Getting started in the creative and cultural sector

Create Gloucestershire was fortunate to be involved in an life changing initiative, the Creative Employment Programme which supported 40 young people as paid interns and apprentices in 20 different creative organisations/SME’s in taking their first step into working in the creative sector. Of those 40 young people, over half of them were kept on by their employer or moved on to further study. 

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Victoria Ainley - Internship at Hawkwood College

Victoria was the Marketing, Publicity and Social Media intern at Hawkwood College and was responsible for increasing Hawkwood’s web presence including social media alongside assisting with general marketing duties. After completing a Masters degree in London, she was looking for an opportunity to gain work experience in the South West. This internship provided a great opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience in a creative industry. 

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Data data everywhere nor any drop to drink

February Update from Pippa Jones

The Ancient Mariner in Coleridge's poem is marooned on the ocean and tortured as he sees "water, water everywhere" but none of it water that he can drink. 

Data feels a bit the same to me at the moment - it’s everywhere - big data, data breaches, data savvy, data rich, data poor and of course data protection. 

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Barney Heywood
Going the Extra Mile (GEM)

The GEM Project aims to engage with and support individuals within Gloucestershire who are currently dealing with circumstances that are potentially causing barriers to work and move these people closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment.

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Sam Jenkins - Internship at The Wilson

Since finishing her internship, she has spent 6 months as a Collections Assistant at The Devil’s Porridge Museum near Dumfries, and a year as an Assistant Registrar with the National Railway Museum. She is currently on a years’ contract work with the National Museum Scotland in Edinburgh as an Assistant Registrar.

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The Art of Libraries - rolling into new libraries for year 2

The Art of Libraries test programme is coming to the end of year one.  After a hectic summer programme of events aimed at children and young people, we took to the road with the Detective Story Bus with artists, Jacqui Grange and Fabi Williams, taking creative activities literally to the doorsteps of families in more isolated parts of Gloucestershire. 

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September Update from Pippa Jones

If you want some ideas about how to engage Local Authority partners in arts and cultural activity,  take a look at this new online resource from ACE (Arts Council England) and LGA (Local Government Association) –  LGA is the national voice of local government, working with councils across the UK to support, promote and improve their offer.

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Barney Heywood