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Karen & Maria very muddy whilst working on 'Tomorrow, Today'

Bye bye Maria D

Our latest intern Maria has recently finished her post with us and wrote this little report. Whilst we don't offer formal internships, If you think you might be able to bring something to Somewhere as an intern do get in touch with us.

I’ve spent a very exciting few months working for Somewhere and now sadly it’s time to say goodbye. My tasks involved anything and everything from finding the copyright to a Winnie-the-Pooh sticker to digitising tapes to making cob buildings.

I’ve approached Karen when I started looking for an academically assessed internship in the creative industries as part of my Masters programme. Having met her at the Floating Cinema 2013 (which Somewhere curate and program) wrap-up party I remember thinking I wanted to find out more about the organisation; and I did just that. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the different experiences I took part in while working with Nina and Karen, which often provided a practical counterpart to my theoretical academic knowledge gained at lectures and seminars. Through helping out on a variety of tasks related to the now-almost-finished feature documentary The Closer We Get, I’ve learnt a great deal about the film industry: how laborious editing a film can be, especially when faced with hours of raw material if making a documentary; how bureaucratic the process is, with permissions and licenses for virtually anything; how expensive filmmaking is, partly due to the music and other rights fees.

If I had to choose my favourite memory, it would have to be the day spent in Cambridge on the NW Cambridge building site, where Somewhere were working on their Tomorrow, Today scale model. I learnt to operate a digger, found out how cob is made (part sand, part clay, part straw) and how strong a material it is, I got to get out of the city and breathe some fresh air while spending the day doing physical work, I met volunteers from various backgrounds brought together by their engagement in the project. For me, that’s what working in the arts is all about: you never know where the project might take you, what skills you will develop, and who you will meet. Finally, the idea behind the model is beautiful in its simplicity; it is the combination of past, present and future.

I wish Nina and Karen best of luck in their future endeavours and look forward to hearing about them (and watching the final cut of The Closer We Get).

Maria