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19th October 2016 Bea Udeh

Verity Barrett, Showroom Workstation

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Verity Barrett
Box Office Supervisor
Showroom Workstation
@theworkstation

Verity joined the Showroom in 2014 as a Box Office Assistant and progressed to become a Box Office Supervisor at the beginning of 2016. She works with a second supervisor to support the Box Office Manager in the effective running of the Showroom Cinema Box Office, including admin, ticketing, finance and sales. Key to her role, is working directly with cinema customers and users of the Showroom Workstation.

As a primary point of contact for those using the building, Verity works hard to welcome customers and visitors, engaging them with enthusiasm and tact. She is able to build a rapport with many visitors, and helps to encourage them to expand their experiences through film and related events at the Showroom. She has also worked to advocate for improvements in supporting and empowering staff, especially those in front facing roles, with whom she works most closely.

Verity studied BA Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts. While studying in London, she built links with the Tate gallery, working as member of their youth curatorial group Tate Collective and subsequently undertaking a traineeship with Tate’s Adult Programmes team, choosing to focus on work with their Access and Community strand, where her passion for arts and health could be fully utilised. Verity has built upon her interest in creativity and wellbeing, over the past seven years, working within creative, independent and charitable organisations. Her experience in these areas has given her the opportunity to work with a diverse range of people, including groups of different cultural, social and economic backgrounds and with a range of access needs.

Outside of the Showroom, Verity is a Director at Community Arts Space, x-church, situated in the highly deprived South West Ward of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. She has recently completed an 18-month training position there, working across the organisation with all staff and volunteers, in a curatorial and administrative capacity. This included: planning, facilitating and running a creative, play-centred, Children’s group- Slumgothic Children’s Project; managing the collection and digitisation of all records, engaging hard-to-reach young people through youth project- Slumgothic Teenage Art Project – of which she was a founder, aged 17; and working with the team of directors in the research, planning, marketing and running of multiple events, always with the community and diversity at their core.