In July last year, Arts Project Australia successfully launched its Traineeship Program, aimed at offering existing studio artists the opportunity to extend their involvement in the organisation with paid work. Arts Project is delighted to continue the program by offering it in 2020.
We are now seven months into the program and are thrilled to report that both iterations have been a huge success. Jordan Dymke and Michael Camakaris have excelled in their roles, so much so, that both men have been invited to extend their time for another six months.
Upon hearing of this exciting initiative, John Albrecht, Managing Director of Leonard Joel Auction House, generously offered a traineeship opportunity at the organisation. Albrecht says:
“We are passionate in our support of Arts Project Australia, all that they achieve and strive to achieve, and in addition to financial support, I wanted to implement an initiative that would make a real difference in our centenary year. Our involvement in this Traineeship Program not only provides social, economic and wellbeing benefits to the trainee, it also benefits our staff and adds diversity to our workplace.”
Camakaris’ position at Leonard Joel involves myriad duties across several departments, while Dymke has embraced the many facets of working in a busy creative space and contributing to the smooth running of the studio. Dymke’s role has been broadened to include gallery duties this year, creating an opportunity for another artist to take up a traineeship in the Studio. We are delighted to announce that Aidan Sefo has been offered the next six month internship for 2020.
The traineeship program has involved the generous support and expertise of Interact Disability Employment Services, who have partnered with Art Project Australia, providing advice, support and guidance to the trainees. NDIS participants with intellectual disabilities are least likely to find open employment; only 24% are currently in paid work. The traineeship program responds to this need by offering on the job training to assist participants in building skills and boosting confidence, which they can carry into their developing careers.
Image: Michael Camakaris during his internship at Leonard Joel