Wellington 13-year-old tour guide for DreamWorks exhibition

Bella Barber, 13, left, and Maddie Gillespie, 12, are among eight junior curators chosen for Te Papa's DreamWorks ...

Bella Barber, 13, left, and Maddie Gillespie, 12, are among eight junior curators chosen for Te Papa's DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition.

There's nothing Bella Barber likes better than being in front of a crowd teaching young minds - and she's only 13.  

Bella is one of eight junior curators trained to lead Twilight Tours for Kids through DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition

It's not the first time the Queen Margaret College student has been a tour guide - she's been volunteering for school tours for two years. 

"I love being there and doing tours, and if it wasn't for this school I would never have landed the job in the first place," she said. 

Bella heard about the opportunity from her year 8 teacher. 

"I was the only person who went for it [in my school], and with my experience as a school tour guide for two years, I already had a lot of the skills needed." 

It takes special skills to be a curator. 

"You have to be able to confidently speak in front of others, and to be knowledgeable about the topic. But most of all, you have to be interested in the subject because it really reflects in your work."

Bella is fascinated with DreamWorks. 

"DreamWorks movies hold a special place in my heart. The movies are so funny, informative and visually incredible."

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He favourite character is Eep, from The Croods, the first move she saw with her entire family. 

"She is so brave and strong. It was great to see animation create a young woman who was so determined."

Seeing behind the scenes what went into making the movie was a new experience. 

"Everything was so surreal to see because it really is the journey from sketch to screen." 

Bella said she had always loved Te Papa, but since recently moving across the road from the museum had visited even more. 

"They have so many amazing exhibitions, and it's such a great mix of interesting and education learning.

Although Bella's job as a curator will end next week, her career is just beginning. 

"This job has given me more motivation and more skills. I would love to do what the people of Te Papa do - inspiring young minds to think and work creatively."

The tours kicked off last week and run this Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $20 for a child, and accompanying adults/caregivers are free.

 - The Wellingtonian


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