29 July 2016back

Creative Internships Blog Week 39

Clio Ryan, Artes Mundi

As the sun shines and fans blow in the balmy  offices at Artes Mundi, the gears have steadily been increasing over the past year (and particularly the past months), in preparation for the 7th cycle of the exhibition and prize and all of a sudden, October doesn’t seem so far away. It has been fascinating to watch each department and aspect of the exhibition evolve and grow - from the first hints of what the exhibition could be, to a fully deliverable project, the opportunity to fundraise for the organisation has seen me learn about the entire process, as well as individual aspects.

I will be staying at Artes Mundi as a creative intern for an extra month and so the shock of finishing the internship is still at least a little while away.

In the mean time, there is still much to be learnt and the past weeks have seen me explore a relatively new side to fundraising; I have been charged with delivering the second phase of Artes Mundi’s application to The Big Give Christmas Challenge, meaning that I am responsible for rallying pledges to our cause. This is my first experience of individual giving and I have been spending time working on text to be included in our newsletter, emails, website and social media as well as gathering details of individuals to be contacted and learning the joys of Mail-merge. With a deadline and pledge target to achieve, this has been a brilliant opportunity to test my ability of working independently and under pressure, and I have enjoyed the process immensely so far.

I realise the internship is drawing to a close, but I won’t say my farewell to Artes Mundi just yet. I will however thank everyone at Arts & Business Cymru for the incredible opportunities I have received in the past year. It has been so much more than I could ever have expected, and I look forward to the next steps.

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