THE GROWTH SERIES

The Growth series are workshops aimed at more established creative professionals, freelancers, creative businesses, and arts organisations. Each workshop builds on a topic from the previous series and takes the learning one step forward towards a sustainable and successful professional life in the creative industries.

As with all our workshops, each one can be delivered as a single 2-hour unit or combined with others to create a bespoke learning program for your participants. All workshops can be delivered in person or online.

Deal or No Deal

How do you say no? How do you negotiate your fees, and manage your professional relationships? Communication, mediation, and conflict resolution are vital parts of running any business, but many creatives have never learned the basics.

Deal or No Deal is a friendly introduction to the basics of better communication, practised in a safe environment, with practical exercises that focus on negotiation tactics, mediation, and conflict resolution.

This workshop is ideal for:

Creative freelancers, established practitioners, arts organisations.

People : Skills

Creative businesses have unique and challenging staffing needs – the requirement for talented and loyal people without the reliable turnover that can guarantee the services of an employee. We need a complicated combination of freelancers, interns, casual staff, and friends – so how should a creative business find and retain clever people? People : Skills is a practical workshop that details the value of position descriptions (including tips on how to write a compelling PD), how to interview and source references, using recruitment companies, booking freelancers, being a good boss and more.

This workshop is ideal for:

Creative freelancers, established practitioners, arts organisations.

Pitchface

Pitching is a necessary part of professional creative practice, whether it’s discussing an idea for a work, talking to funding bodies about a project, or participating in a competitive pitch process or competition. It’s fraught with legal and marketing challenges, and needs to be approached in a thoughtful and strategic way. Pitchface is a relaxed workshops that provides practical advice on how to tell your best story, how to protect your ideas, and simple tips and tricks to avoid the ‘elevator pitch’ and build lasting relationships with the people who can help bring your ideas to life.

Creative person delivers a presentation

This workshop is ideal for:

Creative freelancers, established practitioners, arts organisations.

Make Your Own Work

How often are creatives told to ‘make their own work’? And what exactly does it mean? Make Your Own Work takes a tough love approach to the job of producing a self-devised project, from the initial ideas stage through to completion. On the way we’ll examine the legal requirements, the role of a producer, challenges to watch out for, and tips to build a lasting career. It’s suitable for practitioners from every aspect of the arts, from screen to performance to visual art and more.

This workshop is ideal for:

Creative freelancers, established practitioners, arts organisations.

Being Well

Working in the creative industries is both strenuous and rewarding. How can you maintain relative balance between flourishing and falling, particularly when your output is built with emotion? Being Well explores ways that creative professionals can purposely bring wellbeing practice into their everyday lives. Led by a creative industries specialist and wellbeing guru, this interactive workshop is an appraisal of your wellness agenda, so you can remain creative for the long term.

This workshop is ideal for:

Creative freelancers, established practitioners, arts organisations.

Better Brainstorming

Creative professionals and arts organisations need to collaborate, innovate and brainstorm every day as part of their work, sometimes with limited resources and complicated professional and artistic relationships. Without any guidance, however, brainstorming sessions can descend into a snooze-fest of post-its and butcher’s paper. Better Brainstorming is a relaxed and fun interactive workshop that outlines the novel and innovative brainstorming techniques from creative leaders and skilled practitioners from around the world.

This workshop is ideal for:

Creative freelancers, established practitioners, arts organisations.

From Little Things

A great many not-for-profit organisations are volunteer run, and led, especially in the arts and creative sector – and especially in the regions. From Little Things is a real-world look at how small organisations can grow, in terms of funding, diversification of income, and staffing. It also examines the challenges faced by smaller NFPs, including team retention, and working with a board. Led by a creative industry and NFP expert, From Little Things can help a small organisation transform to make a bigger, and longer lasting impact.

This workshop is ideal for:

Not-For-Profit and volunteer run arts and creative organisations.

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