Aneeka Makwana, 21, 3rd year Graphic Design student at Camberwell College of Arts.
I joined CreateVoice in July 2010 as an intern and subsequently signed up as a member to get a greater understanding of the forum and what they do. There were some lovely workshops that I've been involved in, specifically working with artist in residence Christian Kerrigan on a virtual exhibition in a disused part of the museum and a sculpture workshop in casting and model making which allowed us to create self-motivated work within a structure, which were displayed in glass cases in the Sackler Centre for a short while. We also collaborated with the Blue Train Project in curating a series of performances and exhibitions in response to the 'Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballet Russes' exhibition at the museum last year which culminated in a Friday Late event with various performances taking place around the Museum.
As part of my work experience, I was set a live project to create an identity for CreateVoice which lead on to a more consultative role; I showed the progress of my work to members at the meetings and took on their feedback to improve it, ensuring that it was reflective of the group.
The V&A is one of my favourite places to visit, so to be involved in some way is a real treat. I've spent many hours in the Ceramics Gallery as it's full of some incredible examples of diverse craftsmanship and I really love being able to see the skilled hand of the artists in their work. The textile study room is another of my favourite parts of the museum, as you really interact with the objects on display by pulling them out and spend time examining each piece on display; it's quite tucked away so you can potter around undisturbed for quite a while.