Panic! Trainees

Panic! TraineesAs part of Panic! 2018, we welcomed two new trainees, Jade Onojeruo and Kulthum Abdul-Aziz, to the team.

Throughout the 6-week paid traineeship they shadowed the projects and wider Create London team, and worked closely with our Panic! producers Alice White and Caitlin Garner-Bacon. 

Jade Onojeruo

My name is Jade Onojeruo. I am London born and bred, with a fine art degree from Lancaster University. During my degree, I explored the power of light and colour theories as a medium to create transcendental experiences that provoke a deeper understanding of the human condition. I was always interested in making artworks that examines the everyday but at the same time, were immersive and had a sense of participant/community engagement. I am really excited to work with Create London as they continually redefine what art can be.

I am looking forward to learning about the skills that are required to produce, manage and curate arts projects. Another reason I was drawn to this traineeship was because of Create London’s mission of questioning what art can be and how it might benefit the lives of people living in cities.

I am truly looking forward to helping the team on some incredible projects that take art outside of the confined space of a gallery, and instead, focus on working with communities.

I think my biggest challenge will be making sure I get the absolute most from this internship, the team at Create London are all amazing and smart, I just want to be able to soak up everything they have to offer. After the traineeship I would like to continue working on arts projects, however, whilst starting the traineeship I’ve also become interested in capital projects.

Kulthum Abdul-Aziz

My name is Kulthum Abdul-Aziz. In 2016 I graduated from University of East London (UEL) where I studied Psychosocial Studies. While studying and after graduating I worked as a care support worker and volunteered as a receptionist at the Refugee Council.

I was unaware of the possibilities of working in the cultural and creative industries without having a degree in a related subject. However, being part of the Create Jobs work experience allowed me to develop a prospect of working in community art, engagement and creative learning. I then continued to gain experience in arts learning and understanding more about the industry by assisting the Engagement Coordinator at Create London’s initiated project, Rabbits Road Institute. I assisted with community events, admin and social media campaigns. My enjoyment of this role spurred me on to apply for the Panic! Traineeship.

What I hope to learn from the traineeship is more about the cultural and creative industries. To develop my current skill set but learn new skills too, which will help me grow within the industry. I would also like to understand more about the barriers about getting into the industry and what could/is being done to allow art and culture to be more accessible, not only with participants and the general engagement of art and culture, but also access to work opportunities and those who are creating culture.