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Armourers Hall

81 Coleman Street



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Two days to ignite your creative business ambitions.

The Talent Development team at Crafts Council brings you leading industry experts so you can share, debate and network; providing you with a vital set of action points and links that will cultivate and shape your creative practice.

What should you expect?

The event will ignite your creative ambitions by bringing together leading industry experts to help you start, build and sustain a successful business. Topics will range from practical advice on finance and copyright laws to how you create a strong brand identity and build resilience into your business. The keynote address come from Christian Manz, award-winning visual effects artist; and speakers from Foxall Studio: Briffa: Creative Industries Finance: and of course the Crafts Council. Come and share, debate and network over the two days.

Topics Covered

  • Marketing and Social Media: How to maker your work stand out

  • Working with Galleries

  • Working with Manufacturers

  • Intellectual Property and Copyright

  • Packaging and Shipping: How to make your work safe in transit

  • Commissioning

  • Understanding the best pricing for your work

  • Best ways to present applications

  • How to pitch your work

  • How to grow your workforce

  • Working internationally

  • Residencies

  • Employment Law


  • Andrew Foxall, Creative Director, Foxall Studio (Branding, Graphic Design, Digital, Publishing)

  • Angel Monzon, Creative Director, Vessel Gallery

  • Annie Warburton, Creative Director, Crafts Council

  • Barbara Gunter-Jones, Textiles and Creative Industries Consultant Specializing in Contemporary Craft

  • Charles Dedman, Furniture

  • Christian Manz, Visual Effects Supervisor, VOLTAIRE and Creative Director Frame Store, Bafta nominee

  • Christine Zembrzuski, Intellectual Property Solicitor, Briffa

  • Claire Curneen, Ceramics

  • Emily Johnson, 1882 Ltd (Design-led Ceramics)

  • Giles Miller, Surface, Material and Sculptural Work

  • Jake Hayes, Intellectual Propery Solicitor, Briffa

  • Jill Read, Head of Communications, Crafts Council

  • Keith Brymer-Jones, Ceramics

  • Lynne Elvins, Design Strategist and Project Manager, Design Rally

  • Mel Howse, Architectural Art, Glass

  • Ndidi Ekubia, Silversmith

  • Nitin Goyal, Textiles

  • Oscar Lhermitte, Product Designer

  • Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council

  • Sarah Thirtle, Director of Business Support Programmes, Creative United

  • Silvia Weidenbach, Jewellery

Who should be attending?

This event has been structured to ensure there will be something for everyone, alongside an excellent opportunity to meet other makers. This informal and engaging two days will ignite confidence in attendees so that they may be active in conversation, debate and be inspired. Mornings will provide you with key food for thought and afternoons enable you to discuss key questions about your practice with other delegates, experts and the Crafts Council Talent Development team on how you can take the next steps.

If you want to make a significant difference to your craft business this year, attend this two day Crafts Council event.

***Crafts Council Directory makers: Get £25 off on two-day tickets! Please email makerdev@craftscouncil.org.uk for discount code***

Proposed agenda:

Day 1

9.30am Arrive, tea and coffee, registration

10am Welcome and Introductions: Rosy Greenless OBE, Executive Director, Crafts Council

10.30am Keynote speaker

11.20am Panel discussion 1: Brand and credibility

12.20pm Lunch - food is not provided, please bring your own, there will space for lunch and networking

1.20pm Panel discussion 2: Maintaining credibility on large scale production

2.10pm Break out 1: Working with manufacturers - advice from manufacturing representatives on logistics. Discussion and information sharing with experienced makers.

2.10pm Break out 2: Working with galleries - discussions around how best to approach and work with galleries, gain insight into how to present yourself in a curated setting.

2.50pm Break, tea and coffee

3.10pm Break out 2: Brand identity - discussions and debates on communicating a brand and seeing yourself a strong creative business

3.10pm Break out 3: Growing your financial capability - explore the breadth of financial options available to you through the different stages of your career.

3.50pm Reflections and Q&A

4.20pm networking

5pm Finish

Day 2

9.30 Arrive, tea and coffee

10am Welcome and wrap up from Day 1: Annie Warburton, Creative Director, Crafts Council

10.30am Panel discussion 1: Protecting your business

11.20am Panel Discussion 2: Logistics of working internationally

12.20pm Lunch - food is not provided, please bring your own, there will space for lunch and networking

1.20pm Break out 1: Employment law/Commercial law - demystifying the process of becoming an employer and logistics of legal jargon.

1.20pm Break out 2: Packaging - discussions on make your work safe in transit.

2.10pm Break, tea and coffee

2.40pm Break out 3: Protecting your business - creating a protective Intellectual Property strategy for growth post Brexit.

2.40pm Break out 4: Residencies and showcasing abroad - understanding the benefits of building residencies into your creative business.

3.30pm Reflections and Q&A

4.10pm Networking

5pm Finish

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