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My name is Maddy and I am the new ‘Arts Marketing and Administration Intern’ here at The Witham.  I’m a graduate from The University of Huddersfield with a first class honours degree in music. I specialised as a pianist in theatre and classical music but now I am interested in developing my arts business and creative development skills. It’s true to say that being an arts graduate in the world of work today is very tricky. Nevertheless, I was lucky enough to be offered the role as arts marketing and administration assistant here at The Witham and I can now begin to develop my ‘real-world’ vocational experience alongside the creative and commercial development of The Witham.

I was fortunately the perfect fit for a trainee position – a position to develop over time alongside the forward drive of The Witham itself.  Katy really pushed for a trainee to be ‘arts/music’ focused rather than ‘marketing/business’ focused. I couldn't agree more.  For an arts venue to thrive, you need people working behind the scenes who are passionate about the productions and reaching out to the community to offer them the opportunity to experience new shows and events which may have not been so easily available before.

 

Anyway, I am just becoming to the end of my first three weeks here at The Witham and I have already gained an initial insight into the daily operations of running such an exciting project, from managing an evening front of house, marketing shows online, organising logistics for an event and creating printed media. I have already witness delightful children’s theatre, folk gigs (my favourite!) and classical and jazz evenings and I can’t wait to learn a lot more over the next 12 months! I am especially looking forward to the exciting networking opportunities in the world of folk music and children’s theatre coming up with the opportunity to attend training and shadowing days at regional venues across the North East.

 

I envisage to update this blog with news and to track my learning so hopefully it can be useful to other arts graduates who seek to work in the world of arts marketing, administration and live performance.

 

That’s all for now – I am in the office on my own this week so have lots of emails to write and pass on to people!

Thursday, 05 June 2014 14:58

Blue Plaque Trail

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The replacement of The Witham's blue plaque and reprint of the blue plaque trail were part of The Witham's Heritage Activities Programme 2012-2014. 

Thursday, 05 June 2014 14:11

Object of the Month

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This exhibition was part of The Witham's Heritage Activities Programme 2012-2014.

It was developed in conjunction with The Bowes Museum and Heritage Volunteer researcher Anne-Marie Ashman and is on display in the Heritage Corridor from June to December 2014.

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 12:15

Witham Rocks

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This exhibition was part of The Witham's Heritage Activities Programme 2012-2014.

It was developed in conjunction with Heritage Volunteer researcher June Watson and was on display in The Gallery in February 2014.

Friday, 30 May 2014 12:16

Witham Time Capsule

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A time capsule dated to be opened in 50 years was buried underneath the paving in front of the entrance to the Link Building on Wednesday 28 August 2013. The burial of the capsule was part of The Witham's Heritage Activities Programme 2012-2014.

Friday, 30 May 2014 11:46

Site Visits & School Talks

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The Witham worked with staff from Graham Construction and Durham County Council to offer site tours and talks to engage and inform the local community about the redevelopment work being carried out. These were part of The Witham's Heritage Activities Programme 2012-2014.

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