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Our free Invent Your Future (The Art of Creative Pivoting) course returns in July

“The course helped me put my values into real focus, not only regarding what I want for my business but also what I want and need for myself and my family. It was refreshing to do a course where both of these aspects felt equally important. It’s also really helped me drill down into what […]Read More

Back by popular demand! Our Balance your mind training returns this June

“It was great to spend time thinking about practical solutions…Lovely, warm atmosphere too; the way you facilitated made it easy to chat or add comments, which were all picked up and woven in beautifully. It was great – thank you!” Katharine, poet (on our 1st edition of this course)   Balance your mind is the […]Read More

Our free ‘Taking Care of the Business’ business planning course is back!

“Thank you so much. The way this was framed and the debunking of language was so helpful and liberating. Business planning now feels possible and dare I say it exciting.” Karen, creative producer   After selling out earlier this year, our Taking Care of the Business – Getting Creative with Business Planning course is back! […]Read More

Balance#10 – Help! I need somebody… Here’s what you missed!

We’re stronger together, but knowing how to help can be tricky. And asking for help can be even trickier, especially at times like this, when things are apparently getting back to normal (whatever that is). Sometimes – whether we’re the one offering help, or the one who needs it – we are simply our own […]Read More

Balance#9 – Forget FOMO! Currently it’s all about FOGB – fear of going back

With the government offering us a roadmap out of lockdown, hopes are high within the creative sector that things will begin to right themselves in the summer, and that come the autumn the stage will be set for our music venues and theatres to throw open their doors, for film sets to be buzzing with […]Read More

Our new Balance Your Mind training course is now open for applications!

Balance your mind (so you can balance the books) is our new mental health and wellbeing course for artists and creative freelancers and entrepreneurs. It’s designed to help you understand what helps you to take care of your mental health, and identify tools and habits to improve it, all things that will also help you […]Read More

Inventing Your Future – The Art of Creative Pivoting: apply now for our new course

With business as usual out the window for so many in the creative sector, we need to be thinking more than ever about what comes next. About what business ‘not as usual’ might look like. About how we might change our game, switch careers. About where the new possibilities are, which the right ones are […]Read More

Our free ‘Taking Care of the Business’ business planning course is NOW OPEN for applications

Taking Care of the Business – Getting Creative with Business Planning is our new business planning course. Perfect if you’re an artist, freelancer or creative entrepreneur who’s struggling to manage the ongoing impact of Covid19 on your life and livelihood, this 1 day course (delivered across 2 mornings) will help you flex, improvise and think […]Read More

Watch our 1st action learning video and find out how to apply for our new programme

So as you know, we’re launching a new, entirely free, action learning programme for folk working in Colchester’s creative sector – everyone from artists and freelancers, to those running their own creative businesses or working in larger cultural organisations. Applications close on 2 June.    Take a look at our intro video Earlier this week, […]Read More

Quotas, safe spaces, and image obsession – Report from the Leeds Open Space

There was a great turn out at Sheaf Street on Monday 26 March for good food and an evening of conversation and debate about how we can begin to tackle inequality in the music industry.  In fact so good was the Leeds open space that I was struck dumb (literally, with the flu, hence the […]Read More