Applications Sought For The Visual Arts, Live Events & Creative Learning Internship

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The Galloway Glens Scheme has been supporting a range of businesses and organisations to provide paid, full-time 6-month internships, giving young people the opportunity to take their first career steps right here in Galloway.

These roles have resulted in a phenomenally high rate of onward employment opportunities for successful candidates, supporting efforts to keep young people in the area.

The latest intern position is now being advertised, working with the Glenkens Community and Arts Trust (GCAT). Focussing on the Visual Arts, Live Events and Creative Learning, this position is an ideal work experience opportunity for those planning a career in the creative arts. The successful candidate will research, programme and promote a new Arts Strand aimed at young adults in Dumfries & Galloway.

The role is open to people aged 18-25, based in Dumfries & Galloway, or looking to move here. For full role information, and how to apply, see here: Applications sought by 12th August.

Helen Keron, Executive Manager of GCAT, said:

“One of GCAT’s key projects is CatStrand Young Creatives, which seeks to nurture young people’s creativity at all stages. We are particularly keen to provide concrete help to young people looking to enter the creative sector professionally, and so we were delighted to gain Galloway Glens support for this paid internship. Along with our core Holywood Trust funding, this has allowed us to create a fantastic opportunity for a young person to join our team and contribute in a really significant way. We are looking forward to welcoming the successful candidate into our vibrant CatStrand Arts Centre in New Galloway and seeing what they can add to our Arts Programme!”

The role is being funded by the Galloway Glens Scheme and the Holywood Trust. Jan Hogarth, Galloway Glens Education & Community Engagement Officer, said:

“This is an unmissable opportunity for a young creative, recent art school or performing arts graduate to work in an innovative rural arts centre delivering an experimental and high quality programme. There is a fabulous nurturing team at CatStrand who will share their extensive creative and events management skills with the young person, helping create a route to a successful future career in the arts. If you love the landscape, contemporary practice, want to contribute to an already exciting programme and like working with kind nurturing people then this is the job for you.”

The Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme is a suite of projects happening across the catchments of the rivers Ken and Dee from 2018 to 2023. £2.7million of core funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund will be matched by a variety of partners to bring over £5million of investment into the area over the 5 years. The area stretches from the uplands behind Carsphairn in the north, through the Glenkens, past Loch Ken, through Castle Douglas and out to the sea at Kirkcudbright. 35 headline projects plus more Small Grants projects all aim to connect people with their cultural, natural and built heritage, and to support sustainable modern rural communities. For more information about the scheme, visit

Glenkens Community and Arts Trust (GCAT) was set up in 2001 to advance wellbeing and sustainability through arts, culture and community engagement through fostering connections and encouraging innovation and creative opportunity for all.  CatStrand, the HQ of GCAT, is the cultural hub of the Glenkens and the surrounding area. It is a vibrant arts centre for the presentation of high quality, accessible arts and creative learning opportunities. For more information see