30 March 2017back

Creative Internships Blog Week 26

Bethan Lewis, Artes Mundi

I am now more than half way through the internship, a point for a certain amount of reflection. It has been a packed 6 months full of events, an exhibition, hosting Plus Tate and a very busy fundraising schedule. I did not realise quite what we have been able to achieve in that time until reflecting at my half way meeting.

I have just drafted and completed two Trust & Foundation applications and am in the process of applying for funding from overseas sponsors for a major project coming up in the Autumn. I have been updating the CRM database over the past couple of months and have been interested in using technology and business collaboration tools to make the workplace communication more efficient. I found the Nesta / ACW Digital Innovation in the arts very valuable as it gave so much information on workplace communication and the advantages of recording data for fundraising purposes. I recommend reading the reports of the creative partners (including G39/Artes Mundi) that took part in this project.  I have had the opportunity to attend various training dates including the A&B Cymru training as well as Tech training on Google Analytics. I am also in the process of reporting on a major online giving campaign.

The Artes Mundi team have been busy fundraising for interim projects and looking ahead to Artes Mundi 8. Nominations for Artes Mundi 8 launch on April 4th so keep an eye out on our website.

In the last few weeks I’ve been offered a great opportunity and have accepted a Development Officer position in South Wales. I am thrilled to be able to take the skills I have learnt through the Creative Internship Programme and apply them in a fundraising role. I would like to thank A&B Cymru, the Artes Mundi team and my mentors, for the overwhelming support I have received during the internship. 

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