would also positively affect the gallery. By being within a wider community in the university, I have been able to expose individuals to the gallery whom were unaware of its existence. As Vice-Director I will be involved in all Norman Rea projects, giving me the chance to continue introducing people from all scenes.

 

 

 

Name: Megan Roberts

 

Subject: English Literature 

 

Year of Study: Second Year

 

Role you are applying for: Vice director

 

Please tell us a bit about yourself:(Hobbies, Work/Previous Experience) (please keep under 200 words) 

 

Many of my hobbies are pretty art orientated. This year I was social sec for art society, which was amazing fun, and meant working with a great team. I frequently visit galleries (find it an great way to de-stress) and it never fails to generate new ideas, thoughts and imaginings - I also love creating art (not very good art but still) and have been trying to improve my drawing and painting at night classes. I am always looking at other artists to inspire me, and I think this has given me more of an appreciation of artistic styles, movements, and motifs over the years. 

 

Why does this role appeal to you? (please keep under 200 words) 

 

Visiting the Norman Rea gallery whilst at uni, I’ve always been amazed at the inventiveness of each exhibition. The launch for the gender exhibition was incredibly well put together, everything from the interplay between art and lighting, the ambience created by the dj, and the arrangement of art to create dialogues and narratives. It certainly seemed like the collection would not shy away from provocative art and difficult issues and that is exactly what student media should strive for. For those reasons I’d love to be part of the team that puts these exhibitions together, contributing to the history of the gallery, and continuing to showcase upcoming artists and create space for new ideas. 

 

 

Why do you think you’d be good at this role? (please keep under 200 words)

 

As an English literature student, I am always looking for links between literature and the arts, whether that be in film, theatre or the gallery setting. Because of this I’d love to develop the gallery as an interdisciplinary space brining in fiction, film, performance and pop-culture to enhance the viewing experience. I am currently the publishing director for the looking glass anthology, a role that depends on my ability to arrange the texts we are submitted in interesting and innovative ways: creating a narrative shape to the book, and placing pieces together that will create a dialogue and spark debate. For this reason, I think I would be well placed to arrange art work in such a way to create interesting comparisons, and an overall story which will guide and engage the viewer. I am also arts editor for the Yorker, meaning I frequently engage with and write about York’s art scene. I think this could help with curating the gallery and also provide useful links to the young creatives and press contacts we have established at the magazine. 

 

TREASURER

 

Name: Emma Pearce

 

Subject: History of Art

 

Year of Study: Second Year

 

Role you are applying for: Treasurer

 

Please tell us a bit about yourself:(Hobbies, Work/Previous Experience) (please keep under 200 words) 

 

I am a current second year History of Art student. I would really like the experience to be on the Norman Rea Gallery committee to further my experience of working in the curating and gallery field, and as an opportunity to meet and work with new people! My main interests are in art: going to galleries, exhibitions and country houses. My interests lie in 18th and 19th century British art, but I’m also interested in the contemporary art world, particularly in themes of gender and queerness. With Scottish and Australian heritage, I also love looking at the art history of these countries. I’m also really interested in the mediums of prints and textiles, which I would love to explore the possibilities of including in the gallery. I do have some previous experience of volunteer work in galleries, such as the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge in which I helped improve the visitor experience which I think is useful for curating. I also have previous experience as a society treasurer, as well as handling money in an arts and heritage context whilst working as a guide but also on ticket sales and the gift shop at Longthorpe Tower for the English Heritage. 

 

Why does this role appeal to you? (please keep under 200 words) 

 

I loved getting involved with the Norman Rea Gallery’s current exhibition Keep Gazing, and would love the opportunity to be more involved on committee. I think the role of Treasurer best suits my previous skills and experience as Treasurer of Literature Society, a role I really enjoyed but would be keen to extend in a new context. I am very good at managing money, budgeting and planning so I think this would be a really good opportunity for me to use those skills. On the wider scale of the Norman Rea Gallery, I am thinking about pursuing a career in curating, and being more involved with the gallery would be a great opportunity for me to gain some experience. I am also interested in the business side of running galleries, so I think the role of Treasurer would be especially useful to me. I would also like the opportunity to perhaps explore my own interests in future exhibitions. I would love to take the themes of Keep Gazing even further and perhaps create a show on exclusively queer identity. Furthermore, I am very interested in fashion and textiles and would really like to explore the possibility of curating these.

