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August One to One Advice Sessions with Crafts Council Talent Development team in Newcastle


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?

To book your place on our popular 1-hour advice sessions with a follow-up call, please see below for further information.

WHERE: Baltic 39 | 31-39 High Bridge | Newcastle upon Tyne | NE1 1EW
DATE: 28 August 2019
FEE: £75*

*Discounts are available. Please email for relevant booking codes: 10% off for Crafts Council Directory members OR if you have booked a session within the last 6 months you are entitled to a repeat booker cost of £45

BOOK YOUR PLACE via Eventbrite


  • You will receive a bespoke advisory hour-long session with experienced art 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 in your practice.


  • 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. 


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 via Eventbrite
  • 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.


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 is the national organisation for Craft and offers key advice to support artists, makers, and designers in their business development.


  • 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 signpost you towards the key networks you need that will transport you to the next steps of your practice.


  • 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. 


Please 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 Friday 23rd August 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.