What’s it like to work for SPID Theatre?

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I started working for SPID in January as a part time Arts Administrator for the Reimagining Goldfinger project. I’m passionate about theatre, contributing to the community, and spreadsheets, so I thought SPID would be perfect place to work. I found the vacancy on artsjobs, which is a great site to look for vacancies if you want to work in the arts.

My main tasks include managing the budget, approving invoices, sending emails, answering the phone, printing documents, taking the minutes in meetings and typing them up, shortlisting candidates for jobs, posting jobs and opportunities on the website, and buying materials for the project.

The budget is the most important task, as we rely on various funding, such as from the Arts Council, I have to make sure that we keep track of everything we are spending, and keep the receipts for our records.

Additionally I get to do some of the social media side of things, which is something I really enjoy, such as updating the Twitter and Instagram, and writing for this blog. I also proofread flyers and other materials before they are sent to print. Which makes me feel like I am actually using my English degree for something.

Occasionally I do a bit of outreach cover, which involves going to schools and libraries, taking flyers and posters, and putting flyers through local resident’s doors. I like being out in the local area during the day and it gives me a chance to take some pictures too.

When we did the exhibition at the V&A at the end of our second block of workshops, I did a lot of organising, ordering the photos to be printed, sending press releases off, emailing out MailChimp invites, and packing up the frames and other objects for the exhibition, and even going in a taxi to drop them off at the V&A the day before.

I then volunteered on the day of the exhibition and it was great to see the final result of the hard work everyone had put in, especially the 13 – 25 year olds who had worked on it in the Saturday workshops.

Working for SPID feels like such a worthwhile way to spend my time, I like that everyday is different, and that my role is a mixture of accuracy and creativity. It suits my personality as I’m the sort of person who enjoys crosswords and chess, as well as painting and writing. Now back to that budget…

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