24 June 2016back

Creative Internships Blog Week 34

Hephzibah Leafe, Venue Cymru

It is unbelievable that I now have less than two months left at Venue Cymru and as an A & B Intern!

The past month has given me the opportunity to reflect on what I have experienced and achieved during my 8 months so far at Venue Cymru. I have also identified what I am aiming to achieve between now and when I finish on 12th August, to make the most out of the remaining time here.

Over a month has passed since the Arts & Business Cymru Awards Ceremony in Cardiff. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of helping at such a big event (probably the biggest event I have been involved with to date). I enjoyed teaming up with the South Wales interns and the A&B staff to be part of the evening. It was inspiring to hear about the various partnerships between businesses and the arts and to join in, celebrating their success. I was actually quite nervous leading up to the event, not knowing what to expect. The evening was so well organised by A & B that I was soon able to relax into the role and enjoy the experience.

Looking back to when I went into the office on Monday 6 June, I was disappointed (but not surprised) to receive my first email to inform me that I was unsuccessful in a grant application.  Being one of my first grant applications and knowing the competitive nature, I knew not to dwell on it, but take the useful experience and skills forward to other applications and work.  To cheer me up on my Monday morning, my general manager informed me that my approach to the Gwendoline and Margaret Davies charity had resulted in a grant of £2,000 towards a current project run at Venue Cymru. I was delighted to have contributed in fundraising to a good cause and this has given me a confidence boost in approaching other grant applications and charities!

As Sophie spoke about in her blog, the2016/17 Internship programme is open for applications until 20th June. It was great to be the first A & B intern to be based in North Wales. I have had such a positive experience by being on this programme and I hope that there will now be more budding fundraisers to take the internship on in North Wales!

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