Cassandra BarronCassandra has been with Voluntary Arts Scotland since January 2011, helping to organise Voluntary Arts Week, conducting country-wide research on the sector, and maintaining Voluntary Arts Scotland’s social media presence amongst other things. Cassandra graduated with a Masters in Art Museum and Gallery Education in 2010, having previously studied Fine Art Sculpture at Glasgow School of Art. She has since worked in various roles encouraging participation in the arts and crafts including Art Educator at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Arts Director at Camp Tamakwa in Canada and Artist in Residence at the Girvan Festival of Light. She currently volunteers with Remade in Edinburgh, whose primary aim is to create a reuse and repair centre in Edinburgh. At Remade she has taught various arts and crafts workshops and in turn has learned how to sew and knit, and is currently experimenting with making her own clothes.

“For me, taking part in arts and crafts activity is a way to relax and be free,” says Cassandra. “I really enjoy the process of learning a new skill, experimenting, creating a final product and passing on my newfound hobby; be that sewing a purse, knitting a jumper or drumming a tune (a more recent venture). The arts are a great way to bring all sorts of people together to create a sense of community and it makes me happy to be part of this.”