After eight months of intensive training and hands-on learning as an Arts Fundraising Fellow, I’m excited be taking the next step in my career journey as Development Executive, Individual Giving at The Lowry.
With a strong commitment to the sector, securing a permanent role in generating income for the arts following the Fellowship programme was always a driver for me. I strongly believe in the power of arts and culture to bring about personal and societal change. It was this that motivated me to apply for the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy programme and it was also the driving force behind my application to The Lowry, an arts venue which makes a significant economic and cultural impact on the UK.
Belief in the cause, however, has only got me so far. From developing new fundraising strategies, managing events and stewarding major donors, to learning from inspiring arts leaders and being challenged at National Arts Fundraising School, the Fellowship has provided me with specialist skills, experience and knowledge that have helped to define my future career. I have been able to identify the areas of fundraising that I love, which begins and ends with people – meeting, chatting to and learning about different people who are inspired by the work that they are supporting.
It has also prepared me in ways I could not have anticipated through increasing my self-awareness, building my personal and professional presence, and above all, developing my confidence in myself as a professional fundraiser. It is really exciting to be part of the Development team at The Lowry running the Patron and Friends schemes, alongside other individual giving appeals including the ‘Adopt a Lowry’ campaign and the Christmas Appeal later on this year.
There’s a real buzz about the office and it’s great to be a part of a team who really enjoy and believe in the work that they do. I have lots to learn but I’m excited to get stuck in! I came to see Opera North’s Girl of the Golden West earlier this year which was fantastic – I’m a big fan of Opera North productions and I’m really excited to be working in one of their touring venues. I’m looking forward to meeting and getting to know lots of new people who are inspired by the work they are supporting. I have always loved the arts and so it’s great to be working in a venue that offers such a broad programme. I am extremely grateful to the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Consortium, to Tate and to DaDaFest for supporting me on my journey, and I look forward to continuing to secure essential income for the arts in my new role at The Lowry.