Cumberland Arts, Culture and Heritage Discovery Day

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Anyone interested in volunteering or finding out job opportunities in the arts and culture sector is encouraged to attend an event on Friday 22 September in Whitehaven.

The free event has been organised by the Copeland Skills and Enterprise Partnership, supported by Helping Hands and Rosehill.

The Arts, Culture and Heritage Discovery event will be held at Whitehaven United Reformed Church, James Street, Whitehaven, CA28 7HZ between 10am and 3pm.

Eighteen organisations including local museums, tourist attractions, theatres and arts agencies will be on hand to offer up the opportunities available within the Cumberland area. 

Cumberland Council is a key partner in the Copeland Skills and Enterprise Partnership, Councillor Anne Quilter, Cumberland Council’s Executive Member for Vibrant and Healthy Places, said:

“This free showcase is a great opportunity to find out what opportunities are available in the arts, culture, and heritage sectors. As well finding out about volunteering, there will also be information on jobs available too.

“Come along and learn more about the organisations, the opportunities they have, and how you can get involved.”

Daniel Whitehouse, Creative Director and Interim CEO at Rosehill, said: 
“We are delighted to partner on the Arts, Culture and Heritage Discovery Day in Whitehaven. This is a timely event to raise awareness of the cultural sector across Cumberland and an opportunity for organisations across the region to share their work and what they have to offer. 

“We hope that on the back of the event, residents will have more awareness of the arts, culture and heritage sectors and see them as viable industries for volunteering, employment, or day-to-day engagement.”

What to expect at the event:

  • Connect with local organisations and learn more about what they do.
  • Find out about the range of local jobs in the sector.
  • Find out about local volunteering opportunities in the sector.
  • Increase awareness and knowledge through engagement with sector specific workshops and tasters. 
  • Find out about further opportunities including a free four-day Arts, Culture and Heritage Sector Awareness programme to support your employment pathway.

The following organisations will be showcased at the event: Theatre by the Lake, Florence Arts, The Beacon, Soundwave, Rosehill, Keswick Museum, Helping Hands, Kirkgate Arts and Heritage, Eskdale Mill, Carnegie, Senhouse Museum, Multicultural Cumbria, English Heritage, National Trust, Arts Council, Millom Heritage and Arts Centre, Cultural Trust/The Settlement and The Solway Hall.

Debbie Bowe Employer Adviser, Dept for Work and Pensions, Universal Credit Operations Directorate, Cumbria & Lancashire District, said: 
“Jobcentre plus is very pleased to be working alongside some fabulous organisations to highlight to our customers the wide and varied range of jobs and opportunities within the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector in Cumbria.  This event will hopefully inspire people to consider employment and volunteering opportunities in this sector.”

Janet Cresswell, Project Manager, Helping Hands (Cumbria Museum Consortium) added: 
“Helping Hands is a project that sees 35 different arts, heritage and cultural organisations across Cumberland working together to support people into volunteering.  

“Led by Cumbria Museum Consortium (a group of the county’s leading museums) Helping Hands has a team of staff based across the region, there to help people find the right volunteering opportunity for them.  The Discovery Day in Whitehaven will bring together many of the museums, theatres and other arts organisations based in West Cumbria.   

“Staff will be on hand to talk about the huge range of volunteering and paid opportunities currently on offer from Ravenglass to Keswick to Carlisle.  We’re looking forward to meeting anyone interested in finding out more about how they can get involved.”   

Food and refreshments will be provided.