Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Low cost training for artists and makers.

Walford Mill Crafts and Arts Matrix are inviting expressions of interest>from artists and makers for a series of Continuing Professional Development programmes scheduled for September/October 2007. This programme will need to secure a minimum of 20 artists/makers to go ahead and we would ask that if you are interested in participating that you send your details to Jenny Gordon, Education Officer, Walford Mill Crafts, Stone Lane, Wimborne, BH21 1NL or email education@walfordmillcrafts.co.uk asap. We are offering two seminar and work based learning programmes:
Makers to Tutors and Makers-Gallery Success
Makers to Tutors This programme offers artists and craftspeople training and work based learning on how to make the transition from artist/maker to workshop tutor. This programme has arisen out of the need to expand the pool of artists able to offer workshops to adults and children in Dorset. Teaching workshops can>be a valuable source of extra income for artists as well as being a very rewarding experience. This low cost training is designed to provide you with all the skills you need to get started as well as providing mentored workshop shadowing and practical experience. The programme has three parts:Part 1 Proposed date Friday 28th September 2007>9.15am - 4.30pm Packaging workshops for Art and Craft Centres* How to Structure and Teach Workshops* Child Protection Training, working with vulnerable adults, Health and Safety* Tips from experienced workshop leaders* A practical toolkit to take away
Part 2 Workshop Shadowing - Maximum 9 hours training We will offer students the opportunity to shadow an experienced workshop tutor who will mentor them. Students will be able to choose from the following packages. Children's Workshops:Students will shadow 2 X 2 hour children's workshops = 4 hours mentoring Adult Workshops: Students will shadow 1 X 5 hour adult workshop = 5 hours mentoring
Part 3 Work Based Learning Students will be offered the chance to submit a proposal of either a 2 X>hour children's workshop or a half day 3 X hour adult or teenage workshop. Successful candidates will have their workshops programmed at Walford Mill Crafts. The workshop will be assessed by the Education Officer for quality,>content and delivery. On successful evaluation students may become regular tutors for Walford Mill Crafts. Students are encouraged to take part in all parts of the programme; the approximate cost of taking part in all aspects of the programme will be around £100. Workshop leaders with some experience wishing to attend only>Part 1 may do so, fee tbc

Makers - Gallery Success This programme offers makers and craftspeople the opportunity to improve their approach to galleries and their success rate in gaining works through exhibiting or selling their craftwork. This programme has arisen form the need for makers and craftspeople to be aware of simple marketing techniques>that can improve their chances of getting their foot in the door. Making that initial approach to galleries and craft centres can be a daunting process. This package will give you the practical skills needed to help you make a well researched and professional approach, awareness of how your work will fit into that gallery, what elements of your work are saleable /commercial, pricing your work, as well as practical tips on being a self-employed maker.
Part 1 Seminar - Proposed date 24th October 2007 9.15am - 4.30pm - 6 Hours Making the approach to Art and Craft Centres* Introduction to Marketing* Tips from successful makers* Research, Pricing and Saleability* A practical Toolkit to take away
Part 2 Critique Sessions Proposed dates 25th&26th October 20 places. Each artistwill receive a 30 minute session with a panel of three highly respected craft professionals. The panel will look with you at your portfolio and advise on the direction of your work and possibilities for commercial sales and exhibitions.

Continuing Professional Development sessions are also available to book. These sessions will be led by Keturah Warren at Arts matrix on an individual appointment only basis. Students are encouraged to take part in both parts of this programme; the approximate cost will be around £60.
Keturah Warren, Professional Development Coordinator, ArtsMatrix Dorset, Enterprise Pavilion, Fern Barrow, Wallisdown, Dorset BH12 5HH tel: 01202 853642 Please note that there is now a £10 booking fee for our one-to-one>professional development sessions. Thanks to generous support from South West Regional Development Agency and Arts Council England South West, we are still able to offer this popular service (worth £300-plus in the private sector) at a significantly subsidised rate. The booking fee is a once-off charge and there will be no fee for follow-up sessions. ArtsMatrix is the professional skills development agency for the arts and creative industries in the South West. Visit www.artsmatrix.org.uk><http://www.artsmatrix.org.uk/> for news, resources and opportunities and to sign up for our free bulletin.

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