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The Cultural Challenge - the Proposal

Cultural Challenge 2017/18:  How can arts and culture make a better world?

The finalists will have the opportunity to develop their ideas and presentation skills with expert guidance from cultural producers, and will pitch their challenge proposal to a panel of judges from the Challenge partners.

Winners will be selected by the judges based on the potential of the proposal and the applicant's presentation skills. Each winner will be offered the opportunity to undertake a paid internship with one of the partners. For 2017/18 they are the Southbank Centre, Roundhouse, Victoria and Albert Museum, Breathe Arts Health Research and the Royal Opera House

The challenge is open to all King’s students. In the past partners have worked with interns from 1st year undergraduate right through to PhD candidates. In short, experience levels aren’t important – all we are looking for is innovation, ambition and passion.

All of our partners are eager to offer internship experiences that you’ll never forget, and that will set you on a path for a career in arts and culture. From staging exhibitions at the Royal Shakespeare Company, to making short films for the Southbank Centre, to designing a ‘Disloyalty App’ for the Royal Opera House, you can find out about our previous interns’ work, and how the Cultural Challenge has impacted them, here.

This year we will be running three themed Culture Hacks which will help to provide you with inspiration for developing individual proposals that answer the above Challenge question, making you eligible for exclusive-to-King’s paid internships with our partners. We’ll shortlist 12 proposals, and invite everyone to professional development workshops before you pitch your ideas to senior directors.

If successful in receiving an internship, you can complete it in the format that suits you best so that it doesn’t affect your studies or other work. We’ll also work with you to determine start and end dates that suit both you and the host organisation.



What do I need to do to apply? - To apply you will need fill in the challenge proposal form with reference to this year's challenge. For advice check out our Top Tips document or read our example application here.

Applications will open for submission - 30 January 2018

Submission deadline - 5 March 2018 

King's Cultural Challenge Final - 28 March 2018

Where should I send my application? - 

If you’re stuck for ideas, you can check out some of the best from previous years here or read our example application here.


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