A&B Cymru’s innovative Creative Internships Programme is now in its fourth 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, 13 interns have completed placements with leading arts organisations and 10 are already employed as full-time professional fundraisers.
In September 2016, 3 recent graduates have been placed into arts organisations for 11 months’ intensive fundraising training. Bethan Lewis is a Textiles graduate of University of Wales Trinity Saint David who has been matched with Artes Mundi. Drama graduate of University of South Wales Nathan McCarthy is placed at the Sherman Theatre and Eleanor Prescott, a Journalism Graduate of Cardiff University will work at Wales Millennium Centre.
Having completed their first year internships, 2 second year interns have also been placed. Alex Roberts, a photography graduate from University of South Wales was formerly placed at National Museum Wales. She will now be undertaking 2 part-time placements with National Theatre Wales and Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Clio Ryan, also a photography graduate of University of South Wales, was placed at Artes Mundi for her year 1 internship and will now work with The Gate Arts Centre.
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 fourth consecutive year. It has been truly rewarding to see how passionate all our interns are about embarking on a career in fundraising. That has always been the ultimate aim of the scheme. The 2016/17 interns are extremely enthusiastic about the next 11 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 the scheme continues in the long term."
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