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Advance empowers creatives to realise their full potential and take their work to the next level.

Advance is a support programme for creative and cultural practitioners, freelancers, organisations and SMEs based in Wakefield and the wider Yorkshire Humber region.

Brought to you by Creative UK, Advance is delivered in partnership with Wakefield Council and funded by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Cultural Development Fund grant, which is administered by Arts Council England.

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Visual Arts Programme

What is the Visual Arts Programme?

We are seeking for visual artists of all disciplines to benefit from a brand new, exciting fully- funded programme of professional development opportunities as part of the Creative Wakefield Advance programme.

Our vision is to support and underpin the growth and development of freelance artists by providing a bespoke programme for visual artists in the Wakefield area. This programme will be tailored to cover essential aspects of being a professional artist. This will consist of interactive workshops and masterclasses which will include curation and portfolio development; budgeting and scaling up your projects; understanding IP and legal issues; and branding and marketing. Participants will receive 1:1 consultancy opportunities with experts to help you develop their work, goals and ambitions, as well as 6 hours of self-directed mentoring from an expert of their choosing.

Who is the Visual Arts Programme for?

This programme is aimed at early and emerging artists, providing access of expertise and guidance across a range of skills and topics, a professional peer group to continue learning off the page and individual consultations to offer creative development.

The Visual Arts programme is for freelancers working across the visual arts sub-sector, including ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, film making and architecture, illustrator, digital artist, combined arts, paper artist and printmaking.

Due to the venue where the programme is held places are limited and therefore priority will be given to Wakefield based applicants followed by the wider Yorkshire Humber region. Applications from individuals from beyond Wakefield will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on how many places we have available and the strength of the application.

Key Dates

The deadline to express interest in the Visual Arts Programme is midday Friday 3rd December.

The new cohort will run at the start of 2022 over a two-month period.

Key Dates

  • Tuesday 11th January – Meet & Greet
  • Tuesday 18th January – Session 1
  • Tuesday 01st February – Session 2
  • Tuesday 15th February – Session 3
  • Tuesday 01st March – Session 4

We are seeking for visual artists of all disciplines to benefit from a brand new, exciting fully- funded programme of professional development opportunities as part of the Creative Wakefield Advance programme.

Our vision is to support and underpin the growth and development of freelance artists by providing a bespoke programme for visual artists in the Wakefield area. This programme will be tailored to cover essential aspects of being a professional artist. This will consist of interactive workshops and masterclasses which will include curation and portfolio development; budgeting and scaling up your projects; understanding IP and legal issues; and branding and marketing. Participants will receive 1:1 consultancy opportunities with experts to help you develop their work, goals and ambitions, as well as 6 hours of self-directed mentoring from an expert of their choosing.

This programme is aimed at early and emerging artists, providing access of expertise and guidance across a range of skills and topics, a professional peer group to continue learning off the page and individual consultations to offer creative development.

The Visual Arts programme is for freelancers working across the visual arts sub-sector, including ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, film making and architecture, illustrator, digital artist, combined arts, paper artist and printmaking.

Due to the venue where the programme is held places are limited and therefore priority will be given to Wakefield based applicants followed by the wider Yorkshire Humber region. Applications from individuals from beyond Wakefield will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on how many places we have available and the strength of the application.

The deadline to express interest in the Visual Arts Programme is midday Friday 3rd December.

The new cohort will run at the start of 2022 over a two-month period.

Key Dates

  • Tuesday 11th January – Meet & Greet
  • Tuesday 18th January – Session 1
  • Tuesday 01st February – Session 2
  • Tuesday 15th February – Session 3
  • Tuesday 01st March – Session 4
FAQs

I work in Wakefield, but I live elsewhere – can I participate?

Yes – the programme is particularly targeting individuals operating in Wakefield and the wider Yorkshire Humber region, regardless of where you live, we understand people move about and commuting is a thing!

I live in Wakefield, but I work elsewhere – can I participate?

Yes – we welcome applications from individuals and businesses that add to the vibrant creative sector in Wakefield and surrounding areas.

Can I apply even if I am not a visual artist but live in Wakefield or Wider Yorkshire region?

No – you won’t be able to apply through this specific programme, but you can apply to our Advance mentoring programme here.

If I have access needs, can I still apply?

Yes – you certainly can, we are holding specific places for disabled and neurodivergent artists.

Do I get paid or charged to participate?

We do not pay you to participate with the programme. All costs for participating are fully funded. Advance is part of Creative Wakefield and has been supported by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who fund the Cultural Development Fund, which is administered by Arts Council England.

Are expenses covered?

We will not cover your expenses. All activity will either be delivered locally in Wakefield or delivered online. If you have access needs, please indicate on your application, or speak to a member of the team.

How much time will I need to commit to the programme?

If you are planning to apply for the visual arts programme you will need to commit to a minimum of 12 hours for the workshops/masterclasses over a 2-month period. You will also have the opportunity to receive 6 hours of additional mentoring to run alongside the workshops and receive 2 hours of 1:1 session for portfolio reviews.

I am worried about Covid

Where possible, the workshops will take place in person as we believe this adds greater value for those participating to network, share ideas and expertise and develop relationships. All in-person events will adhere to social distancing guidelines. However, we understand the challenges many face during these times, whilst covid is still among us and we will therefore facilitate remote working, providing online access to the workshops/masterclasses through zoom meetings. Mentoring will take place either remotely or in person – depending on the individual preferences of mentees.

Express Interest in the Visual Arts Programme

We are currently accepting expressions of interest for the Visual Arts Programme.

Express interest here

I work in Wakefield, but I live elsewhere – can I participate?

Yes – the programme is particularly targeting individuals operating in Wakefield and the wider Yorkshire Humber region, regardless of where you live, we understand people move about and commuting is a thing!

