22 July 2016back

Creative Internships Blog Week 38

Hephzibah Leafe, Venue Cymru 

Well… I cannot believe that I am sat here writing my final A&B Cymru Blog! 
I think the Creative Internships scheme is great and I am glad to see it running again in October for a new set of interns.

Venue Cymru has proven to be a really good match for me. In just 9 months on the Internship, I have learned a great deal about fundraising and working in the arts. Something I have really enjoyed is being placed in a vibrant organisation where I have also been able to get involved with my music and educational interests. Here is just a small list of what I have experienced both in fundraising and in other areas by being placed at Venue Cymru.

  • Writing 5 grant applications
  • Writing letters to charities (one of which was awarded £2,000 towards a current project)
  • Developing the Corporate Club
  • Learning about different sponsorship options at venue Cymru
  • Writing letters to the public/businesses
  • Networking
  • Corporate nights
  • Mentor meetings
  • Assisting with marketing tasks
  • Performing at take pART
  • Running a music workshop with BBC National Orchestra of Wales. (Gaining a business donation for this)
  • Helping at children’s events such as take pART
I had a great time helping Gwenno and Louise at the Ymuno Festival opening night on 1st July. Great networking event, great festival and great example of business and arts partnerships


On Tuesday 12th July, I at long last graduated from Bangor University as Master of the Arts in Music by Research. It was very fitting, as my time at Venue Cymru and in fact, North Wales sadly draws to a close!

Although I am taking a huge step and moving with my partner to Yorkshire at the end of August, I am taking a breadth of experience with me which I will put to good use. Using my new found networking abilities along with the support from my business mentor Kristen Gallagher and the A&B Cymru Manager, Gwenno, I am looking to pursue arts fundraising alongside working part time in a primary school.

Finally, (as I feel sad writing these last words), I would like to thank everyone in Arts and Business Cymru, both in South Wales and North Wales for the wonderful opportunity to be part of this scheme. I will remember these 10 months forever and will take all my developed skills with me for my future career.

Supporting Wales with some of Team Venue Cymru!

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