Hello from Natalia, the ITP communications volunteer


Hi everyone, I am volunteering with the International Training Programme this year and I will be mainly responsible for communication, i.e. supporting the ITP team in digital engagement through social media such as Facebook, Twitter and the blog.  But firstly, I would like to tell you a little bit about myself.

My name is Natalia Joanna Puchalska and I am originally from Poland. I did my bachelor’s degree in art history back in my country of origin. I came to UK around five years ago with an aim to improve my language skills and study for my master’s in the same subject. Last year I graduated in MA art history from the University of Sussex in Brighton and my field of expertise is twentieth century art from Europe’s peripheries and international art collaborations. Therefore, the International Training Programme seems to be a perfect project for me in terms of my personal and professional interests! 

As art, art history and anything related to museums are my passion, in my spare time I try to catch up with the latest exhibitions or art oriented books and magazines. I read a lot, that is my second favourite thing to do. Aside from art and books I love to eat and try new dishes, I bet I could gather a lot of fantastic recipes from your local cuisines!

This is my first volunteering job in a museum of this rank, however I did some communication projects in the past. Back in Poland I co-founded ‘Socjeta’ – an organisation promoting contemporary art amongst Poles. Through events fostered by this enterprise I gained a range of communication and digital skills, essential to the role with the ITP.

I am very excited to be a part of the International Training Programme team and hopefully meet some of the fellows soon!