What's it like to carry out a placement at artsdepot?

| Fri 25 Nov 2016

We caught up with our current placement student Spencer Rust to find out what he has been up to during his 8 week placement at artsdepot.

Can you briefly tell us about your placement at artsdepot and what you got up to during your time here?
As part of my course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, we undertake an 8 week professional placement in our first term of our third year. On this placement I worked as part of the Programming and Participation team at artsdepot, across both the administration and practical delivery of their performances, galleries and outreach work. In terms of admin, I led a competition for the Christmas show We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, created resources for show wrap-around activities and The Big Draw, and organised a exciting new Teachers Evening (and much, much more). In terms of practical delivery, I assisted with Creative Circle, Messy Play, Youth Theatre, Mini Performers and Half Term Craft. I also played a role in the event management of a Clive club night, The Big Draw and the Room Festival.

As a student of Central’s BA Drama, Applied Theatre and Education has your placement in a multi-arts venue changed your opinion of arts centres?
I feel my opinion of arts centres was that they offer a multitude of different art forms (which of course they do!), but through my experience at artsdepot I now understand the quality of this work from both a participatory and a programmatic stance.

What have you enjoyed most about working at artsdepot?
I have most enjoyed the variety of what I’ve been able to do at artsdepot, I’ve learnt skills not only in the delivery of Applied Theatre but also in the administration of this provision, visual arts facilitation, visual arts programming, performing arts programming, events management… The list goes on and on. You could say that I’ve had the literal experience of "having my fingers in all of the pies".

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve discovered during you’re time at artsdepot? Were there any surprises?    
I feel the most interesting thing I have learned at artsdepot is the amount of labour that goes into their courses and classes, educational and targeted work. I have been surprised by the sheer volume of this but also how much this contributes to the final delivery of the project itself as I have previously been involved more in the practical delivery of similar work.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?  
"Just throw yourself into it" / "You’ll be fine"

What would you say to someone considering applying for work experience or a placement at artsdepot?
I would first say: definitely do, it has opened up opportunities, contacts and allowed me to understand how a venue of this size works both in terms of practical outreach work as well as the admin that goes into the delivery of this work.

I would then say: make sure you know why you want a placement at artsdepot in particular. artsdepot has to be right for you in the same way that you have to be right for artsdepot.

If you could sum up your experience in a few words what would they be?
Busy, busy, busy.


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