An art-loving Egyptian schoolgirl on vacation in Bermuda spent her summer as a volunteer at the Masterworks gallery.
Aisha Grant, 17, who came to the island to visit her Bermudian relatives, signed up to help with the children’s summer art and education camp at the Botanical Gardens art gallery.
The young artist, originally from Cairo, explained that she spent two weeks in July working alongside other young people and assisting older volunteers, before flying back to England, where she now lives with her family.
Aisha, who resides in Nottingham, said: “[Bermuda] was very nice. I don’t want to leave.”
She explained that her aunt, Valeria Nearon, who lives in Bermuda, invited her to visit for three weeks for the first time in 15 years.
Ms Nearon said she took Aisha to Masterworks and encouraged her to ask for a volunteer position.
She explained: “She loves art and I thought it would give her a better understanding of Bermuda.”
The opportunity was not in vain. Aisha said that she found herself recreating flowers and Bermuda kites, while experimenting with watercolour paints.
She added that the experience was her first time working with children, which she felt challenged her reserved nature.
Aisha said: “I’m a little shy when it comes to talking with different people, so, at first, I didn’t talk with the children.”
She explained that despite this, she became more comfortable and enjoyed working with others who also enjoyed art.
Aisha said: “In my country, we don’t have something like Masterworks, where you can go and learn how to make art, so I always hoped I’d have something like that when I was small.
“It was really good and I really enjoyed being there.”
She added: “The children would always stop and ask me where I was from, where Egypt was, and if the people there went to school. I told them, ‘Yes, we do the same things that you do in Bermuda’.”
Tom Butterfield, the founder and creative director of Masterworks, said: “We are thrilled to have been joined by Aisha Grant as a volunteer.”
He added: “She has put her youth to good energetic work and commitment, helping with our children’s summer art and education camp.”
A spokeswoman for Masterworks said: “Aisha added a special touch to week two, as her cultural background inspired not only the campers, but the staff also.”
Mr Butterfield added: “She has been a great asset. We thank her for finding us and wish her well on her return home.”