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webinart 20/21

Are you an early-career creative in need of expert guidance and support from experienced arts professionals? Or are you a more experienced mid-career visual artist or maker, looking for peer support with fellow seasoned creatives to share knowledge and ideas?


WebinArt is Creative Leicestershire’s one-year professional development programme. Previously, the programme has provided support predominantly aimed at creatives start-ups. This year, we are excited to announce three parallel membership types, designed to support creatives with varying experience:


  • Evolve membership - For creative practitioners of any experience level | Applications CLOSED

  • Emerge membership - For early career creative entrepreneurs | Applications CLOSED

  • Establish membership - For mid-career / experienced artists and makers | Applications CLOSED

what DO we do?


We collaborate with knowledgeable arts industry experts and creative organisations across Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Rutland, to deliver bespoke business mentoring, live online interviews, and engaging live webinars packed with valuable industry know-how. We also facilitate social connection opportunities to help you meet and chat to like-minded members.


To keep our community safe, all activity will be online until social-distancing restrictions have been lifted. 


The core WebinArt team - Read more about us here.

Sounds Great! What's Included?

> core benefits for evolve member (any career level)


Each membership type will run side by side between June 2020 - May 2021. Our Evolve members benefit from our core activities shown above. Evolve membership is open to all creative disciplines of any level, throughout the UK. 

> Mentoring for EMERGE members (early-career)


In addition to the core benefits, our early-career members (~ less than 3 years in business) will also have the opportunity to undertake three one-to-one tailored business mentoring sessions with one of our expert mentors. The early-career programme is open to all creative disciplines and will be of most benefit those based in the East-Midlands.

> Peer-mentoring for establish members (mid-career/established)


Led by artist and mentor Ruth Singer, the mid-career initiative is best suited to visual artists and makers with more than 3 years in business, and will be of most benefit those based in the East-Midlands.

In addition to the core benefits, Establish Membership gives you access to:

  • An online forum where members share and learn from each other, facilitated by Ruth Singer with monthly focus challenges and topics

  • 2 special events a year delving deep into topics that are important to our members

  • Monthly Zoom networking sessions

  • Quarterly peer mentoring sessions with a small group of like-minded artists/makers where you can talk about the issue you want to delve into for your own business

  • Optional add-ons (pay as you go) 1 : 1 mentoring with specialists 

Our Core Benefits

> Valuable Online Learning 


  • Take part in 12 live webinars over the year, hosted by our professional partners: 

How to: Run a great online creative workshop

How to: Create stand-out digital comms and PR

How to: Earn a living as a creative

How to: Nail your Instagram marketing

How to: Work collaboratively; building relationships with artists, volunteers and organisations

How to: Understand which customers + services make you money

How to: Bring Together a creative community

How to: Write creative copy to tell your story and engage people

How to: Run a community arts programme

How to: Create an event to remember

How to: Deliver creative programmes with young people

How to: Work with Heritage

(please note, some topics and titles may change)


  • Watch 6 live online interviews with creative professionals from each of our partner organisations:

Junction Arts
Modern Painters New Decorators
Haarlem Artspace
Advantage Creative
The Mighty Creatives
Show More

All of our valuable content is recorded and shared via our portal, so you can conveniently catch-up and re-watch interviews and webinars from anywhere, at any time. 


> Be a part of our supportive community


  • Over the year, take part in monthly friendly and welcoming networking opportunities to meet and connect with like-minded members, mentors and arts professionals across Leicestershire, Rutland and Derbyshire. 

  • You will also be invited to join our private Facebook community of members, mentors and experts to share information, ask questions and support others.

> Directory listing

Emerge and Establish members and collaborators are invited to be featured in the WebinArt Directory. We also promote our members by sharing selected posts on Instagram and Facebook. (Please note that Evolve members are not listed in our directory).

Important information


  • Evolve membership places are available from 1st September 2020. Please note - Members accepted part-way through the programme will have access to the remaining live events in the schedule - I.e. Some event will have already taken place. However, all members have access to recordings of prior webinars and interviews via our Portal. 

  • The programme runs between Monday 1st June 2020 + Friday 28th May 2021.

How much does it cost?


The programme costs £8 per month for Emerge and Establish members. The Evolve membership (core benefits only) costs £4 per month. 

Members can cancel at any time. 


WebinArt 2020/21 is generously subsidised by our funding partners - 

Leicestershire County Council, Arts Council England, Derbyshire County Council, Hinckley + Bosworth Borough Council, North West Leicestershire District Council, Blaby District Council + Rutland County Council. 

Applications are now closed

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what people say




"I’m glad to have been part of such an inspiring programme. The content has been really interesting and relevant, and my mentor is amazing. It’s nice to meet and just talk to someone who understands the pressures of being a creative."




"To have a confidential space with an experienced mentor where I can talk about my practice as well as my work life, and how that fits together, was really great and a rare experience since graduating."




"The flexible time to make contact, guide, challenge and support participants at the pace and depth that suits their needs is great, however formally that fits with them."




"I feel delighted to be involved - It’s such a needed programme! Programmes like this can help bridge that gap to ensure they know what the broader creative industry looks like - or at least to make visible what is existing around them."




"I’ve had a ball! I enjoyed delivering my webinar and would love the chance to do another one. The mentoring was interesting and personally speaking, very satisfying for me. It was good to be able to encourage people to see them move on."




"The programme has been very enjoyable and encouraging as I've had the chance to listen to and meet professionals who’ve made a success of themselves. My mentor has also enabled me to clearly refine my goals as well as helping me develop a plan of action to reach them."




"It really is a wonderful project. The short and snappy style of the interview was perfect for social media and it was received very well by followers, friends, fellow artists, commissioners and other professionals."




"I can’t believe my facebook video had over 700 views over the course of a week or two! Love the edited version too, this would be too cost prohibitive for an artist to commission for their website, so getting this as part of the programme is wonderful."

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