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Balance #8 – Going the distance…The art of creative perseverance

Our first Balance session for 2021 and ‘creative perseverance’ definitely felt like a timely and relevant topic to start the year with. The current restrictions on our freedoms, plus learning how to cope with the changes and uncertainty that the pandemic has brought about has definitely meant digging deep… to go the distance. Whilst hope […]Read More

Join our team! We’re looking for a p/t freelance comms and content hubster

Founded in 2002, the hub develops new thinking and practice in the creative sector. A social enterprise, we have a particular passion for championing the new and the independent, and for supporting creative freelancers and entrepreneurs. We work on projects that excite us, and that enable our peers to meet their potential. We’re on the […]Read More

Balance #7: What a difference a (new) year makes – here’s to (new) habits, hopes and your good health

What a year it’s been. We’ve each made our own journey through 2020, but for most of us in the creative sector (and world at large) it’s been a roller coaster year of change, uncertainty and emotional ups and downs. But we’re here, and for many of us, 2020 has given us the chance to […]Read More

Balance #6: Keeping burnout at bay: reclaiming life in the time of Coronovirus

Even during the ‘before’ times, a lack of work-life balance, financial risk and the ongoing pressure to do more with less meant incidences of burnout in the creative sector were on the up. Fast forward to life in the time of Coronovirus, and new pressures and frustrations mean more of us than ever are susceptible […]Read More

Balance #5: Turn and face the strange: embracing the future and staying true to yourself

Change is a part of life, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy, and it feels especially hard now, given that the change we’re living through feels seismic and constant. Should we try to stay the same, or is it better to embrace the future knowing that we might lose things we love or that […]Read More

BALANCE: WORLD MENTAL HEALTH ONE DAYER

It’s World Mental Health Day on 10 October, and to mark it we’ve put together a Balance OneDayer, full of talks, workshops, coaching sessions (plus a living room disco!) designed to help artists and creative freelancers take better care of their minds. The day is yours to dip in and out of, and you can […]Read More

Balance #4: Work, rest and play….How to stay creative and positive

According to Albert Einstein, “creativity is intelligence having fun”, and our September Balance talk, all about Work, Rest and Play: How to Stay Creative and Positive, explored how, as creatives, we can sustain our creativity – the juice we run on – to thrive in this so-called ‘new normal’. Yet again we were joined by […]Read More

Balance #3: Sorting the Shoulds from the Coulds: Staying motivated and making good choices

Our latest Balance talk was all about sorting the shoulds from the coulds… staying motivated, making good decisions amidst chaos, and finding the right path to a future you’ve had a hand in inventing. Pondering all of this with me, and offering insights-a-plenty along the way, was Andy Gibson, founder of Mindapples, and between us […]Read More

Balance #2: How to cope when uncertainty feels like the only certainty

After our 1st Balance talk last month looked at why we need to balance our minds if we want to balance our books, our 2nd talk explored uncertainty…How to make better friends with it, how getting to know ourselves a little bit better can help with that, and how we can move forward from chaos, […]Read More

Balance #1: Why we need to balance our minds to balance our books

  Balance is a new series of online talks and drop in sessions we’ve developed for artists and creative freelancers or entrepreneurs who want to learn how to take better care of their minds and their businesses.   Our first Balance session this month explored exactly why we – as artists, creative freelancers and entrepreneurs – […]Read More