I’m excited to be the most recent member of The Circle team! I started in my role as the Junior Communications Assistant in March 2019. After spending a full year concentrating on my creative practice as a visual artist, I felt it was time that I found a position that was going to be more than just a day job. I was looking for a role that would offer me the opportunity to build a career in an area that would allow me to utilise the skills I have acquired over years of self-directed artistic practice. Before joining the team, I had been working mostly in retail, customer service and receptionist roles which developed my verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
I’ve been living and working in Dundee for just over 10 years since I moved here to study at DJCAD in 2008. I started off in the General course and then studied Fine Art undergraduate before moving straight into a Masters’ on the Masters’ of Fine art and Humanities course where I worked mostly in photography and performance with an interest in philosophy, gender and race studies. This is my second year as an artist in residence and associate staff member at DJCAD. I’m a member of several arts organisations and am a co-founding an organising member of Yon Afro Collective (YAC) which is a black woman led collective based in Scotland.
My time living and working in Dundee has made my aware of how integral social enterprise and charitable organisations are to the fabric of Dundee. The city relies heavily on services provided by the third sector and spaces like The Circle are an incredibly important resource for individuals and communities across the city. I feel strongly that the Circle is the perfect fit for me because I can sense that I share similar values as the culture of the organisation is based on inclusion, skills sharing and mutual support.
When I arrived on my first day, one of the first things I noticed was a quote by Maya Angelou that is posted on one of the walls in the office. It reads: “You can’t use up creativity, the more you use the more you have” I immediately felt at home when I read this quote as Maya Angelou is one of my biggest inspirations and there’s nothing that fuels me more in life than creativity. The team was very welcoming, and I immediately felt very comfortable just chatting with them and getting to know everyone and what they do and how The Circle has grown over the past few years.
It’s an exciting time to join the team as we are going through a massive period of expansion that I think is going to be a welcome challenge for me as someone who thrives in a busy working environment. I’m looking forward to bringing my skills and experience to the table and I can’t wait to learn from the team.
The role is funded through the Community Jobs Scotland scheme, which is delivered by the SVCO working in partnership with the Scottish Government and Scotland’s third sector; https://scvo.org.uk/jobs/community-jobs-scotland
CJS creates employment opportunities for young unemployed people within third sector organisations throughout Scotland – particularly those who are more disadvantaged in the labour market.
I’m hoping to gain further experience in communications, graphic design and writing for social media and online platforms. I aim to continue to build and refine The Circle’s online presence and strong relationships between The Circle and its tenants and service users. I’d love to help to create more opportunities for collaboration and provide more insight into what kinds of services The Circle provides internally and externally to help spread the word on the incredible work that we do with the local community.