 

Why do you think you’d be good at this role? (please keep under 200 words) 

 

I think my most useful experience is being the Literature Society Treasurer for the past year. This means that not only do I have experience of how to manage the finances generally, but I’m also already aware of the ins and outs of YUSU finance. I’m aware of how to fill in all the forms, get signatory approval, pay money in, requesting floats, reimbursing money, freshers fairs duties etc. I think the Norman Rea Gallery would be a good new experience however, with having to deal with sorting invoices and dealing with larger finances. I also have knowledge of Excel and good basic maths skills. I have further experience of working on committee teams to organise, promote and finance events both as part of LitSoc but also at my Sixth Form, as Welfare, Equality and Diversity Officer on the Student Council and President of Feminist Society. Especially on Student Council, I was involved in organising and promoting large scale debates and music events at local venues.

 

 

HEAD OF PRESS AND PUBLICITY

 

Name: Pearlin Guillon

 

Subject: History of Art

 

Year of Study: Second Year

 

Role you are applying for: Head of Press and Publicity

 

Please tell us a bit about yourself:(Hobbies, Work/Previous Experience) (please keep under 200 words) 

 

Having spent the whole academic year as the Head of Press and Publicity for the Norman Rea, this has given me the opportunity recognise the ins and outs within a gallery through curating shows to dealing with artists. I also have experience in publicity through maintaining the social media presence of both my parents’ businesses, which has given me the ability to deal and communicate with clients but as well as provided a greater understanding of how to advert to a multitude of viewers. Coming from a family that has a background in graphics, I am aware of the visual language that plays a vital role in publicity. I would also consider myself as an avid supporter and fanatic of Instagram, therefore strongly considering the importance of branding and how to relate this to a range of audiences. 

 

I have a keen interest in using the Instagram platform for personal use, using the network to act as a visual and creative window into my life. When I am not on Instagram, I find pleasure in photography, capturing the world from my own perspective. I would also add that I’ve been interested in fashion and the way in which we present or even embody elements of ourselves through fabric and accessories. 

 

 

Why does this role appeal to you? (please keep under 200 words) 

 

In this new age, the world circulates through the virtual platform of social media. Considering the Norman Rea is the only student-run gallery across the United Kingdom, I would like to continue to broaden the gallery’s connection with a wider audience. By being the current Head of publicity for the gallery, I would want to further continue my role and help build a stronger foundation and continue to improve the public face of the Norman Rea. This would be done through my understanding and interest in adverting and branding, which will be most beneficial for the gallery’s digital presence.

 

Through being a History of Art student, this role has taken an interest in me by not only being able to learn about the artistic field but also to maintain and experience the reproduction of art in a digital form. By having formal skills that I have learnt through my degree, I am able to speak and comprehend the artistic language in the art world. Ultimately, this role best suits me due to my experience and my interest in cyber-presence. 

 

 

Why do you think you’d be good at this role? (please keep under 200 words) 

 

After having the privilege of being on the current committee, it has enabled me to gain a better understanding of the insides of the gallery’s framework. This role has also helped me gain trust within the university community. By having prior experience and knowledge of the role, it has provided an opportunity to further improve the face of the Norman Rea Gallery. I’ve been most beneficial for the gallery through increasing the follower count across all social media platforms. This has firmly created a name for the Norman Rea across campus amongst fellow students and staff. I’ve also created alliances with York Art Space and Leeds Art University. I intend to further increase the publicity of the Norman Rea with other universities in the future. I have also made connections with both local and international artists throughout the course of working with the gallery. 

If I were to continue as the Head of Press and Publicity I would aim to reach higher through my absolute devotion to the gallery. I am keen to thrive to create a greater network within the art world and therefore, I will hope to remain an asset for the gallery. 

