Hello. My name is Jim, I am Qube’s Arts Development Officer and I have worked for Qube for almost two years now. Before Qube I was the Coordinator of Wrexham’s Regional Print Centre. This is a printmaking studio, open to all, funded by the Arts Council of Wales.
Qube works in partnership with organisations and artists in Oswestry and across Shropshire including – Designs in Mind, Hermon Chapel, Marches School, Gemipops Design and Shropshire County Council Arts. A typical day involves me working collaboratively, developing projects to give people access to creative and artistic pursuits.
Another large part of my role is writing funding applications, as without grants from organisations such as the Arts Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Youth Music, the Staffordshire Community Foundation and the Postcode Lottery, we wouldn’t be able to continue offer the range of creative and arts events.
When I’m not writing funding bids I’m preparing press releases and communicating far and wide about our projects. I also support our fundraising initiatives including our successful bus appeal and The 2.6 Challenge, and I’m on hand to help with the courses programme and our exhibitions.
We are a close-knit team at Qube but I work most closely with Charlotte on arts based projects. A recent example of this is ‘Work in Progress’ – a creative social group for women funded by Staffordshire Community Foundation. I love working with the fabulous team at Qube and the various people and organisations throughout Shropshire. No day is the same!
My spare room has now become my office. I’ve made working from home fun by listening to music, continuing the Qube tradition of regular tea breaks, keeping in touch with the Qube team and getting out for a walk, almost once a day. I have set myself some challenges for Qube’s 2.6 Challenge: I’m listening to 26 songs a day for 26 days and drawing a 26 second self portrait every day for 26 days. As a keen baker my third challenge is to bake 26 cakes (and no doubt share them!).
Inevitably I’m missing my colleagues, all the office banter and chat, being part of the Qube community and seeing all our visitors. Having a cup of tea made for me (as in the office) doesn’t happen at home.
When things get back to ‘normal’ my plans are to go for lunch or dinner in a restaurant, visit a gallery or a museum, go and see some live music and visit my family in Scotland.
I should have added that I miss Helen’s chocolate fingers when “It’s a chocolate finger kind of day”. My favourite biscuit is a dark chocolate digestive.
My top three lock-down songs are
- David Ford – Downmarket
- Twilight Sad – VTr
- JAV IS – House Music all Night Long
Jim has been taking part in the Qube 2.6 challenge. Click here to find out how…