Creative Access alum Kripa Gurung works at the Victoria & Albert Museum as corporate partnerships manager.
Where do you currently work and how did you get this role?
I am the corporate partnerships manager at the V&A. I started my career as a Creative Access intern at the National Theatre as corporate development assistant and over the years I progressed through the corporate development team, before moving to the V&A in 2018.
Tell us about your career journey so far.
After graduating from Queen Mary, University of London, I worked in diplomatic relations for the Nepalese Embassy. I then moved to the arts and became the corporate development assistant at the National Theatre, where I account managed the gold corporate memberships, including sales, marketing, customer service, pricing and benefits, and administered the big corporate member events. I stayed at the National Theatre for two years before becoming corporate partnerships manager at the V&A.
How did Creative Access help you reach where you are today?
The Creative Access team has always been supportive in providing training and valuable insights to help further support my career in the arts. The masterclasses were a really helpful way of meeting people at similar stages in their careers as me, and their leadership training helped me feel confident applying for my role at the V&A.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in your industry?
Be curious. Don’t hold back from asking your questions, sending that email or making that call.
What do you love about your role?
I get to work alongside and collaborate with so many brilliant individuals. It’s incredibly inspiring to work at a cultural institution as iconic as the V&A.