Juliana Stobel – Work Experience Bursary

Opera Holland Park is a small opera production company that stages 4 shows each summer on their temporary stage at Holland House in Kensington. I joined the company as an intern for three weeks; while they were in the midst of securing artists, stage crew and production team. It was particularly interesting for me, as a Creative Producing for Theatre MA student, to gain access and insight into contracts, interviews and negotiations. The benefits of working with a smaller company are that every department is located within the same office. Communication channels are short and it is easy to keep up with the progress of everyone around. I am able to gain a full insight into the entire workings of the company. My individual tasks included sending out contracts and music sheets, filing returned contracts, chasing up uncompleted documents and updating the database on the on-going progress. Other tasks included researching potential short operas for a specific collaboration project, as well as researching various different theatres and opera houses in Europe for a potential tour of their family opera of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland.

Opera Holland Park sets itself apart by making opera accessible to all audiences. They aim to change the perception of opera being prestigious and elite to something that is accessible and for everyone to enjoy. While working at the Opera Holland Park office, I found great interest in the Inspire programme they are running, which is an education program that aims to inspire and encourage all members of the community to experience, discover and actively participate in opera and classical music, developing their taste and knowledge and bringing the art from to as wide an audience as possible. I was very fortunate that I was able to attend one of their quarterly community concerts hosted at the St Cuthberts Church in Kensington. The event was organised by Age UK and as the host of the event explained importance of acknowledging loneliness within a community of elderly, it became clear to me that this valentine’s themed concert was more than just a display of excellent opera music.

This placement is a mandatory part of my course and my placement made me realise the benefits of completing a placement at this point in time. It enables me to make contacts in an industry I am aiming to work in shortly after I graduate and it opens doors at a perfect point in time. The University of Kent bursary scheme helps a great deal, while it is absolutely manageable to commute from Canterbury to London within an hour – it comes at a high price. The financial contribution towards my expenses enabled me to fully enjoy this placement and not worry too much about my bank account.

PhD Information event: School of Arts

If you are considering staying on to do a PhD in the School of Arts, you are encouraged to come to a PhD Information Event which will take place at

5-6pm on Wednesday 6th December 2017 in Jarman Studio 5, with Maurizio Cinquegrani, School Director of Graduate Studies

The session will cover topics such as

  • how to write a good research proposal
  • how to find a supervisor
  • how to apply for a place on the programme
  • how to apply for scholarships and funding

We hope to see you there.

Royal Society of British Artists

The Royal Society of British Artists is offering a scholarship in Rome for one month in July 2018.

This prestigious award is open to artists aged 35 years or under.

We are offering 20 semi-finalists the opportunity to exhibit some work in our ‘RBA RISING STARS’ show at the Framers Gallery in central London and the 3 finalists will also have work shown in the RBA Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, where the winner will be announced.

Further information and an application form are available to download from our website:  https://www.royalsocietyofbritishartists.org.uk/rome-scholarship/

Apply now for the V&A Theatre and Performance Volunteer Opportunity now 2017/2018

The V&A Department of Theatre and Performance contains the UK’s National Collection of Performing Arts. The collections are vast, covering all areas of live performance – from theatre, opera and ballet, to music hall and musical theatre, circus, puppetry, and rock and pop.

· Departmental activity is divided into collections work (based at Blythe House, Olympia) and exhibitions, events and publications (based at V&A South Kensington).

· Exhibitions-based work includes the development of temporary displays in the Theatre and Performance Galleries at the V&A and a broad programme of special exhibitions, both at the V&A and on tour, and running various special performance-related events.

Voluntary Work Experience Placements and Training

· The Exhibitions side of the Department offers a small number of volunteer and graduate placements for career development, training and research.

· Placements are available in the following areas: Research and interpretation, Exhibition development and Performance events and programming.

· Volunteers have access to professional development training and experience, both at the V&A and at other relevant institutions and organisations in London, such as theatres, museums and other arts institutions.

· Work is varied and rewarding, and allows volunteers to contribute to the work of one of the UK’s flagship cultural institutions.

· The next placements will start on 2 October 2017 and run for approximately six months.(Please note that different projects require different time commitments).

Applications – If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the application form overleaf and then send this to t.applications@vam.ac.uk. The deadline for applications is 17 September 2017.

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Arts Success in Employability Points Scheme

Students from the School of Arts were winners at the University’s annual Employability Points Rewards night on Tuesday 6th June.  The scheme, pioneered at the University of Kent, allows students to claim points and rewards for their extra-curricular activities and is registering a higher number of students actively logging points and applying for rewards than ever before. These rewards include paid internships, project placements, work experience, training, vouchers and much more, offered by businesses and organisations, including many exciting opportunities in the arts.

One of the winning students was first-year Drama student Aleksander Angelov, who won the prize for the Highest Scoring Student Studying a Creative Degree. Aleksander has earned a remarkable 1,695 points in his first year.

He has immersed himself in University life, attending an impressive amount of Employability Festival Events with the Careers and Employability Service, as well as in-sessional English seminars with Kent’s Centre for English and World Languages, for which he became Course Rep. He has continued to improve his employability and skills through completing the Careers and Employability Award on Moodle and the Hub’s Enterprise Skills Award Module. He is the co-founder and President of the Bulgarian Society, as well as a member of the Homeless Outreach Society and T24 Drama Society. His award was presented by Dalia Halpern-Matthews, Chief Executive of Nucleus Arts.

Second-year student Jose Miguel Santos (Drama & English and American Literature) was the Highest Scoring Student from the Faculty of Humanities and received his award from Colin Carmichael, Chief Executive of Canterbury City Council. Miguel has managed to obtain an outstanding 2,310 points whilst at the University of Kent. He has worked as a School of Arts mentor, regularly attended Careers and Employability service skills workshops, completed a range of Study Plus courses, acted as a Kent Student Certificate of Volunteering Champion, a Kent Buddy and a Student Trainer, delivering training sessions to student volunteers. His commitment to volunteering has led to being nominated the Kent Union Volunteer of the Month multiple times, as a result of undertaking various projects, including the Community Clean Up, a Canterbury Food Bank collection, a Shoebox Appeal, Age UK Christmas Tree project, to name a few. Notably, he was also involved with successfully writing a funding bid for the construction of an all-weather sports pitch for adults with learning difficulties. Miguel has successfully claimed four three-week professional placements across the summer as a result of his participation in the scheme.

To find out more about the University of Kent’s Employability Points scheme click here.