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Make the most of your Christmas market

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Are you looking to showcase at a fair or host your own open studio or exhibition but struggle on how to plan or juggle all the elements?

Are you looking for an insight into project management?

Make the most of your Christmas market: Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, Hassocks BN6 8SP  

What is on offer?

  • Crafts Council will be offering a business development talk on how to make the most of a seasonal market.
  • A month by month countdown to Christmas to enable you to be fully prepared and take advantage of a good selling opportunity and for those of you knew to the industry, a great way to launch your products to the market place.
  • An established maker will be sharing her wealth of knowledge on the different outlets for seasonal markets, the preparation involved and the price range she considers for the Christmas gift market.

What will you get out of the workshop?

  • Top tips in managing your creative practice in an effective way
  • A set of action points to implement with a follow up from Crafts Council
  • Chance to meet like-minded people; discuss your practice and help overcome some challenges you may be facing right now

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.
  • Lunella Florence has more than 15 years’ experience as a maker, she owns Silverdashery and specialises in designing and making precious metal jewellery, primarily in sterling silver. With a background in arts development and project management Lunella has worked with individual and groups of artists to identify the needs of their own practice.  She has also created new opportunities for makers to promote and sell their work, developing a growing audience and appetite for bespoke and annual activities.


Proposed Agenda

1.15pm          Arrive & registration

1.45pm          Welcome and introduction to Crafts Council

2.15pm          Getting Christmas ready by Crafts Council Talent Development Manager

3.05pm          Break

3.25pm          Maker presentation - Lunella Florence

4.05pm          Reflection and Q&A

4.30pm          Networking

5.00pm          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. Please note, no lunch will be provided, there are many suitable places to purchase your own refreshments within a five minute walk of the venue


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.

Make the most of Christmas markets is part of a series of Business development workshops and events designed by the Crafts Council to provide makers with skills to promote their work successfully

**£5 Discount available to Crafts Council Directory makers or Ditchling Museum members, please email for booking code**