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Working in the arts
& cultural sector
Isabel Frazer
Careers Consultant
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Today

• What is the arts and cultural sector?
• What jobs, roles and organisations are
available in this sector?
• How...
3

What is “the arts and
cultural sector”?

• Varying definitions!
Photography

Crafts

Film

Music

Literature
Fashion

F...
4
Shakespeare Globe by Bordas and reproduced under Creative Commons
Southbank Centre by Nick Sherman and reproduced
under ...
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Design
Art galleries

Music

Sector

Photography

or
Marketing

Function
Creative
Research

Production
6Some more questions to explore...
• Which sector? Or cross-sector
• In the Arts or connected to the Arts?
• In-house envi...
7

Auctioneer

Exhibitions
Conservation

Curating

Teacher /
lecturer
Admin

Museum /
gallery

Education

Design

Art fest...
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Museums/

Arts agencies
& councils

galleries

Documentation
officer

Fundraiser

Curator

Education officer

Conservat...
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Work experience is crucial…

• Extremely competitive sectors – other people WILL have
internships, work experience, vol...
10It’s all about the money! Or not...
• Unfortunate reality – many internships are unpaid
• Big debate – what are you gett...
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Speculative applications
“But how can I apply for a job if it’s
not advertised?!”

1) Research organisations you want ...
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Networking

– Around three quarters of jobs in the creative
industries not advertised – found through
networking, word...
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Your contacts

– Personal: Friends, family, classmates,
lecturers/tutors, student societies
– Professional: Employers,...
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Some useful resources

www.ccskills.org.uk
www.artshub.co.uk
www.artsjobs.org.uk
www.jobs.guardian.co.uk/arts
www.idea...
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www.careerstagged.co.uk
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Our next events coming up ….

The London Graduate Fair from The Careers Group
and TARGETjobs.co.uk – 15 Oct 2013
www.l...
The Careers Group believes that all information provided in this
publication is correct at the time of publication.
19 Jun...
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- What is the arts and cultural sector?
- What jobs, roles and organisations are available in this sector?
- How to find opportunities
- Some useful resources

Find out more about job areas you are interested in now. It is frustrating to realise in your final year that you needed particular work experience to get in to a certain area – check out www.careerstagged.co.uk

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Working in the arts and cultural sector - The Careers Group, University of London

  1. 1. 1 Working in the arts & cultural sector Isabel Frazer Careers Consultant
  2. 2. 2 Today • What is the arts and cultural sector? • What jobs, roles and organisations are available in this sector? • How to find opportunities • Some useful resources
  3. 3. 3 What is “the arts and cultural sector”? • Varying definitions! Photography Crafts Film Music Literature Fashion Fine art Museums, galleries & heritage Theatre & performance Architecture & design Games & animation
  4. 4. 4 Shakespeare Globe by Bordas and reproduced under Creative Commons Southbank Centre by Nick Sherman and reproduced under Creative Commons Aardman studios by gemb1 and reproduced under Creative Commons Courtyard at the V&A museum by heatheronhertravels and reproduced under Creative Commons London Symphony Orchestra by captain.orange and reproduced under Creative Commons National Trust grille badge by photography.ambjorn.com and reproduced under Creative Commons
  5. 5. 5 Design Art galleries Music Sector Photography or Marketing Function Creative Research Production
  6. 6. 6Some more questions to explore... • Which sector? Or cross-sector • In the Arts or connected to the Arts? • In-house environment or agency? • Employed or freelance? • Large or small organisation?
  7. 7. 7 Auctioneer Exhibitions Conservation Curating Teacher / lecturer Admin Museum / gallery Education Design Art festival Locations manager Events organiser Journalist Art handler Finance Sales Auction house Art magazine / website “I want to work in the art industry...” Artist Editor Agent Admin Arts agency Funding body Communications Research
  8. 8. 8 Museums/ Arts agencies & councils galleries Documentation officer Fundraiser Curator Education officer Conservator General Manager Programmer Project manager Creative director Exhibitions officer HR, Finance, Admin, Marketing & Communications Events officer Transferable roles
  9. 9. 9 Work experience is crucial… • Extremely competitive sectors – other people WILL have internships, work experience, voluntary work etc • Formal internship schemes: – 2-6 months e.g. V&A, Penguin, BBC, EMI Music • Work experience: – Advertised on website or make speculative applications • Volunteering: – Check opportunities on do-it.org.uk – e.g. BFI, Natural History Museum, Southbank Centre • At university: – Get involved! Set up a society, theatre production, poetry night, student paper reviews – shows commitment to sector
  10. 10. 10It’s all about the money! Or not... • Unfortunate reality – many internships are unpaid • Big debate – what are you getting out of it? Is it exploitation? • Some funding available but can be scarce: • • • • • Some specific e.g. Creative Skillset, Grant-making Trusts Part-time work Bank loan Family etc Fundraisers
  11. 11. 11 Speculative applications “But how can I apply for a job if it’s not advertised?!” 1) Research organisations you want to work for as you would an advertised job 2) Give them a call or visit 3) Tailor your CV and cover letter 4) Follow up
  12. 12. 12 Networking – Around three quarters of jobs in the creative industries not advertised – found through networking, word of mouth etc – ‘Informational interview’ – not just about asking for a job! – Leads to new opportunities you might not have thought of
  13. 13. 13 Your contacts – Personal: Friends, family, classmates, lecturers/tutors, student societies – Professional: Employers, colleagues, careers events, alumni, professional bodies, events – Online: Social media, blogging, online communities
  14. 14. 14 Some useful resources www.ccskills.org.uk www.artshub.co.uk www.artsjobs.org.uk www.jobs.guardian.co.uk/arts www.ideastap.com www.museumjobs.com www.ypalondon.co.uk/resources
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  16. 16. www.careerstagged.co.uk
  17. 17. 17 Our next events coming up …. The London Graduate Fair from The Careers Group and TARGETjobs.co.uk – 15 Oct 2013 www.londongradfair.co.uk/autumn The City Course, 9-12 Sept 2013 Closing date for applications Friday 21 June 2013 www.gradsintocareers.co.uk/city To see all our events go to www.careers.lon.ac.uk/events
  18. 18. The Careers Group believes that all information provided in this publication is correct at the time of publication. 19 June 2013 © The Careers Group, University of London

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