Young Creatives All Access

Mon 23 to Fri 27 November 2020

  • Are you a young creative/artist based in the West Midlands* aged between 18-30 years?
  • Are you looking to access free workshops to network and up-skill?

Look no further because between Monday 23rd November and Friday 27th November 2020, we’re partnering with regional industry professionals to deliver a series of workshops for you!

We asked some of you online what types of workshops would be most useful to you, and Producer Paige Jackson has put together a fantastic lineup of speakers to tackle loads of the topics that you asked for.

Here’s what’s on offer:

Mon 23 Nov 10am

Managing Your Own Projects

Tips and suggestions to help you connect and work with organisations, manage your work load and undertake your own PR.

The session will look at artist residencies, participatory art sessions and projects, creating work for and/or with organisations; museums, community groups etc, working with other artists, and commissions.

Led by Midlands-based artist Jamila Walker (she/her).

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Mon 23 Nov 12.30pm
Where’s The Money At?

Explore why everyone working in arts and culture can and should be a fundraiser – with practical tips on how to find the right funding streams and which skills you already possess can be put to use securing that grant or donation.

Led by Zoe Hawken (she/her) from Young Arts Fundraisers, the professional network for early-career fundraisers in the cultural sector.

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Tue 24 Nov, 7pm
Networking 101: A passion, a career or a job?

Ask experienced theatre-makers about the realities of their experiences. Find out those things that no one else will tell you.

Led by actor, playwright, manager, performer and artistic associate Tyrone Huggins (he/him) and freelance theatre director, dramaturg and creative collaborator Yael Shavit (she/her).

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Wed 25 Nov, 9am
Marketing & Communications – It’s All About The Audience

Ruark Jon-Stevens, (he/him) Marketing & Communications Manager at Culture Coventry and Maria Howes, (she/her) Interim Head of Marketing at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, share their experiences of engaging audiences and why ‘marketing’ is more than you might think.

Expect an introduction to PR and communications, marketing and digital, audience development and video content management with real working examples – celebrating the good, the bad and the mediocre.

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Wed 25 Nov, 12.30pm
Where’s The Money At & HELP

A workshop for artists who are new/newish to fundraising, especially those seeking funding to support participatory creative projects in their own communities.

Led by Hazel Sealeaf, (they/them) Open Theatre.

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Wed 25 Nov, 5pm
Writing with Sipho Eric Ndlovu: Let’s Talk Imposter Syndrome

This workshop will address the circumstances that have us questioning whether we’re good enough but also explore tactics to reminds ourselves why we are deserving of the good we get. The session will include talking, writing poetry and sharing techniques.

Led by performer & writer Sipho Eric Ndlovu (he/him).

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Wed 25 Nov, 7pm
Understanding the West Midlands Cultural Landscape

A quick snapshot of the West Midlands Cultural sector and the breadth and range of organisations and practice. Erica Love will share her journey, the things she has learnt, and the power of collaborations and networks.

Led by Erica Love, (she/her) Culture Central Director.

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Thu 26 Nov, 7pm
The Creative Nomad

Identifying your skillset, finding opportunities & balancing workload. The session will cover; getting started in self-employment, using admin tools to make your life easier and setting boundaries with employers & collaborators.

Led by Tara Johnston-Comerford, (she/her), Royal Shakespeare Company.

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Fri 27 Nov, 1pm
What Is My Story?

Identify some of the stories we believe about ourselves that may be holding us back – and deconstruct them.

Then using some simple story-based exercises we will start to create a simple, powerful story of who we are and what we want our work/purpose to be. We will focus on communications skills, voice, rhythm and cadence, body language and also story structure in developing and delivering our newly created narratives. Each participant will go away with a clearer idea of their story and the ability to share it in a clear and engaging way.

Led by Katrice Horsley (she/her) – Narrative4Change.

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Fri 27 Nov, 6pm 
(please note that this was previously advertised in some places as 7pm)
Networking 101

Ever cringed or felt confused when it comes to networking?  Unsure how to talk to new contacts or more experienced colleagues in the culture sector? Ever wondered which opportunities to take on, or how pitch an idea to an organisation you’d love to collaborate with?

Sign up, sit back and settle in – we’ll unravel all this and more in a 90-minute workshop with essential tips, practical skills and a Q&A. Plus, we’ll look at careers and the different shapes they take.

Led by Richard Hayhow (he/him) from Open Theatre Company and Hannah Griffiths (she/her) from Birmingham Opera Company .

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Booking Information

All workshops are free of charge for anyone aged 18-30 who is based in the West Midlands*. Please book your place on your chosen sessions by clicking on the name of the session above to go to Eventbrite.

Please note that there are 20 places available at each session, so please book quickly to avoid disappointment. If you book a place and then find you can no longer use it, please do let us know so that we can offer it to someone else.

All sessions will be held on Zoom, and you will receive a message from Eventbrite in advance of your booked session, with details about how to access the session. Please check your junk/spam email folder if you have not received this 30 minutes before the session, and if you are still having difficulties please email and we will do our best to help.

Access Information

Should you have any needs or requirements we should be aware of, please flag this up when you are registering your place on Eventbrite, we will do our absolute best to accommodate any necessary requirements. We do ask if you could let us know at least 2 days before the scheduled workshop you have chosen to attend. Alternatively please contact us via Should you have any difficulties registering via Eventbrite please do not hesitate to contact us via the email above. 


*Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley,Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford, Wrekin, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Staffordshire