The First Day

I started my Internship this week at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists. This will be my first experience of commuting to Sydney for work.  I’ve been fortunate enough in my working life (22 years) to have been able to work locally.  That represents a major challenge for the future, where a job in arts management will probably not be available in Wollongong.  I can’t really imagine doing it full-time, but two or three days a week I might be able to manage.

Great Speckled Bird (2015), Claire Stjepanovic, Ryan McGoldrick, Steve Wilson-Alexander.  Photo courtesy of PACT Centre for Emerging Artists.

Great Speckled Bird (2015), Claire Stjepanovic, Ryan McGoldrick, Steve Wilson-Alexander. Photo courtesy of PACT Centre for Emerging Artists.

I was warmly welcomed on my first day, joined the team for a celebratory lunch (they just completed their three year strategic plan and funding application to Arts NSW) and stayed around in the evening for the preview performance of The Great Speckled Bird, devised, directed and performed by Ryan McGoldrick, PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong, featuring performers/musicians Claire Stjepanovic and Steve Wilson-Alexander, also graduates of UoW.  The Great Speckled Bird was developed through PACT’s 2014 Artist in Residency program.  There are lots of connections between PACT and UoW, with many graduates supported by PACT’s programs in the early years of their careers.

Thankfully, my supervisor is really organised and had plenty mapped out for me to do and a clear outline of outcomes for the duration of my Internship.  My primary responsibilities will be in supporting her role as Artistic Program Manager to produce this year’s PACT Collective performance, and to work with PACT’s Content Manager in marketing and publicity for the event.  You can read about the PACT Collective program here.

I felt confident carrying out the administrative tasks assigned for the day.  I’m looking forward to learning some new skills in the area of marketing, particularly learning about technologies for scheduling social media posts, and developing website content.  The PACT Collective artists start their three week in-house development at the end of the month, and my supervisor is allowing me time to sit in on some of their artistic development time, under the direction of PACT’s Artistic Director/CEO.