2 February 2016back

Creative Internships Blog Week 15

Hephzibah Leafe, Venue Cymru

It feels like forever since I wrote my last blog as January has been packed with all sorts of varied tasks and activities.

Take pART, the annual arts and literature weekend at Venue Cymru took place on 9th and 10th January and was a huge success. It was wonderful to be part of an event of this scale where children from all backgrounds got to come along to try different activities throughout the day. The event was free to attend to make it accessible to everyone and give people the chance to experience the arts, perhaps for the first time. This has shown me the importance of securing funding for the project and seeking new supporters for the future. As the project grows from year to year with more artists and activities available, more funding/business or individual support is needed to cover the costs and to maintain the free ethos.

Last week, I went to Wales Millennium Centre to shadow my fellow intern, Rebecca. It was really interesting to see the kinds of tasks she was carrying out there, and to see how such a different organisation operates. During my time there, I had discussions with various members of the development team. I was amazed at how many people there are in this team at WMC. I took advantage of this and spoke to people from different areas who gave me some information that I found genuinely useful when returning to Llandudno.

I found the visit very interesting and it was useful to step out of the Venue Cymru office and north Wales altogether to see how the role of fundraising differs in Cardiff.

Although most of my role so far has been based on the corporate side of fundraising, I am looking forward to working alongside the general manager to gain some insight into funding and grant applications.  I just wish that we had longer in the organisations to be able to work intensely on many projects. But, I am enjoying getting of taste of various activities whilst I am here and will make the most of the remaining 6.5! months.

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