Crafts Council: Career Start Up - How do I start and structure my creative business?

Our Career Start-Up training session provides information and skills development for amateurs and early career professionals looking to set up and structure a creative business for their artworks and designs.

‘I really enjoyed the session today, and left feeling inspired. Thank you for all the wise words and thanks to the Crafts Council for including some Cambridge sessions!’ Sophie Lightfoot, delegate from Career Start up workshop in Cambridge.

Book now: Just £40 (£30 Early Bird tickets available until 12 noon on Tuesday, 28th August) -

Why should you attend?

- Get direct and professional advice on the key logistics of how to structure a creative business and how to build an audience for your business

- Find out about how to turn your making into your brand and a business tool

- Hear a presentation by an experienced maker, offering their knowledge, advice and expertise on how they set up their business. 

What will you go away with?

- Awareness on the logistics that need to be considered on where to start with marketing your craft, the potential costs and how to utilise your time and investment 

- Advice on the toolkits, planning and top tips on how to manage your time, how to price your work and the potential outlets available to your products.

- Key knowledge and advice given to finding your unique selling point that will help establish your brand

Who is speaking?

Talent Development manager Caroline Jackman, has over 20 years’ experience in working in the arts and working to support the business and creative development of artists and makers from amateurs to established professionals.

Anna Gravelle will be providing an insight to her business and giving valuable advice on her experiences with setting up her businesses. Anna creates luxurious textile artworks and interior products alongside bespoke solutions for private clients and industry collaborators. Her designs are developed through exploring traditional and contemporary processes. An engagement with materials and the process of making is what drives her design practice, responding to her fascination with textural landscapes and interpreting them through drawing, photography and mark making into stitch and print. Texture is at the heart of her process with the aim of creating a beguiling and unexpected tactile experience within domestic interiors and public settings. Anna exhibits at London Craft Week, Decorex and other notable craft and design fairs. She is an alumni of the Crafts Council's Hothouse scheme for emerging makers and was nominated for the Perrier Jouet Arts Salon prize in 2015. She lives and works in Bristol.

What to bring?

You will have a chance to chat to other makers and like minded people, bring a small sample of your work; an image on a postcard or an image on a digital device to share with other delegates at this event

Proposed agenda: 

12.30pm Arrival, registration and tea/coffee
12.45pm  Welcome and Introductions
1.10 pm Caroline Jackman, Talent Development Manager, Crafts Council
2pm Break
2.20pm Anna Gravelle presenting her practice and how she started out in business
3pm Q+A
3.20pm Reflection
3.45pm End of workshop/ chat to other makers
4.15pm Finish

What refreshments are provided on the day?

Tea and coffee will be provided at the start of the session and during the afternoon break.

**£5 Discount available to Crafts Council Directory makers, please email for more info**

Career Start Up workshop is part of a series of workshops and events designed by the Crafts Council to provide makers with skills to export and promote their work successfully.

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