 

 

HEAD OF BLOG 

 

Name: Rosie Day

 

Subject: Theatre: Writing Directing and Performance

 

Year of Study: First Year

 

Role you are applying for: Head of Blog

 

Please tell us a bit about yourself:(Hobbies, Work/Previous Experience) (please keep under 200 words) 

 

I'm currently involved with URY speech team. There, I work with a small group to organise and present a bi-weekly show called 'The Culture Show" where we discuss culture, exhibitions and events within York. I also write and help manage the URY speech blog, discussing such events in written format. I have a keen interest in art and art history, especially performance art, and I also paint, draw, and write poetry and plays. I am  Chair of the Scott Award Committee, a student led group who work at promoting arts within the university, organising arts workshops, promoting on social media, and organising an annual exhibition.

 

Why does this role appeal to you? (please keep under 200 words) 

 

I'm looking for more opportunities within the university to get involved with arts based societies as I have neglected it as my degree does not allow me to express myself as much as I would like. The concept of helping to run the blog team appeals to me because it will allow me to myself explore the creativity of others who have their art presented within exhibitions and within the community, and help others to do this as well. I love art and the exploration of it, and I believe this role would be a fantastic way for me to practically apply and expand this interest in art. I also hope to go into a career based on my interest in creative writing, hopefully journalism and/or the creative writing of plays and poetry. This role would therefore help me to broaden and refine my skillset.

 

Why do you think you’d be good at this role? (please keep under 200 words) 

 

I am well experienced in creative writing. Writing for the URY blog and reviewing culture within York on the radio has provided me with the experience to write blog pieces exploring arts and culture creatively and openly. Additionally, part of my course involves scriptwriting, furthering my creative writing abilities, and critical analysis of play texts which has provided me with skills necessary for exploring and analysing works effectively. I also enjoy creative writing very much, and would throw myself into the role with vigour consequently. Being Chair of the Scott Award Committee, I am committed to promoting arts within the university and so would perform passionately within the role with the aim of getting the information in the blog out into the world to inspire other students. This role has also provided me with vital experience in leadership and team work, allowing me to organise a group effectively which would be an invaluable skill in this role, helping to support and oversee other members of the blog team.

 

 

SOCIAL SECRETARY

 

Name: Faith Weddle

 

Subject: History of Art

 

Year of Study: First Year

 

Role you are applying for: Social Secretary

 

Please tell us a bit about yourself:(Hobbies, Work/Previous Experience) (please keep under 200 words) 

 

Before starting university, I gained valuable experience hosting events such as assisting catering and serving refreshments for Berwick Visual Arts and Paxton House. In Sixth Form I was appointed Tuck Shop Manager and we were the most successful year to date - so I know how to hunt for a good deal! The money raised from the Tuck Shop was for an end of year party so raised as much as possible, and with over £800 raised the party was super! I am aware that the Norman Rea Galleries budget will be limited, but I’m confident that I’d be able to make great socials no matter what the budget is!

 

Why does this role appeal to you? (please keep under 200 words) 

 

The role of Social Secretary for the Norman Rea Gallery appeals to me for three reasons: 

1.    Many of the Norman Rea Gallery members are members because they are considering galleries as a career in the future. Therefore, I think this would be a great opportunity to start short sessions, focussing on topics such as: curation with the Director and their team, how to choose exhibition themes, possibly even talks with the artists featured in exhibitions. This would be an opportunity for first/second year members to get more involved with the committee and learn the skills necessary to take on roles in the second/third year. 

2.    I’d love to continue the close connection between the Norman Rea Gallery and the Art History Society holding some joint socials across the year.

3.    I love having a glass of prosecco and talking about art! 

 

Why do you think you’d be good at this role? (please keep under 200 words) 

 

I’m passionate about art and galleries! I’m level headed and very well organised. I work well as a team and on my own and I don’t crack under pressure - at home I work at a theatre bar which means serving 350 people in a 10 minute interval, this has taught me to be calm no matter how hectic things get! This year, I found that meeting the gallery committee in informal settings, at socials off-campus, were an excellent way to make friends with second year students and if I were appointed Social Secretary I would intend to continue this tradition. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the team this year and I think it is really important take the opportunity to teach and communicate with members in the Norman Rea Gallery as much as possible. 

Thank you for reading and please consider me for the role!