A&B Cymru’s innovative Creative Internships Programme is now in its third year. Thanks to crucial funding support from Colwinston Charitable Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation and Arts Council of Wales Lottery, the scheme continues to aid the sustainability of the arts through the development of a new generation of fundraisers.
For some time, Wales has suffered from a lack of professional arts fundraisers. This problem is increasingly serious in the current economic climate. A&B Cymru believes that the only way to address this is to attract new graduates into the field. To date, eight interns have completed placements with leading arts organisations with seven already employed as full time professional fundraisers.
Five new interns were placed into arts organisations in October 2015 to begin 10 months intensive training in preparation for a career in fundraising. Photography graduate Clio Ryan will work with Artes Mundi while Corrine Cox, who has recently completed an Arts Management MA will train at National Museum Wales. Sophie Potter, a French and Japanese graduate, has been placed with the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Rebecca Hobbs, who has an MA in English Literature from Cardiff University, will work with Wales Millennium Centre. Music graduate of Bangor University, Hephzibah Leafe is the programme’s first North Wales based intern, having been matched with Venue Cymru in Llandudno.
Rachel Jones, Chief Executive of A&B Cymru, said:
"We are absolutely delighted that we have the opportunity to build on the success of the Creative Internships Programme for a third year. It has been truly rewarding to see, after just 10 months, how passionate our interns are about becoming professional fundraisers. That has always been the ultimate aim of the scheme. The 2015/16 interns are extremely enthusiastic about the next 10 months and I am confident that all five will benefit hugely from this unique training experience. But this is just the beginning. If we are to make a tangible difference to the future of the arts, A&B Cymru must ensure this scheme continues in the long term."
For further information about the Creative Internships, please firstname.lastname@example.org or call 029 2030 3023.
The Creative Internships Programme is made possible thanks to the vital support of: