Creative Internships Blog Week 5
Alexandra Roberts, National Museum Wales
I’m Alexandra and I am just finishing my third week as an intern placed at The National Museum Wales. Having just graduated from Photographic Art (BA) Hons at The University of South Wales this past summer, I’m so happy to now be working at an arts organisation looking at a different aspect of the arts.
Until my final year at university I had almost no experience of fundraising, so when we needed to raise money for our graduate publication and exhibition I thought it would be a great opportunity to get involved. We mainly focused on our crowd funding campaign and small fundraising events and I found that trying to get people involved and to support the project was something I really enjoyed. Working so hard to fundraise for a project makes it so much more rewarding when you see the final outcome and how all the support has come together. When the opportunity to become an Arts and Business Creative Intern arose, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to learn all about fundraising for the arts.
The National Museum is the kind of organisation I have always loved visiting, yet the grandeur of Museums like this makes it seem highly unrealistic that you will ever see behind the scenes. So when I found out I was placed at the Museum I was so excited, it’s quite rare to find a job where you can pop out of the office to see a giant mammoth or an original Monet painting in your lunch break.
I was a little unsure of what to expect from the museum. From a visitor’s perspective it is based mainly around education in science and art in a quite traditional sense. However in the past few weeks I have been able to experience a much wider variety of what the museum has to offer.
I was lucky enough to get a tour around the Artes Mundi exhibition before it opened to the public, as well as a talk from one of the artists. I also went to London for the NME Music Photography Awards which was exhibiting images by Chalkie Davies, as the museum is hoping to work with him in the future. These have both been such valuable experiences, to see how modern art work fits into the traditional setting of the museum, whilst also seeing how other organisations interact with the community.
It has been so interesting looking at the possibilities of what The National Museum has to offer, and exciting to get to work on some of the projects throughout my 10 months here. It seems I’ve arrived here at the perfect time, when the museum and research is filled with the work which made me passionate about art in the first place. I look forward to seeing what else I can get involved with in the next 10 months!