18 August 2017back

Creative Internships Blog Week 44

Nathan McCarthy, Sherman Theatre

I feel that since taking part in the Arts & Business Cymru Creative Internships Programme I have developed an understanding of business terminology. I recall the induction day at Eversheds where I felt as if I knew nothing and I was going into this whole situation blind. When I expressed this to Clio (in Strand Two) she reassured me that the programme was an internship, and no one expects you to know anything at all. She was right, and over the course of the year I feel like I am now much more comfortable with basic business terminologies. The Arts & Business Cymru training courses at Eversheds also assisted in increasing my confidence, including two training events early on, which had given me an introduction to fundraising strands like Big Lottery and ACW. These sessions paired with the Cardiff Development Forum, and Cardiff Business Club have proven a great way to meet people working in the sector with all different levels of experience.

My experience of Event Co-ordination has also increased during the course of the previous 11 months. I have assisted in the co-ordination of events for Sherman as well as Arts & Business Cymru. In terms of my own fundraising knowledge, I feel that over the past 11 months I have developed an awareness of the application process and a further understanding of the role of an arts fundraiser, especially considering that when I applied for the role I had no knowledge of the sector. Before taking part in the Internship I was only aware of funding bodies like Arts Council Wales and other Arts Councils around the UK, now however I feel much more confident in my grant research ability and am aware that there are numerous funding bodies out there including public bodies, trusts and foundations, corporates, and individuals. I submitted my first application to the Co-Op Community Fund this April which was Successful in making Sherman Theatre’s Deaf Theatre Club one of Co-Op’s selected community charities. 

I am sad to be leaving the team at Sherman Theatre today. The experience I've had here has been amazingly life changing. It's given me so many skills I can use in future endeavours, and the people I've worked with have been wonderfully supportive of me in all areas of my work. They are all true professionals in their field and I'm honoured to have worked with them and to have learned from them. The future is scary. But I'm ready.

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