Latest News & CV-19 Resources, Advice, Opportunities & Online Activities: August 2020

Welcome to the August 2020 edition of the Bristol Creatives' e-bulletin - the fifth CV-19 Lockdown edition! I hope you are all keeping safe and well, and that you are managing to find ways to be creative and productive during thes unusual times.  Although physical workshops, classes and courses are still not taking place, we do have a number of virtual events you can take part in so we have reinstated our What's On pages. You are also free to add listings for any physical face-to-face activities you are planning in the autumn/winter, but we recomend you have clear cancellation policies in place, just in case we have an autumn/winter spike.

We also have the latest news, advice, guidance and details of grants and funding opportunities.  As well as a load of great creative opportunities - read on to find out more!
 
Are you running online classes, courses, performances or exhibitions?
If you are running any online activities that are taking place whilst we're still under the CV-19  Pandemic Lockdown - we encourage you to list them in the What's On/Event section of the website so that we can help you promote them!  Please mark them as 'Virtual' clearly in the event title.  Get in touch if you need a hand - sally@bristolcreatives.co.uk.
 
NEW Visual Artists Association Membership Discount For Bristol Creatives
We are also delighted to have been invited to become an Associate Partner of the Visual Artists Association (VAA), a professional body for artists in the UK, in return the VAA are offering Bristol Creatices Gold Members a 10% discount off their STANDARD membership fee and 20% off their PREMIUM fee. 
 

There are many benefits of joining VAA, including free Public and Products Liability Insurance (£5m), Forum Community Access, Training Academy, Artists Marketing 101 Guide, Networking & Events, Resource Centre Access and Trade Directory Access, for more details visit https://visual-artists.org/join/  Please contact sally@bristolcreatives.co.uk to receive your Visual Artists Association discount code.

Bristol Creatives Gold Membership

Don't forget if you are one of our paid Gold Members then it's always a good time to update your Creative Directory listing(s) and to post details of your latest exhibitions, talks, workshops, courses, opportunities, jobs and news on the website, and we'll include them in the next e-bulletin that will go out on around 1 September 2020!

In the meantime don't forget to visit NewsJobs & Events for the latest opportunities and listings, and join over 9500 followers on Twitter @bristolcreative and 'like' our Facebook Page too!  

Please Note: we have also recently updated our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions.

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A big welcome to our NEW Gold Member:

Peter Bateman - I'm a freelance web designer specialising in WordPress. I design and build beautiful websites that help you tell your story and grow your business. I am passionate about providing small to medium size businesses with websites that look great on all screen sizes, are fast to load and easy to manage.

Ria Burns Knitwear - Knitwear designer-maker, specialising in sustainable, naturally dyed garments and accessories. My knitwear is made with yarn from an eco farm in Somerset and dyed with homegrown and foraged plants.

Also a big thank you to the following members who recently renewed their annual Gold Membership:

The Crafty Hen - We offer fun craft workshops for hen parties delivered by professional crafts people. Our friendly tutors will help you make many things to use and wear.  We offer sessions in making garters, nipple tassels or customising knickers. We can also offer jewellery making workshops where you can make tiaras and hairpins, cocktail rings, textile corsages and accessories. You can even make your own bunting in our fun workshops... which you can use to decorate your wedding.

Centrespace Studios is a co-operative and has been offering artists, designers and craft makers studio space at affordable rates for over 20 years in the heart of Bristol. The industrial building is owned by the co-operative members and through ongoing voluntary commitment by members has been developed to improve the working environment.  

The Centrespace Gallery is an independent not for profit exhibition space available in the heart of Bristol, which actively seeks to show unique and diverse work across all mediums of art including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, installation, performance and film. The ethos of the gallery is to show fresh and interesting work, with a preference for encouraging new artists, exhibitions range from solo shows to group shows and there is always something worthwhile to see.

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Several other members also joined up or renewed this month, but haven't listed themselves in our online Creative Directory yet so we can't highlight you here!  Visit our online Help page for information on how to add your listings to the website, or email sally@bristolcreatives.co.uk for more information.  It's easy to do and it will help with your marketing, and generate new work opportunities too!
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Not a Gold Member already? Then join now! Our Gold Membership Scheme is excellent value for money enabling you to promote your work and other activities to over 2000 people each month.  Plus it's a great way to support Bristol Creatives - we rely on Gold Membership Fees to keep the website running and up-to-date, and to send out these e-bulletins!

It costs from as little as £30 a year for which you can post your news, opportunities, announcements, studio listings, jobs and what's on events on our website, which has over 7500+ unique visitors a month.  Your listings will also automatically be included in these monthly e-bulletins, which go out to over 1800+ subscribers and we'll share them on Twitter @bristolcreative which has over 9500+ followers too. All in all a very affordable and efficient way to promote what you do!

You will also be able to set up a listing(s) in our exclsuive online Creative Directory and be showcased in our Members' Showcase Banner on our homepage and benefit from a range of discounts on things like art materials, printing and delivery.  It's great value for money and an excellent way to promote yourself and your creative practice.  For more information about the benefits and to join today visit Gold Members.
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Finally, as usual there's loads going on in Bristol this month and with lots of new opportunities, events and jobs being posted all the time - keep checking the website regularly for the very latest listings.  Please feel free to forward this e-bulletin and recommend Bristol Creatives to your friends and colleagues as we are keen to get the word out about our network so that we can help support and promote visual and applied arts in Bristol.

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