Crafting a Cultural Workforce
A&B Cymru’s innovative Creative Internships Programme is currently in its second year. Thanks to crucial funding support from Colwinston Charitable Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation and Arts Council of Wales Lottery, the scheme continues to aid the sustainability of the arts through the development of a new generation of fundraisers.
For some time, Wales has suffered from a lack of professional arts fundraisers. This problem is increasingly serious in the current economic climate. A&B Cymru believes that the only way to address this is to attract new graduates into the field.
In October 2013, four arts graduates began 10 month paid internships with leading organisations in Cardiff. With all four emerging from the scheme determined to pursue a career in fundraising, two have already secured full time roles with Chapter and The Funding Centre. The remaining two have embarked on second phase internships with National Theatre Wales and Sinfonia Cymru. This gives the interns an opportunity to cement and develop their learning from year 1 and provides organisations with no full time fundraising capacity the chance to benefit from the experience of trainees who have undergone an intensive introduction to this crucial area.
Four new first year interns have also been placed into arts organisations. Photography graduates Alexandra Roberts and Olivia Richardson and Arts Management graduates Louisa Turner and Ava Plowright will work with National Museum Wales, NoFit State Circus, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Wales Millennium Centre respectively.
Rachel Jones, Chief Executive of A&B Cymru, said:
"We are absolutely delighted that the first year of the Creative Internships Programme was so successful. It is truly rewarding to see, after just 10 months, how passionate all four graduates are about becoming professional fundraisers. That has always been the ultimate aim of the scheme. The new first year interns are extremely enthusiastic about the next 10 months and I am confident that all four will benefit hugely from this unique training experience. But this is just the beginning. If we are to make a tangible difference to the future of the arts, A&B Cymru must ensure this scheme continues in the long term."
To read the interns blogs, please click here.
For further information about the Creative Internships, please firstname.lastname@example.org or call 029 2030 3023.
The Creative Internships Programme is made possible thanks to the vital support of: