Make the Most of Our Industrial Heritage

11 July 2022 to 12 July 2022
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

A fully funded two-day programme designed for artists and creative practitioners located in Northumberland and North of the Tyne to explore how we can all, individually and collaboratively, benefit from making the very most of our industrial heritage. 
The less industrialised Britain is the more fascinating the north's internationally important industrial heritage becomes. There may be few nuggets left to dig from the ground but there are plenty to unearth in the archives.
So come along and switch off from the day-to-day routines of running your business and invest time exploring how you can make the most of the area's heritage to develop your creative practice at a fully funded two-day creative enterprise workshop at Woodhorn Colliery, home to a wealth of areas lesser-known stories.

Workshops will be held on 11th and 12th July at Woodhorn Colliery, Ashington

The area's industrial heritage is a fantastic source of inspiration for visual arts, music and performance, and craftwork. Ashington’s Pitmen Painters are a great example of how the new world built by the coal industry fired their own, and later other people’s, creative imagination in those fields.  
The region has an industrial heritage of global significance and, as passenger trains are once again about to roll into town (via Bedlington, the home of the iron rail), it’s the perfect time to add a creative twist to this heritage to produce something saleable that new audiences across the region and beyond will value.
Over the course of the two days you will:

  • Explore the potential of the area to inspire new creative and commercial opportunities

  • Generate ideas for creative products and services with different audiences in mind

  • Find out how other artists drawing inspiration from their community's assets have successfully developed their practice and new income streams

  • Develop entrepreneurial know-how to critique and exploit ideas

  • Link with creative and commercial networks that may add value to your propositions

  • Find out about funding opportunities

  • Meet representatives of the major cultural and creative organisations in the area

  • Find out about upcoming creative and commercial opportunities.

There’ll be contributions from local specialists, and the day will be festooned with opportunities to spend time with other creatives and build your networks.

To access the training you will need to complete a registration form. Places are fully funded but limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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This workshop will be delivered by Jane Shaw. Jane is a founding director of Create North, one of the UK’s longest established enterprise animation companies specifically focused on helping individuals and organisations to exploit their latent enterprise talents. Jane will share insights from her 25 years’ experience of supporting creative practitioners generate income from their work.