4 December 2017back

Creative Internships Blog Week 10

Sioned Young, Pontio

These last five weeks have been very much a taste of everything. With three mentors within Pontio and the University I’ve been introduced to a whole range of elements relevant to fundraising. Sheila O’Neal, the University’s Director of Development, has tasked me with exploring the potential of developing a subscription service for Pontio.

With Elen ap Robert, Pontio’s artistic director we’ve been in discussion with 3rd sector organisations on partnerships projects. Also, rather excitingly, I’ve started planning a corporate event for January, where I’ll be inviting local businesses and potential supporters to Pontio to see an eagerly anticipated new production from circus company Pirates of the Carabina.

In the last five weeks I’ve also had the chance to attend a selection of events. Last week I assisted Arts & Business in their North Wales Networking Event over in MOSTYN Gallery in Llandudno.

Two days later I travelled down to Cardiff for Arts & Business’ Fundraising Symposium. I got to hear from a range of trusts and foundations about what factors determine success in a grant application. It was useful as I’m currently working on my first small grant application to assist in funding a potential silver screening event. This will also be an opportunity to help tackle the current rise in social isolation within the older generation, and introduce new audiences to Pontio

Attending the Symposium also gave me the chance to meet arts fundraisers from across Wales and catch up with two of my fellow interns, Johnny and Lucy. It was a big relief to hear that they had faced some of the same initial obstacles and breakthroughs as myself and although all four of other interns may be on the other side of the country I’m looking forward to sharing the rest of this internship journey with them and see us blossom into (hopefully!) great fundraisers.

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