Bristol Creatives

Bristol Creatives was originally set-up and established by a small group of East Bristol based artists and makers with pilot funding from the Arts Council England South West and support from Bristol Spaceworks (formerly BEST/Bristol East Side Traders).  As from June 2011 Bristol Creatives became a totally independent artist-led network run by volunteers funded solely by subscription fees from our Gold Membership scheme.

The network was launched in May 2006 and now has over 1800 members, most of whom are self employed visual and applied artists, designers, photographers, performers, etc. Bristol Creatives' membership also includes freelancers, small partnerships, galleries, studio groups, studio and workshop space providers, venues and individuals who are part of larger arts organisations.

Bristol Creatives no longer receives funding for the Arts Council or from Bristol City Council so we now rely on annual paid Gold Membership subscriptions in order to provide our core support services, which include:

•  This website, where members can promote themselves and their services and activities;
•  Monthly e-bulletins, which are full of the latest opportunities, jobs, news and what's on;
•  Access to new markets through our online Creative Directory;
•  Discounts from a carefully selected range of suppliers;

Sally Reay, Director

Sally Reay
, Director of Bristol Creatives, is self-employed artist/designer maker and event/project manager.  She graduated from Canterbury College of Art with a degree in graphic design and went on to work as a public relations consultant and event coordinator for a London advertising agency before moving to the West Country to relaunch her career as an artist and designer maker in 1996.  Sally also works as a freelance arts project manager, event coordinator and website editor and content manager.  She set up and established the Phoenix52 Community Arts Project in East Bristol and the Easton Arts Trail, and was a founding member of Mivart Artists.  Sally is currently the South West Development Officer for Voluntary Arts and is the part-time Community & Studio Manager at In Bristol Studios.


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