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made in leicestershire

Development of Made in Leicestershire



Ruth Singer has been running our Made in Leicestershire research and development project for a couple of years, which is now complete. She has been finding out about the working lives of artists in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and about what Made in Leicestershire might be able to do to support and develop artist-led businesses. 

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Leicestershire + Rutland is home to artists and makers who exhibit, sell and thrive in an international market, who show in the UK’s top galleries, who win significant prizes and who are taking Leicestershire’s finest art and craft talent out into the world.


Made in Leicestershire is a showcase for some of the best creative talent, as well as case studies of activity and a review of the research findings. These have been developed from the research and consultancy project carried out by Ruth Singer in 2018-19.

The final report + recommendations are available to download, along with all other research documents here.

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Peer mentoring + Networking review 2019

In Summer 2019, Creative Leicestershire applied for additional funding to support professional development activities for its Made in Leicestershire network. The offer has focussed around establishing peer mentoring groups for visual artists and makers from across the county.

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The programme started with peer mentoring training delivered by Ruth Singer, with follow up sessions for two groups consisting of emerging makers and more established makers with facilitation provided by Ruth. Artist portraits were taken by Rosie Reed Gold as part of the Peer Mentoring Development session to help them with promoting themselves and their work. Participants also took part in a session offering advice on how to photograph their work and have also been able to apply for a small professional development bursary towards training, learning or mentoring. The second part of the programme was a professional development and networking day bringing together artists with presentations from working professionals about key aspects of making a living.


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This project has been funded by the Collaborate for Growth project, part funded by European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) providing support to small and medium sized businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire that want to grow. The development of a Made in Leicestershire network has been match funded with a National Lottery Project Grant from Arts Council England.


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