A VOLUNTEER is in with a chance of working with an artist in residence at a National Trust home in Middlesbrough.

Rachel Powell is searching for a protégé to join her at Ormesby Hall to help oversee her second installation, which will be officially unveiled in June.

The successful volunteer will be provided with the opportunity to find out more about the creative process behind art exhibitions and experience first-hand all the work it entails, from the initial idea generation stage and setting to work, through to the completed installation and witnessing the public’s reaction.

She said: “My hope for residency at Ormesby Hall is to make ‘art’ accessible to the general public, so to close off my search for a volunteer just to those who are deemed as experts in the field didn’t make sense to me. Essentially, I’m looking for someone who is passionate about history and culture, as well as being instinctually creative and enthusiastic. They don’t need to be experts or specialists.

“As well as working with me on my second installation, the volunteer will also get to work directly with the public once a week, taking them through my work and sharing the experience with them – the volunteer would need to have the confidence to speak in public.”

Anyone interested in the role should email rachel@rachel-powell.info, and answer the simple question ‘What would you like to get out of the experience?’. Entrants must be over 18 years old and they have until May 10 to apply.