12 May 2014back

Creative Internships Blog Week 28

Faye Hobson, The MAC

Like everything in the art world my role at the MAC continues to evolve and change rapidly to meet organisational needs. This itself brings challenges, but is also teaching me how important it is to be able to adapt and balance a diverse workload; skills which I’m sure will be vital going forward in my career.

During my first 6 months at the MAC my role mainly focused on venue hire - a key revenue stream for the organisation – an area which I am now working on refining and streamlining in readiness for the recruitment of an Events Officer. Whilst part of my role continues to be related to venue hire, I am also now working in a much more wide and fundraising focused role. I have supported a number of applications to Trusts & Foundations and Statutory Funders. This has been a fantastic learning experience and is something which makes me incredibly grateful to have been placed within such an experienced and supportive staff team.

When recently completing a piece of research into arts membership schemes I discovered a real interest in Individual Giving, something which became apparent when printing what was meant to be a 3 page report but had actually ended up being 20 pages. It was brilliant to have the support of my Business Mentor, Caroline Armstrong (Major Donor Executive at University of Ulster) when completing this research. Though Caroline ordinarily works with much larger donations than I was researching her knowledge of individual giving and memberships is a really fantastic resource to have.

Over the last few months I really feel that I have grown into my role as an arts fundraiser.  This became apparent to me on a recent visit to London, when visiting The Photographers Gallery for the first time since it’s re-launch (and on the first day of the Deutsche Borse Photography Exhibition may I add), I found myself much more interested in the donation boxes, membership scheme and list of funders than the actual artworks. Let this act as a warning for those of you interested in becoming a Creative Intern in the future, fundraising will take over your life!

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