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10th November 2006 at 00:00
Hundreds of young people interested in jobs in the arts are expected to turn out for a weekend of creative career days at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow.

The free drop-in event, running tomorrow and on Sunday from 11am to 3pm, will feature talks and workshops by professional artists, educationists and careers specialists, plus stalls with information on arts education courses and careers.

Over the weekend, talks will be given by people working in fashion, interior designers, illustrators, graphic designers, photographers, sculptors and environmental artists, says Alicia Watson, a member of the GoMA education and access team. There will also be talks from curators, conservators, learning assistants and others working in galleries and museums.

Visitors will get the chance to find out what it is really like to work in the arts, what qualifications you need, how difficult - or easy - it is to find a job.

In addition, Leslie Black, a careers adviser at the Glasgow School of Art, will talk about what art schools are looking for in students and how to put a portfolio together. And representatives from Careers Scotland will be on hand to give advice about writing a CV.

Creative career days look set to become an annual event at GoMA. The first, which attracted almost 300 people, was held last year at the suggestion of the gallery's youth panel, a team of 15 to 20 year-olds who help GoMA raise its youth appeal.

The event is also open to parents and teachers, and other people interested in a career in the arts.

More information, tel: 0141 229 1996

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