Hi Gemma, tell us a little about yourself!

I'm from North Shields and I graduated from Northumbria University in 2004 with a degree in Architecture.  I worked in practice for 2 years before deciding I wanted to change direction and take time out to find a new career path, during this time I managed a small independent store in the coastal village of Tynemouth.  I've always had a passion for art and design and wanted to come to the Globe so I could learn more about the practical side of working in a gallery and find out about careers that would mix my knowledge of art with my experience in business and management.

We love books! What is the last book you've read, and why should we read it?

I very rarely read fiction but I do love reading biographies as I believe nothing is as strange or interesting as people’s real lives.  I also collect travel books as I have a real passion for seeing other cultures and love the differences that separate us and the similarities that bring people together. The book I'm reading at the moment is Road Trips around America so I can plan my next adventure.  I'd defiantly recommend it as it’s got some good tips on how to see the country on a budget.

How long have you been volunteering at Globe?

One week.

What do you do when you’re not volunteering?                                                                                                                                           I manage an independent clothes store


Travel, buildings, cooking and pub quizzes.

People who jump the queue (it’s not world hunger or war but it drives me nuts)

Pencil or Pen?

Pen, there is no shame in scribbling out mistakes.

Where would be your dream place to live?

New York.


If you would move to live in New York? Wouldn't you miss North East? :)

I really would miss the North East a huge amount if I moved to New York and could never imagine leaving here permanently.  As much as I love travelling it’s always lovely to come home to my friends and family.


What is the most important for you when you travel?

The most important thing to me about travelling is seeing how other people live and seeing all the places that I've seen in books come to life.

What is your most favorite hot drink?

Hot Chocolate with whipped cream.

What would make you happy?


What is your favorite artist?

I love the richness of Klimt's work.

What is your favourite spot (pub, club, gallery :), hill, etc.) in Newcastle upon Tyne?

I love driving into Cullercoats in the morning and seeing the sun hit the water with the Priory in the background.

And finally, what are your plans for the future?

I want to travel to every country in the world and one day run a marathon (very very long way off though)

It was very interesting to find out more about you!