One intern, Filani Macassey, is already on board, and up to two more are wanted for the voluntary roles to assist with running the Geoff Wilson Gallery at the tertiary institute’s Raumanga campus.
Alysn Midgelow-Marsden, NorthTec’s Creative Industries Educational Co-ordinator, said the positions would give opportunities for artists and creative people to learn about the administrative side of working in the industry.
They will also mean that NorthTec can keep the gallery open to the public every weekday, and possibly run weekend events.
Ms Midgelow-Marsden will act as mentor to the interns, teaching them all about the gallery’s systems and processes, from organising exhibitions and arranging publicity to hanging artworks and running workshops. “As they get more confident they can bring in their own ideas for workshops and talks. If they like working with young people, for example, they might run Saturday morning workshops for children. They will come out with work experience and references, and we have organised some ACE [Adult community Education] courses for them which they can study for free, including Gallery Studies,” she said.
Ms Macassey is in her second week of the scheme, and is loving the opportunity to develop her knowledge of the arts industry and to interact with students. The experienced working artist who specialises in multi-media has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.
Anyone interested in an internship should email their CV and a covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Northern Advocate