18 June 2018back

Creative Internships Blog Week 34

Sioned Young, Pontio

What a month! Looking back at my calendar since my last blog post it’s shocking to see how much has happened in the space of a few weeks.

The month of May came to an end with an exciting series of events, starting with our final staff training workshop I’d secured for a local restaurant chain. Then, came a particular highlight for me, our Gwanwyn Festival Event – a film, cake and singalong session for people over 55 years old, funded by my first ever grant application. It was great to see so many happy faces, from our audience (including many new faces to Pontio), to the entertainers, staff and event sponsors. The feedback was excellent and it was such a satisfying feeling knowing the impact my fundraising work could achieve.

To top off the month, for the final time in my internship, I travelled down from Bangor to Cardiff, this time to work at the highly anticipated Arts & Business Cymru Awards. It was a great experience in so many ways. I got to network with a variety of people, got to know Wales Millennium Centre inside and out in the matter of twelve hours, and most importantly get to be a part of the final product of Arts & Business’ many months of hard work.

So far, June has given me my fair share of work too. I helped organise and host an engagement reception, with guests including businesses, arts organisations and the University, coinciding with Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour’s exclusive visit to Pontio. I also attended Audience View training to learn how to put all my Membership work and research onto the computer system, ready to launch in the near future.

Finally, to top it all off, at the end of last week myself and the other interns participated in a CV and Interviews workshop, led by the incredibly skilled Paul Ralley from Legal & General. The advice he gave was so informative and participating in interview exercises has left me rearing to go to fight my cause as a passionate and skilled fundraiser for the arts. Bring it on!

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