NEWS: house announces 16 internships across 11 venues

house announces programme of 16 internships across 11 arts venues from across the south east and east of England, as part of the Art Council England’s Creative Employment Programme

  • The six month internships will only be available to young people, aged 18-24, receiving Job Seekers Allowance
  • Creative Employment Programme has provided £41,200 to subsidise the interns wages, with venues match funding the remaining 50% of the intern’s salary
  • The house intern programme is one of the first consortium bids as part of the Creative Employment Programme
  • Scheme will offer opportunity to young, unemployed people hardest hit by recession,  who might not be able to consider unpaid work within the arts industry

house has confirmed the successful outcome of its first consortium bid with the Creative Employment Programme. The scheme will enable 11 of its venues to offer 16 internships to 18-24 year olds receiving Job Seekers Allowance.

The six month internships, which will be advertised through local Job Centre Plus, will be placed at arts venues across the south east and east of England, including large regional organisations such as Brighton Dome and Farnham Maltings, smaller venues such as Reading’s South Street Arts and Creative Arts East, a rural touring scheme based in Suffolk and Norfolk.

The 16 internships will each last six months, with the first placements commencing in July 2013. The participating venues have raised half of the salary costs for each role, with the remaining funding (£41,200) being covered by the Creative Employment Programme.

Gavin Stride, chair of house: “By providing paid work for young people we will be targeting the group hardest hit by the recession. If we fail to create paid work then not only do we risk a generation being deterred from working in the sector, but we also loose nurturing the fresh, emerging talent which keeps the arts relevant.”

For many of the house venues the Creative Employment Programme offers them the only way to offer internships. Debbie Thompson of Sheringham Little Theatre, Norfolk: “We are very excited about our three internships. Our theatre is very keen to offer opportunities for young people, encouraging and developing their skills so that they can work within their chosen areas of the industry. It will be a huge help to us as a small organisation having  three new team members on board.”

Catherine Large, Joint CEO at Creative & Cultural Skills says: “We are thrilled that employers from all over the country and right across the sector are engaging with the Creative Employment Programme in such a positive way. The programme is gaining real momentum as employers recognise the fantastic opportunity to increase their workforces with local talent, and contribute to long-term change in the sector in the process. There are still 18 funding rounds to come over the next two years, so there remain many opportunities for other organisations to invest in the future workforce.”

Gavin Stride says: “We want to shift the culture of recruitment within the arts sector to ensure that young people are given real, paid opportunities to work in theatre venues and that the experience they have gained will enable them to go on to long-term careers in the creative sector.”

ENDS

For more information please call Katie Williams on 01252 745424 katie@housetheatre.org.uk

Notes to Editors

house was formed in 2012 and is a partnership of 116 theatre venues in the South East and Eastern England working together to increase audiences and improve the range, quality and scale of theatre presented across the region. It is funded by Arts Council England and is based at Farnham Maltings. The house steering group is formed of eight organisations: Brighton Dome, Newbury Corn Exchange, Oxford Playhouse, Farnham Maltings, New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, South Street Reading, The Point Eastleigh and Watford Palace Theatre.  www.housetheatre.org.uk

2013-14 house internships:

Arts Centre Letchworth

The Arts Centre is based in the centre of Letchworth Garden City and presents a programme of exhibitions, live shows, and creative courses and workshops. The venue is creating an opportunity for an Arts Development Intern from July 2013.

Brighton Dome and Festival

Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival present a year round multi-art form programme. It manages the 200 year old Brighton Dome, comprising three performance spaces: the Brighton Dome Concert Hall, the Corn Exchange and the Pavilion Theatre. Brighton Festival is the country’s leading commissioning and producing annual mixed arts festival.  They will be offering an Artistic Planning Support Intern starting in September 2013.

Corn Exchange, Newbury

Newbury’s  Corn Exchange has a 380 seat main house auditorium and digital cinema as well as a 120-seat studio space, with gallery and artist studios at New Greenham Arts. The Corn Exchange will be creating two internships: a Marketing Intern from mid-July 2013 and a Technical Intern starting in mid-January 2014.

Cornerstone, Didcot
Cornerstone is a new, purpose built multi-arts venue in Didcot, Oxfordshire. The venue promotes a wide range of arts, culture and entertainment opportunities for the diverse community in the district, including a programme of professional touring theatre. From September 2013 Cornerstone has an opportunity for an Arts Administration Intern who will gain experience throughout the organisation including press and PR, community engagement and audience development.

Creative Arts East Live!

Creative Arts East Live! is a rural and community touring scheme for Norfolk and Suffolk, working in partnership with volunteers to bring live performance to a network of small-scale community venues in rural and underserved areas. From September 2013 the organisation will be offering a six month role for an Arts Development Intern.

Farnham Maltings

Farnham Maltings is a diverse arts and community centre in Surrey offering theatre, film, craft, music, festivals and children’s theatre. The Maltings produces, commissions and tours national theatre and supports creative businesses, artists and craft-makers. The Maltings is creating opportunities for three Arts Administration Interns: two in September 2013 and the third to commence in spring 2014.

Gulbenkian, Kent

Gulbenkian is an arts centre located on the campus of the University of Kent. It has a 340 seat theatre and 300 seat cinema space, presenting a programme of dance, theatre, music and comedy. The Gulbenkian will be creating an Arts Administration Intern starting in September 2013.

Hazlitt Arts Centre, Kent

The Hazlitt Arts Centre is situated in Maidstone and consists of The Hazlitt Theatre, The Exchange Studio, the 4th Wall studio and the Graham Clarke Gallery. It is currently run by the local authority but is in the process of being considered for independent management. The venue will be creating an opportunity for an Arts Administration Intern starting in September 2013.

Marlborough Theatre, Brighton

The Marlborough Theatre is an intimate 60-seat proscenium. The venue has created an internship offering specific experience in press and marketing, administration and front of house support, starting July 2013.

Sheringham Little Theatre
Sheringham Little Theatre runs a programme of theatre, music, cinema, comedy and participatory workshops, with an emphasis on families. Its 180-seat Little Theatre is one of the country’s last remaining traditional rep venues. The venue has opportunities for three interns: a Technical Intern, a Publicity Intern and an Arts Administration Intern with two posts starting in September 2013, and one in March 2014.

South Street Arts Centre, Reading
South Street is located in the centre of Reading and presents a programme of professional performance, encompassing small-scale theatre, music, comedy and live literature. The venue has an opportunity for a Marketing Intern starting in September 2013.