I live in Wakefield, but I work elsewhere – can I participate?

Yes – we welcome applications from individuals and businesses that add to the vibrant creative sector in Wakefield and surrounding areas.

Can I apply even if I am not a visual artist but live in Wakefield or Wider Yorkshire region?

No – you won’t be able to apply through this specific programme, but you can apply to our Advance mentoring programme here.

If I have access needs, can I still apply?

Yes – you certainly can, we are holding specific places for disabled and neurodivergent artists.

Do I get paid or charged to participate?

We do not pay you to participate with the programme. All costs for participating are fully funded. Advance is part of Creative Wakefield and has been supported by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who fund the Cultural Development Fund, which is administered by Arts Council England.

Are expenses covered?

We will not cover your expenses. All activity will either be delivered locally in Wakefield or delivered online. If you have access needs, please indicate on your application, or speak to a member of the team.

How much time will I need to commit to the programme?

If you are planning to apply for the visual arts programme you will need to commit to a minimum of 12 hours for the workshops/masterclasses over a 2-month period. You will also have the opportunity to receive 6 hours of additional mentoring to run alongside the workshops and receive 2 hours of 1:1 session for portfolio reviews.

I am worried about Covid

Where possible, the workshops will take place in person as we believe this adds greater value for those participating to network, share ideas and expertise and develop relationships. All in-person events will adhere to social distancing guidelines. However, we understand the challenges many face during these times, whilst covid is still among us and we will therefore facilitate remote working, providing online access to the workshops/masterclasses through zoom meetings. Mentoring will take place either remotely or in person – depending on the individual preferences of mentees.

We are currently accepting expressions of interest for the Visual Arts Programme.

Express interest here

Mentoring

What is the mentoring programme?

We are offering bespoke advice and guidance from creative industry mentors who have been there and done it. As an Advance participant, you will receive 10 hours of fully funded mentoring from an industry leader to help you realise your creative ambitions. A few examples of what an Advance mentor could you help you with:

  • Creating new content, products or services
  • Project Management
  • Fundraising and Investment
  • Business planning
  • Marketing and PR
  • Leadership
  • Developing networks
How do I receive mentoring through Advance?

To receive mentoring, you must first complete an application form. There are two forms to choose from:

  1. If you are an individual applicant or freelancer, apply here.
  2. If you are a Limited Company, Charity, CIC or other type of organisation apply here.
How is my mentor chosen?

You ultimately have the decision on who supports you. You might already have someone in mind. If so, you can let us know on your application form and subject to Creative UK’s recruitment process, they can be added to our pool of mentors.

If you don’t have a mentor in mind, just tell us what kind of expertise you’re looking for and we will suggest a range of options for you to choose from.

Creative UK has over 150 industry consultants on our books, so we’re bound to find somebody that’s right for you.

We are offering bespoke advice and guidance from creative industry mentors who have been there and done it. As an Advance participant, you will receive 10 hours of fully funded mentoring from an industry leader to help you realise your creative ambitions. A few examples of what an Advance mentor could you help you with:

  • Creating new content, products or services
  • Project Management
  • Fundraising and Investment
  • Business planning
  • Marketing and PR
  • Leadership
  • Developing networks

To receive mentoring, you must first complete an application form. There are two forms to choose from:

  1. If you are an individual applicant or freelancer, apply here.
  2. If you are a Limited Company, Charity, CIC or other type of organisation apply here.

You ultimately have the decision on who supports you. You might already have someone in mind. If so, you can let us know on your application form and subject to Creative UK’s recruitment process, they can be added to our pool of mentors.

If you don’t have a mentor in mind, just tell us what kind of expertise you’re looking for and we will suggest a range of options for you to choose from.

Creative UK has over 150 industry consultants on our books, so we’re bound to find somebody that’s right for you.

Who is eligible for mentoring?

Applicants must either be a registered sole trader/freelancer, SME, CIC or Charity based in Wakefield or the wider Yorkshire Humber region.

In some cases, we’re also able to work with pre-starts but it’s best to submit an enquiry first before taking the time to complete an application form. The Advance team will then be in touch to find out more about the support you’re looking for.

If we aren’t able to help, we can signpost you to other support available. This might be in the form of other Creative UK programmes or support from other providers such as Ad:Venture.

We can support mentees from any creative industry subsector including but not limited to:

  • Film & TV
  • Games
  • Animation
  • Digital
  • Immersive Tech
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Music/Audio Production
  • Museums and Galleries
  • Architecture
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
How do I become an Advance mentor?

We’re always on the lookout for industry experts to join our books. If you’re interested in becoming a mentor on the Advance programme, you can submit an enquiry here.

To find out more about this programme, visit the Creative Wakefield website and sign up to the Creative Wakefield network to be kept up to date with news of upcoming events, funding and other opportunities.

Applicants must either be a registered sole trader/freelancer, SME, CIC or Charity based in Wakefield or the wider Yorkshire Humber region.

In some cases, we’re also able to work with pre-starts but it’s best to submit an enquiry first before taking the time to complete an application form. The Advance team will then be in touch to find out more about the support you’re looking for.

If we aren’t able to help, we can signpost you to other support available. This might be in the form of other Creative UK programmes or support from other providers such as Ad:Venture.

We can support mentees from any creative industry subsector including but not limited to:

  • Film & TV
  • Games
  • Animation
  • Digital
  • Immersive Tech
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Music/Audio Production
  • Museums and Galleries
  • Architecture
  • Publishing
  • Advertising

We’re always on the lookout for industry experts to join our books. If you’re interested in becoming a mentor on the Advance programme, you can submit an enquiry here.

To find out more about this programme, visit the Creative Wakefield website and sign up to the Creative Wakefield network to be kept up to date with news of upcoming events, funding and other opportunities.