My name is Floura and I started volunteering as a guardian in art galleries around 6-7 years ago. I first began volunteering at S. H. Ervin, where I loved learning about art and meeting new artists each and everyday.
I then applied for the Sydney Biennale in 2012 and my love for art continued. Working at the Biennale I met Frances Robinson (Volunteer Co-ordinater) and Travis Rice (Venue Manager) who were always encouraging me. I was able to learn more and more about different types of art, meet many new artists and be surrounded by great team members and interesting visitors from many different cultures.
The Biennale brought me to the MCA, as some of the artworks were being presented there. Of course, I had a great time again with such friendly hosts, NCCL staff and the rest.
Later, at the 2014 Biennale, I met the lovely Taryn (who was a FOH Team Leader) and she encouraged me to send in my resume and ask to do some volunteer work for the MCA. Then Jodie, who was also working in the NCCL, suggested that I could help with the Contemporary Kids program.
I also met Susie Rugg and started volunteering at Art Play, I met Amanda Palmer and got involved with the Bella Program, and met Susannah Thorne and Georgia Close – all lovely people who were so encouraging and kind and helpful.
I feel so lucky to be on this journey and to have met so many amazing people.
I am now a casual Host at the MCA and also still volunteer for the Bella Program and Art Play. I am so proud and so happy to work in such a lovely environment with such lovely staff, Hosts and all other people involved with the MCA.
I will do as much as I can to continue to make the MCA a better place. As a team member, I will warmly welcome the visitors who come from all around the world, and share the artists and art with them.
It feels like a dream come true for me – proving that no matter how old you are, what culture you are from, you can still be useful! That’s what I love about the MCA. Australia – what a country, and MCA – what a place.
I will warmly welcome the visitors who come from all around the world, and share the artists and art with them.
Floura Khosh Kish
Floura began volunteering in galleries approximately 7 years ago, beginning at S.H. Ervin gallery in Sydney. She came to the MCA in 2012 as a Biennale volunteer, meeting MCA artist educators and eventually joining the MCA team. Floura brings her passion for art and warmth to every visitor to the MCA.