Valerie Ryan – Work Experience Blog July 2018


Peter Le Vasseur in the Rona Cole gallery at Candie Museum

When I woke up in the morning, I was happy to know I would be started to do work experience at Candie Gardens with the Guernsey Arts Commission, though I was still really nervous as this would be completely different to any work experience I’d done before; I’ve only ever worked as a waitress and, of course, it’s not something I’m really interested in, whereas doing something creative is what I’d love to do in the future.

When I arrived, I found it difficult finding where I was supposed to be but after a lot of confusion and phone calls, I finally was placed in a small office with the door labelled as “Guernsey Arts Commission” with Russ and Katrina.

I was shown to my desk where I had a notepad, a digital camera and a Mac to work with. The Mac had been logged in and I was briefly shown the digital camera.

To be completely honest, I was worried that’d they might be a little upset that I hadn’t turned up on time, but they were very understanding and I instantly felt less anxious.

The Lower Gardens taken by Valerie Ryan at St Sampson’s High School, Guernsey

When I had settled down a bit, I was given a tour around the museum and gardens and I brought the camera with me to start taking photos. I saw the Rona Cole art Gallery, the Victor Hugo exhibit and the Lady Tait exhibit. Since it’d been years from the last time that I went to Candie Gardens, having a tour was really exciting and I took a large interest in everything I was being shown, as well as asking appropriate questions.

Throughout this, I’d learnt a myriad of information about the history of certain artists; from the modern art of today (contemporary) and much older art which started from the 1800’s, dialling back to the 1500’s. I was also shown things like pots, coins and stones which had been carved into tools and weapons that had been discovered all over the Channel Islands dating back 2,000 years ago.

After I was given a tour, I went off on my own to take a lot more photos and not just of the gardens and art, but the café, the gift shop and the library too. I was given lots of suggestions and ideas on how I should present my photos at the end of the week as well.

My day did start of with a lot of anxiety, but by the end of the day, I was excited to return to see what the next day had for me.

Valerie Ryan, year 10, St Sampson’s High School, Guernsey



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