In the midst of the pandemic, it’s a hard time for us all right now. As artists and creatives in a world of uncertainty, it’s easy to feel lost and overwhelmed. It’s now more important than ever to support each other, adapt our approach, and learn effective ways to elevate and grow resilient businesses in the face of adversity.
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 OPEN
Emerge membership - For early career creative entrepreneurs | Registration of interest OPEN
Establish membership - For mid-career / experienced artists and makers | Registration of interest OPEN
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.
Sounds Great! What's Included?
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> 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.
> 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.
> 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.
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:
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
All 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.
Limited 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.
We will respond to applicants within 5 working days.
The programme runs between Monday 1st June 2020 + Friday 28th May 2021.
How much does it cost?
*** FREE ACCESS UNTIL 1ST SEPTEMBER 2020 ***
Due to the current pandemic and financial uncertainty that many are facing at this time, we are providing the first 3 months of the programme (June, July and August) for free. From September 1st 2020, the remaining 9 months of the programme will cost £8 per month for Emerge and Establish members. The Evolve membership (core benefits only) will cost £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.
Places on the programme are limited. Please ensure you meet the criteria below before submitting an application :
Applications for Evolve or Emerge membership are welcomed from those whose main work is focused on these art forms and disciplines: Visual Arts, Combined Arts, Literature, Museums practice, Music, Theatre, Dance
Establish (mid-career) membership is best suited to visual artists and makers. Please bear this in mind before applying.
Applicants must be over 18 years of age.
The programme will be of most benefit those based in the East-Midlands, however, applications are open to creatives throughout the UK.
How do i apply?