A group of high school students standing on a stage as part of a work experience placement.

Work Experience Programme 2017

| Wed 9 Aug 2017

We recently welcomed 12 secondary school students aged between 15 and 17 years to participate in artsdepot’s annual Work Experience Programme. Travelling to the venue from Barnet and beyond, the students spent a week gaining an insight into the workings of a busy, multi-platform arts venue. Under the guidance of our Programming and Participation Assistant and Arts Award Advisor Amanda Munro, the students undertook a variety of activities as they worked towards a Bronze Arts Award.

Throughout the week the students met with different departments at artsdepot, including Development, Finance, Marketing, Technical, Visitor Services, Hires and Events and Programming and Participation.  These sessions involved learning about the responsibilities of each department and taking part in tailored activities. The students also helped with practical tasks throughout the week, attended a rehearsal of HighRise Theatre’s Merryville, designed the TogetherFest trail, gave presentations on the inspiration behind wanting to do work experience in the arts sector and received career advice.

At the end of each day, the group filled in forms which asked "What did you enjoy most today?" Here are some of their answers:

 “Learning about the variety of events put on at arts depot and planning my own event.” Sarah

“I enjoyed programming because I found it interesting how many different aspects need to be considered before booking a show in the theatre.” Imogen

“Setting up our marketing campaign and presenting it to the group.” Vivek

“Learning about how the arts are funded and what the money that is made is used for.” Zoe

“When we learnt about what Visitor Services do and how they […] create a good atmosphere for people coming to artsdepot.” Rosie

“I enjoyed learning about aesthetics and mixing light colours to achieve a certain atmosphere.” Leo

“I really enjoyed watching the performance of Merryville as it was funny and political. It made me think about modern politics and how it is affecting us.” Elissa

As for the team at artsdepot, we very much enjoyed having the students here and wish them all the best of luck in the future!

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