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One to one advice sessions with Crafts Council Talent Development team in Newcastle

CC Injection Simmons and Simmons Sep 2015

Do you need a spark of inspiration or an action plan to take your work forward?

Are you looking for a brain storm session for your creative business? Have you found yourself at a crossroads with your practice? 

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.

How it works:
You book a one hour session with the advisor between 10 & 4pm on the day 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.

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.

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 help sign post you to 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 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 Tuesday 2nd January at the latest.

1. At what stage are you with your practice? For example, just starting out/early career professional/mid-career professional
2. If you have set up a creative business, please tell us more about scale, outlets and when established.
3. What is your key concern with your business that you would like to cover in the advice session?
4. What would you hope to gain from this hour long advisory session?
5. 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.

**£5 Discount available to Crafts Council Directory makers, please email for more info
** (£35 for participants who have attended an advice session with Crafts Council within one year of this session date, please email for booking code)