Arts Development Officer Sarah is an exceptionally dedicated member of staff who has been at Kibble for over 14 years. As well as in the classroom teaching textile fashion and design technology, Sarah will often be found outside the classroom, managing exciting art projects for our young people. Her projects have ranged from a thrilling Halloween float to being involved in a sensational online fashion show.
What did you do before Kibble?
Before Kibble, I worked as an outreach arts tutor, where I travelled round Glasgow teaching art at various charities and community groups. I studied Textile Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and subsequently worked as a textile designer.
A job advert recruiting for a social enterprise coordinator at Kibble stood out to me and I was confident I had the skills to do the job well. I was keen to work with young people who were in care and share my skills.
How long have you worked at Kibble?
I have worked at Kibble for 14 years, from running a Social Enterprise, specialising in printing t-shirts to making the move to Kibble’s secondary school teaching art.
What made you want to work for Kibble?
I wanted a job that challenged me and would be different every day. I wanted to help young people see the good in themselves and see their capabilities. I wanted a job that would support me in attaining further qualifications.
Please give an overview of your role at Kibble?
I work in Kibble’s education department. Part of the week I enjoy classroom teaching, where I deliver qualifications in Art and Design and Fashion and Textile Technology. The remainder of the week I work in my Arts Development role, where I am responsible for managing our various arts projects.
Sometimes you’ll find me hosting a student steer group, sometimes I’ll be writing a funding bid, sometimes I’ll be spray-painting some old clothes, every day is different. But every day certainly involves laughter!
Our arts projects are so enjoyable and give everyone involved memorable and meaningful experiences. Standout moments have been taking part in the Paisley Halloween Parade, which was brilliant fun and throwing a virtual Kibble fashion show.
Tell us the best thing about working at Kibble?
The best thing about working for Kibble is the relationships.
I sincerely love the positive relationships I have made with both the young people and my fellow colleagues.
Young people are such an inspiration to me, they keep me learning and thinking differently to ensure I can engage, inspire and empower them in a way that will prepare them for their future. Seeing a young person have pride and achievement in themselves through their artwork is incredible and it’s what I strive to do.
I am blessed to be given autonomy in my role and have good leaders who support my (sometimes whacky) ideas!