Inspire-a-thon Workshop @ Durham Dales Centre (Durham Creative Fuse)

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Durham Dales Centre


DL13 2FJ

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Why are we creative? What inspires our creative work? How can our creativity help us achieve our business goals? Are we making the most of what inspires us to support our creative work?

Do you take enough time away from your busy work to develop and create new ideas and products?

Join us for a creative 'away day'! In this free hands-on, informative, play-based workshop, we'll explore current research and studies into creativity and originality; we'll also work and play together to explore what makes our creativity tick and how to take the everyday inspirations around us to propel ourselves into new creative possibilities.

At the end of the workshop, you will have started a new creation that might expand your business into markets you’ve not previously considered.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to apply to receive six hours of additional support after the workshop to help further develop their new idea.

All materials, refreshments, lunch, and parking provided free.

Who is this event suitable for?

Any creative or digital practitioner or business interested in exploring and improving their creativity and creative outputs.

Programme Outline*

9:30: Arrival, registration (tea + coffee)

10:00: Welcome, introductions, icebreaker game

10:30: What makes our creative brains tick; what are originals? (interactive discussion + sharing)

11:30: Knowing what inspires you (play and group activity)

12:30: Lunch

1:15: Creative walk and talk

2:00: Creating expressions of inspiration (inside-the-box exercise)

3:30: Sharing your inspiration

3:50: Closing and next steps

*Provisional programme of content--subject to change.

About the facilitators

Dr Ladan Cockshut is an academic researcher working in the fields of creativity, games, digital technology, practice-based art, and play-based research methods. Before joining the Creative Fuse NE project at Durham University in 2017, Ladan was a lecturer in computer games at Teesside University from 2015-2017. Ladan has significant experience designing and delivering play-based learning and development activities to help explore and uncover new ideas and insights with participants.

Housekeeping details

Eligibility: This event is open to Creative or Digital businesses and sole traders operating in the County Durham and wider Northeast LEP region (Durham, Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Northumberland). Places at this event will be confirmed for those who meet these criteria. Get in touch with the team at or if you have any enquiries.

Dietary Restrictions: Please indicate on the registration form if you have any dietary restrictions.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is parking available at the Dales Centre and it is accessible via bus routes. There is more information available on transportation, accessibility, and the venue here:

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You are welcome to contact Alistair ( or Ladan ( of the Creative Fuse team at Durham University with any questions about the event.


This programme is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

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