Creative Internships

Creative Internships Programme 2020/21 

Crafting a Cultural Workforce

Funded by Arts Council of Wales Lottery and Moondance Foundation


Now in its 8th year, A&B Cymru’s Creative Internships Programme gives recent graduates a tangible opportunity to develop a career in arts fundraising.

Welsh arts organisations are currently encountering unprecedented financial challenges as they try to adapt their work to comply with the restrictions of the pandemic.  The unavoidable loss of income that many are facing makes the Creative Internships Programme more important than ever to the sector. 

Since its inception, the programme has enjoyed tremendous success. Of the 29 interns who have completed placements, 24 are now employed as professional fundraisers. Between them, they have already raised over £3.1 million for the arts in Wales.

2020-21 Objectives

Five interns will begin their 10-month placements with arts organisations on 2 November. Having swiftly adapted to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the recruitment process and induction training took place virtually and all placements will combine remote and venue-based working.

Each of the Interns will: 

  • Undertake a paid placement with a not-for-profit arts organisation on a specific, measurable project
  • Receive structured support from the participating arts organisation, including mentoring from a senior fundraiser
  • Receive mentoring from a business adviser chosen by A&B Cymru to meet the intern’s professional development needs
  • Be invited to attend all A&B Cymru training courses, free of charge
  • Gain direct events management experience by working on A&B Cymru events
  • Be given access to useful networking opportunities via A&B Cymru events

The Placements

Eleanor Benson and The Aloud Charity


Arts Mentor:        Rachel Dominy, Executive Director, The Aloud Charity

Line Manager:    Hannah Beadsworth (pictured right), Development Manager, The Aloud Charity

Eleanor graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama with an MA in Arts Management this autumn. She has a 1st Class Languages degree from Newcastle University. Eleanor is passionate about developing her professional fundraising skills and keen to play her part to support the arts sector at this pivotal moment. She will be working with Aloud four days a week, focussing on developing the Charity’s individual giving scheme, as well as assisting with Trusts & Foundations applications. Her Arts Mentor will be Aloud’s Executive Director, Rachel Dominy.

Hannah Beadsworth, Development Manager at The Aloud Charity said: “We are so thrilled to be part of the A&B Creative Internship programme this year. Eleanor will be doubling the size of our Fundraising team at Aloud and will play a key role as we explore new fundraising strategies and expand our activities across Wales. The Aloud Charity has a bold and ambitious vision for the future: we're very optimistic about the year ahead and are looking forward to sharing this exciting time with Eleanor as she joins the team”. 

Bex Betton and Cardiff & Vale University Health Board Charity: Arts for Health & Wellbeing  


Arts Mentor:                Marie Wood, Head of Revenue Fundraising, RWCMD

Line Manager:             Simone Joslyn, Head of Arts & Health Charity, CVUHB (pictured above right)

Bex has a BA in Scriptwriting from University of South Wales and is passionate about the arts industry. She is also the first Women in Games Ambassador in Wales. Bex is particularly excited to have the opportunity to work with the Health Board, empowering everyone to experience the benefits of the arts. Bex will be working 4 days a week for the Charity, focusing on Trusts and Foundations, community fundraising and helping to bring virtual arts activity to life for the charity. She will be mentored by Marie Wood, senior fundraiser at RWCMD.

Simone Joslyn, Head of Arts and Health Charity at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said: “I’m delighted to welcome Bex to the team.  Her experience working in the arts, coupled with a desire to increase income for the arts through fundraising and events will be invaluable to the team.  I hope she enjoys her time with us to grow her knowledge and skills for the future with the support of A&B Cymru.”

Greta Bettinson & Hijinx Theatre


Business Mentor:        Paula Morris, Head of Marketing, Atamis

Arts Mentor:                Andy Healy, Development Manager, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD)

Line Manager:             Sarah Horner, CEO, Hijinx Theatre (pictured above right)

Greta will be placed as a Strand 2 intern at Hijinx, having completed a Strand 1 placement in July 2020 at the RWCMD.  At the College, Greta primarily focused on Trusts & Foundations, demonstrating excellent research and writing skills.  This experience will be extremely valuable at Hijinx, where she will be working on writing grant applications, community fundraising and individual giving. Greta is combining her work at Hijinx with studying for an MA and will continue to build on the mentoring relationships she has established over the past year with Paula Morris and Andy Healy.

Sarah Horner, CEO at Hijinx said: “We’re thrilled to be hosting a Creative Internship at Hijinx this year. In the current climate fundraising is hugely challenging, yet remains vital to the sustainability and resilience of charities. The support that this role will offer the wider Hijinx team cannot be underplayed, enabling us to grow our fundraising work, and diversify our approaches. Plus, we get the chance to bring some fresh new thinking into our work – we’re really looking forward to welcoming a new member of the Hijinx family.”

Aled Rosser & Cwmni’r Theatr Frân Wen


Line Manager:             Nia Jones, Executive Director, Cwmni’r Theatr Frân Wen (pictured above right)

Arts Mentor:                Richard Tynen, The Funding Centre

A Music graduate of Bangor University, Aled has been involved with the arts since a young age.  While studying, he worked for the charity Sistema Cymru – Codi’r To as a music tutor. He will be conducting his full-time placement through the Welsh Language.  Aled joins the small Frân Wen team at an exciting time as they focus on the theatre’s major capital redevelopment project for their new company home in Bangor. His Arts Mentor will be Fundraising Consultant Richard Tynen, who is already working with the company in an advisory role.

Nia Jones, Executive Director at Cwmni’r Theatr Frân Wen said: We are delighted to welcome Aled to our team at an exciting and crucial time for Frân Wen.  We are confident that he will bring energy and new ideas to support the delivery of our ambitious fundraising strategy. Supporting the creative aspirations of young people is at the heart of everything we do at Frân Wen and it’s essential that we value the importance of developing the next generation of art managers within this context as well as artists”.  

Macx Roche & Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

Line Manager:            Angharad Leefe-Jones, Executive Director (pictured above right)

Arts Mentor:               Richard Newton, Richard Newton Consulting

Macx has a BA in Theatre Design & Production from University of Wales Trinity Saint David and worked for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru whilst studying. He is interested in finding innovative ways to raise funds for the arts and is passionate about working through the medium of Welsh.  He strongly believes that the sector plays an important role in promoting the health, education, regeneration, and well-being of all. Macx will be assisting the company four days a week to develop new and sustainable income streams. Fundraising Consultant Richard Newton will be Macx’s Arts Mentor.

Angharad Leefe-Jones, Executive Director at Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru said: “The fundraising internship gives us a valuable opportunity to learn and to develop our fundraising activities, with the aim of increasing our resilience as a company, which is key in the current climate but also looking to the future. We are also glad to be able to offer employment to an intern during this difficult period. “

Arwel Gruffydd, Artistic Director at Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru said: “This is a perilous period for our sector as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, and securing income from trusts and foundations and the world of business will be absolutely critical for the continued prosperity of the arts. We’re therefore delighted to welcome Macx Roche to our team at Theatr Gen, and also to be part of a wonderful scheme that not only supports the efforts of arts organisations at a challenging time, but also offers opportunities second to none for the new generation of fundraisers.” 

With special thanks to our programme funders: