26 February 2018back

Creative Internships Blog Week 20

Sioned Young, Pontio

The last few weeks here at Pontio have certainly been busy. I’ve been working on something different with each of my three arts mentors, a challenge at times, though I’m thankful to gain a good experience in so many fields.

With James Goodman, Structural and Regional Development Funds Manager at Bangor University, I’ve been working on a grant application to a Welsh charity for a Creative Multi-Purpose Storage unit for the centre. With Elen ap Robert, Pontio Arts’ Artistic Director and James, I’ve been developing a Sponsorship Package for the businesses who attended our Business Engagement event in January. I’ve had great fun putting it together and having something on hand which will give businesses an insight into the centre, our community work and the different ways of supporting us.

My third arts mentor; Sheila O’Neal, Bangor University’s Executive Director of Development alongside my Line Manager Eleri Davies have been working with me to further develop a Membership Scheme for Pontio. Though this is unfamiliar territory for us here I’m looking forward to launching something new which will hopefully be a good fundraising initiative for Pontio and a good way for me to leave my mark of impact when I leave in the summer.

Outside of work I also attended an Arts Council Wales meeting ‘Have your Say’, where young people passionate about the arts got to meet and have our say on the future of arts funding in Wales. It was great hearing everybody’s individual stories on why they love the arts and need the continuation of its funding. Most importantly the evening reminded me how passionate I am myself about funding the arts in Wales and how I glad I am that my work as an arts fundraiser can help secure exactly that.

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