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Arts internships to come to Newlyn and Penzance to boost Cornwall's employment offerings

By CMJoshBarrie  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

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AN ARTS internship scheme is soon to come to Newlyn and Penzance after money was raised to give young people opportunities to begin a career in the sector.

Newlyn Art Gallery and Exchange last year raised over £3,500 through a national Christmas charity campaign to set up an ongoing project that aims to help students find work in the arts industry.

Recruitment for the internships, which will run three months at a time, is set to begin soon - with the first starting in April at either venue and focusing on work “geared towards interests”.

Tamsin Young, development officer at the galleries, said often students come to Cornwall to study at University College Falmouth, gain skills, and then leave to find employment. She hopes the project acts as a platform to keep more skills in the county.

“We plan to offer the placements soon - we want to be able to offer meaningful work,” she said.

“We get lots of work experience and we’re quite good at it, really - so we thought why not use this and make it more worthwhile?”

Ms Young said both the Arts Council and Cornwall Council have identified that the county lacks skills in the creative sector. She said it is an area that needs improving.

She added she hopes more money can be raised and local businesses buy into the scheme.

“We managed to raise £3,580 towards our £4,000 target,” she said.

“It was pretty successful - it’s the first time we had done it. But we’re going to carry on fundraising. We would love for businesses to sponsor interns.”

The development worker said initially the team will be working with University College Falmouth and using its recruitment systems to find potential candidates, but anticipates that as the project develops the galleries will conduct its own searches.

Interns will be part-time and paid just over the minimum wage. They can take on roles at either Newlyn Art Gallery or The Exchange in Penzance.

You can donate here: https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/projects/view/20310/creative-placement-project--newlyn-art-gallery

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