Meet Sue Parrish, Artistic Director, Sphinx Theatre Company

at a University Women in the Arts event on Saturday 4 November at 11:00am-12:00pm at the Hampstead Theatre Studio.  Tickets are free and the event is open to any female arts student or woman wanting to work in the arts.  Sue will offer advice to women wanting to work in the arts and discuss the future of a diverse cultural landscape.

The one off University Women in the Arts scheme was set up to address why more women study the arts but less women work in the arts, particularly in artistic and leadership roles. Last year’s UCAS figures showed 63% of arts students in the UK were female, but Tonic Theatre, British Theatre Consortium and Freeland Foundation figures have shown only around 30% of female playwrights, directors and artists are female.

Book your free ticket.

Entry level job: Arts or Creative industries?

Take a look at STEP – a twelve month paid internship where you will be paired with two gap_leapeast London creative organisations to gain experience in diverse areas of the industry. If successful you will undertake two six month internships.

The basics: you will need to be:

  • Resident in one of these East London boroughs: Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham and Waltham Forest.
  • 18-30 year olds
  • Ambitious to work in the arts and creative industries

Contracts start from October 2017.  Full information at
Application deadline: 31 August 2017

Tips for arts graduates

  • Exploit your strengths
  • Think about what you enjoy – channel it into your career
  • Prepare while you’re at uni – get that work experience, and network
  • Don’t restrict yourself to the arts sector – think laterally and explore technical sectors too
  • Re-think your career if it’s not working
  • Read this Guardian article

Experience counts…

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China? Gap year?

africaasiaventure_0515Africa & Asia Venture‘s project offers exposure to and experience of both ‘first’ and developing world China.  Starting with a four-week home-stay and Mandarin course in the affluent city of Hangzhou you will then move to The Thousand Island Lakes area where you will be teaching English to impoverished children.

Not just gap years, China and teaching!
AV also offer Art, Drama, Music and Dance; Community work; and Sports coaching as volunteering and summer projects in India, Nepal, Thailand, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.