Stratford Percy’s Place art shop is looking for more volunteers

Percy’s Place needs more volunteers. Photo/Alyssa Smith

A shop supporting Taranaki artists needs more volunteers.

Percy Thomson gallery manager Laura Campbell said that with the Taranaki Arts Trail fast approaching and many volunteers taking part in the trail, the shop needs more volunteers to keep it running.

“Most of the current volunteers are down with the trail. At the shop, we have a number of Taranaki artists who donate their time to run the shop. The benefit is that people who visit the shop can speak personally to artists for their work.”

She says volunteers don’t have to be an artist to volunteer for the shop, but a friendly, bubbly nature is a must.

“We have a lot of people coming and during the artistic journey there will be even more. This role would suit anyone who wants to volunteer and work with the community. This involves talking to people and handling sales. “

As well as being a great opportunity for people to fill their days, Laura says volunteering would also work for high school students.

“This is perfect for high school students to gain retail work experience. It would look great on the resume as it is retail experience and helping the community .”

Volunteers can choose how often they want to work.

“It can be once a week or once a month, every little bit counts. The shop is open seven days a week so volunteers can choose the day that suits them.”

She says the volunteers will receive training on sales and store management.

“It’s a very supportive team in the shop and new volunteers will be trained.”

In addition to helping run the shop, Laura says volunteers will also support Taranaki artists.

“All the works for sale there are from Taranaki artists, so they will help those artists to sell their works.”

■ For more information, people can visit the Percy Thomson Art Gallery and talk to Laura.

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