Crafts Council: One-to-one Skype advice sessions - book now!

Are you looking for a brain storm session for your creative business? Have you found yourself at a crossroads with your practice? Do you need a spark of inspiration or an action plan to take your work forward?

Why should you take part?

  • You will receive a bespoke advisory hour long session with an experienced arts and business development advisor.
  • Tailored for you and fully confidential, this session will enable you to talk about your ideas or concerns about your creative practice.
  • You will go away with a set of action points to implement into your practice.


How it works:

  • You book a one hour session with the advisor on the day and time indicated using our Eventbrite page.
  • You supply the advisor with information in advance (requirements indicated below)
  • The advisor will prepare for your session in advance by looking through details about your practice that you have provided and any particular issues you have raised in advance.
  • At the end of the session, you will be allocated a follow up, this takes place over the phone or via Skype and arranged at the time of your advice session. 

Did you know?

Although we encourage you to meet face to face with our Talent Development Manager, we know that it is not always possible to travel. Therefore we also offer this session via Skype. If you would prefer Skype, proceed with the following:

  • book your ticket
  • send the Talent Development Manager your Skype details along with your CV, statement and answers to the 5 required questions
  • the Talent Development Manager will contact you via Skype at the time of your session, please make sure you are ready and logged in to your Skype account and have previously tested your Skype account.

Who is advising?

  • Talent Development manager Katia Stewart, has over 10 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.
  • Crafts Council are the national organisation for Craft and offer key advice to support artists, makers and designers in their business development.

What is on offer?

  • We will provide you with a mid-term action and short term action plan to enable you to progress with your practice.
  • We will assist you to break down those barriers that are blocking your business progression.
  • We can sign post you towards the key networks you need that will transport you to the next steps of your practice.

What should I bring?

  • A device with an accessible series/portfolio of images of your work (please do not rely on an internet connection) and/or a quality printed piece of marketing material showcasing your work (e.g. printed postcard, catalogue, brochure).
  • A sample of your work, this should be an object that you do not mind being handled and is easily transportable. Please note, if your make large scale work, perhaps consider bringing a sample of the material you use in your practice.

What should I prepare in advance?

Answer the following questions and send together with your CV, statement and up to three jpeg images of your work to k_stewart@craftscouncil.org.uk by Monday 12th November at the latest.

  • At what stage are you with your practice? For example, just starting out/early career professional/mid-career professional.
  • If you have set up a creative business, please tell us more about scale, outlets and when established.
  • What is your key concern with your business that you would like to cover in the advice session?
  • What would you hope to gain from this hour long advisory session?
  • Have you recently or are you currently accessing training or mentoring to support your creative practice? If yes please indicate

Advice surgeries are a part of a series of Business development workshops and events designed by the Crafts Council to provide makers with skills to strengthen their business development and promote their work successfully.

Crafts Council courses, events, talks and workshops strike a balance between information-led and practical training, always in a friendly, open atmosphere that encourages discussion and informal networking.

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

I - Skype sessions – One to one advice sessions with Crafts Council Talent Development team

Monday, 19 November 2018 from 10:00 to 16:30 (GMT)

To book ticket: https://cceventadvicesession19novnewcastle.eventbrite.co.uk

Why should you attend?

  • You will receive a bespoke advisory hour long session with an experienced arts and business development advisor.
  • Tailored for you and fully confidential, this session will enable you to talk about your ideas or concerns about your creative practice.
  • You will go away with a set of action points to implement into your practice.

What is on offer?

  • We will provide you with a mid-term action and short term action plan to enable you to progress with your practice.
  • We will assist you to break down those barriers that are blocking your business progression.
     
  • We can sign post you towards the key networks you need that will transport you to the next steps of your practice

II - Skype sessions – One to one advice sessions with Crafts Council Talent Development team

Thursday 13th Dec 2018 from 10:00 to 16:30

To book ticket: https://cceventadvicesession13decnewcastle.eventbrite.co.uk

Why should you attend?

You will receive a bespoke advisory hour long session with an experienced arts and business development advisor.Tailored for you and fully confidential, this session will enable you to talk about your ideas or concerns about your creative practice.You will go away with a set of action points to implement into your practice.What is on offer?

We will provide you with a mid-term action and short term action plan to enable you to progress with your practice.We will assist you to break down those barriers that are blocking your business progression.We can sign post you towards the key networks you need that will transport you to the next steps of your practice. 

III - Growing your business – Employing and working with others

Thursday, 31 January 2019 from 10:00 to 17:00

This day will introduce you to the various options available to you in growing a team, whether you are looking for support for a one off project; setting up a maker space or building capacity in your business.

To book ticket: https://cceventlegal31janlondon.eventbrite.co.uk

We have a legal advisor who will talk you through the various elements you need to consider when working with and employing others.

Introduce you to Intellectual Property rights as a designer when introducing new members of your team

Outline the options to you: staff; short term contracts; apprenticeships; volunteers; interns; work placement

Risks and benefits you need to consider when recruiting

Introduction to employment and company law The afternoon will be a packed session of case studies introducing you to the benefits of working with others and how you could consider taking your first steps to growing your business to plus one!

 

 

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