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NorthTec’s arts department has launched an internship scheme for people who are interested in learning how to run a working gallery.
With one intern firmly on board, up to two more are being sought to assist with running the Geoff Wilson Gallery at the Raumanga campus.
Alysn Midgelow-Marsden, Creative Industries Educational Coordinator, said the volunteer positions would provide opportunities for artists and creative people to learn about the administrative side of working in the industry.
They will enable NorthTec to keep the gallery open to the public every weekday, and possibly run weekend events.
Alysn 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.
She said: “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.”
Intern Filani Macassey is in her second week of the scheme, and says she is loving the opportunity to develop her knowledge of the arts industry and to interact with students.
An experienced working artist who specialises in multi-media, Filani is a graduate of the Elam School of Fine Art at Auckland University and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Her work is inspired by her Fijian heritage, and she has also lectured on the subject of Fijian tapa (bark cloth).
Filani said she has always tried to bring together her art and her work in the community: “For me, doing this internship just fits into my direction and my lifestyle. How a gallery is run is a good thing to look at and get experience from.
“As an artist, I’ve always been on the other side, so it’s nice to be able to see this side of the industry. I’ve already been able to give some advice to a third year student and I feel very comfortable in this educational environment.”
Filani is pleased to be involved with the Geoff Wilson Gallery: “I think this is the best gallery in Whangarei at this point in time – there is no other gallery that has this presence.”
Potential interns do not have to be practising artists but must have a passion and enthusiasm for the arts at their broadest level. Applicants are interviewed and asked to sign a volunteer agreement, and applicants must commit to giving one and half to two days of their time each week, for a minimum three-month period.
Anyone interested in an internship should email their CV and a covering letter explaining why they are interested and what they hope to gain from it, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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