Working as part of the Arts Development Team within the Guernsey Arts Commission has been needless to say a LOT of fun, the work has been varied and no two days have been the same which has been great. I can honestly say I have looked forward to coming into work every day.
I have just returned from a years traveling trip around Australia and Indonesia and this is my last week in Guernsey before heading off again to Auckland for nine months to travel and hopefully intern (Providing I get the job) in an art gallery. But before I fly off this little rock I wanted some experience and insight into my own local arts community.
I am currently interning for a week with the ADT specifically as a Marketing Intern and have been shadowing the lovely and bubbly Carolyn Le Maitre but sadly my working week has come to an end (boo hoo, sniff sniff).
The Guernsey Arts Commission office is without a doubt a mass of activity so it’s no surprise things can seem a little busy but beneath the busy exterior everyone is extremely friendly, helpful and always available if I have a question.
An average day would begin with a much needed morning coffee with the team, I would then check my emails and touch base with Carolyn and the rest of the Arts Development Team to discuss current and forthcoming projects, events and my assignments on a day to day basis.
My tasks throughout the week have predominately consisted of updating and creating a new media release for the Six of The Best Exhibition which has now been extended through to December (If you haven’t been to the Greenhouse to see it yet come and check it out, it’s pretty inspiring – Photos below are from the Six of The Best Exhibition).
To creating this perspective you are all reading and uploading these to the GAC website.
Meeting and greeting lots of interesting people to discuss further projects throughout the coming months specifically Christmas Projects (am gutted I won’t be here to enjoy this, spending Christmas in the sun is NOT the same).
I was happy to also be included in a meeting to discuss further updates to the GAC website, which has been really interesting to learn and understand the layout of the website. It was great to bounce ideas around as part of a team to improve and enhance the website to the arts community.
A well as being based in the office, Carolyn showed me around the amazing ‘Arts Mobile’ which is where the GAC community arts volunteers run art projects on a weekly basis around Les Genats (Tuesday evenings). This is a really good opportunity to see the work the GAC are doing to deliver Arts in the community first hand. To volunteer log on to www.arts.gg
Interning for the GAC has been a truly beneficial and encouraging week. This opportunity has opened my eyes as to what it is like to be part of this creative group and within a marketing point of view an insight into how to promote and develop the GAC.
Everyone here has been really welcoming and has given me the opportunity to be fully immersed in all aspects of the work that they are doing. It has been great getting to understand how an organisation like the Arts Commission runs and the hardworking people who keep it running.
I would like to say a big thank you to the GAC and ADT from Monday morning everyone has made my week work placement so enjoyable and looked after me well. After this week I now feel more prepared and confident in approaching creative art organisations in Auckland and am looking forward to taking the experience I have learnt and applying it to new roles in the future.