Sammy Jones meets MK Gallery volunteers Andrew and Peter.
Art lovers Andrew Rodgers and Peter Martin were thrilled when MK Gallery reopened earlier this year. It meant the opportunity to view world-class exhibitions on their doorstep.
When they learned the gallery was looking for volunteers, they both applied for the opportunity to show visitors around the new galleries and exhibitions.
Andrew spent more than 35 years working as a postman locally and, whilst working, studied for a Masters Degree in the History of Art.
“When MK Gallery reopened I seized the chance to get involved. I absolutely love the place and it is great to be able to give something back to my community,” he said.
Andrew and Peter are leading tours of MK Gallery’s current exhibition George Stubbs: ‘all done from Nature’, which takes the visitor on an amazing discovery of works by one of the UK’s greatest painters.
Known for his wonderful images of horses, Stubbs also painted a range of exotic and domestic animals that are featured in the show including cheetah, rhinoceros, moose, dogs, fowl and monkeys.
The show also includes forensic drawings of dissection – both animal and human. The gallery has even secured the rare loan of the Stubbs masterpiece Whistlejacket from the National Gallery.
Peter is a semi-retired architect who has spent 45 years in MK, helping to create the city we call home.
He said: “It’s wonderful to see how popular MK Gallery has been since it reopened and I have thoroughly enjoyed welcoming so many people to the Gallery. As well as the exhibitions, our tours have been able to give visitors some insight into how the history of Milton Keynes is told through the design of the building.”
> Exhibition tours run weekly, and are free with purchased tickets. Visit http://www.mkgallery.org for dates and times.
> George Stubbs: ‘all done from Nature’ is on at MK Gallery until 26 January.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering opportunities at MK Gallery visit mkgallery.org or call the team on 01908 558 305.