I am delighted to share news of a series of free hybrid workshops at the picturesque Riverfront Arts Centre, Newport, Wales and online via Zoom. These workshops aim to blend sustainability, creativity, and business insight, offering a unique and enriching experience for creatives and entrepreneurs.
1. Workshop 1: Nourish and Bloom: Sustainable Business Building Class (HYBRID)
Date: Wed 28th February 2024 | Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Cultivating Success: A Foundation Building Workshop for Community Artists and Creatives
Are you a community artist, small business owner, or creative looking to build a resilient foundation for your work to flourish? Join our workshop where we delve into essential elements to support your creative journey. Join me for a thorough exploration of sustainable business building and pruning practices. This masterclass will provide practical strategies for developing a personalized strategy for maintaining balance and avoiding burnout. Participants will gain insights into sustainable business practices for everyday life, offering a blueprint for a more enjoyable work-life.
What You’ll Gain:
- Practical tips pricing for community AND sustainability.
- How to create the space you need – and do it with kindness.
- Strategies for discernment when considering opportunities or business options.
2. Workshop 2: Supporting What Holds Us Here (HYBRID)
Date: Wed 27th March 2024| Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Unlocking Sustainable Artistry and Change-Making: A Workshop for Empowered Entrepreneurs
Join me on a journey into the foundations of sustainable art and impactful change-making. As a fellow disabled entrepreneur navigating the challenges of this world (and economy), I understand the delicate balance between holding everything and needing support. In this workshop, I offer an intimate behind-the-scenes look at my own business, unveiling the structures and systems that keep my creative and change-making endeavors thriving.
This workshop is designed for empowered entrepreneurs seeking to infuse sustainability into their creative and change-making lives. Let’s cultivate structures and systems that support your journey, ensuring longevity and impact. Join me in unraveling the intricacies of sustainable artistry and entrepreneurship.
What You’ll Gain:
- Identifying Energy Leaks: Uncover where your entrepreneurial energy might be dissipating.
- Building Supportive Systems: Ensure your energy is not the sole fuel source driving your endeavors.
- Sustaining Creativity: Delve into strategies for making creativity a sustainable practice.
3. Workshop 3: Visioning Our Visibility
Date: Wed 24th April 2024 | Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Empowering Presence: A Workshop on Supporting Ourselves in Work and the World
Navigating the landscape of social media and self-presentation can be daunting for small business owners and creatives. Many of us feel the pressure to show up online but struggle with uncertainty or witness insufficient growth despite our efforts. It shouldn’t feel like a popularity contest or an aimless performance. In this workshop, we’ll empower ourselves to authentically show up for our work and in the world.
This workshop is a supportive space for small business owners and creatives seeking to redefine their online presence. Join us as we dismantle the notion of online visibility as a performance and explore genuine ways to show up that are both feasible and sustainable.
What You’ll Gain:
- Navigating Beliefs and Pressures: Examine the beliefs and pressures influencing our sense of what we ‘should’ be doing.
- Unpacking Visibility History: Reflect on personal histories with being seen and taking up space.
- Eco-System Evaluation: Tailor our online presence to align with our individual needs and objectives.
- Leveraging Our Work: Draw on our creative or business endeavors to discover authentic and sustainable ways to show up.
4. Workshop 4: Career Out Of Joy: Creating About Pleasure After/During Pain
Date: Wed 22nd May 2024 | Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Joyful Narratives: A Workshop for Creatives Centring Pleasure in Struggle-Focused Eco-Systems
For artists and creatives, operating in eco-systems centered around struggle often raises questions about how to infuse pleasure into our narratives. Join us in this workshop as we explore the nuances of crafting stories that prioritize joy within environments that predominantly focus on our struggles.
This workshop provides a space for creatives seeking to amplify joy in their storytelling within ecosystems dominated by struggles. Join us as we redefine the narrative landscape, centering pleasure amidst the challenges and navigating trauma-informed approaches to storytelling.
What You’ll Gain:
- Appetite for Our Stories: Discern what aspects of our experiences are meant to be shared and what requires protection.
- Writing Joy in a Dismissive World: Delve into strategies for expressing joy in a world that may dismiss our pleasure.
- Centering Joy Amidst Painful Narratives: Explore methods to authentically bring joy to the forefront, even in pain-centric discussions.
- Trauma-Informed Storytelling: Learn how to write both pain and joy in a trauma-informed manner.
5. Workshop 5: Seeking Our North Star: Finding a Fit for Creative and Business Hopes
Date: Wed 26th June 2024| Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Navigating Our Creative and Business Horizons
In a world grappling with a cost-of-living crisis, chronic illness, caregiving responsibilities, and dwindling arts support, shaping the art-life we envision can be a formidable task. This reflective workshop, “Seeking Our North Star,” delves into our dreams for art and business, examining the hurdles hindering their realization.
What You’ll Gain:
- Understanding Your Landscape: Explore the current landscape of your work, assessing available resources and identifying limiting factors.
- Heart of the Dreams: Move beyond the surface of your dreams to uncover the golden pulsing heart at their core. Identify the driving essence behind your creative and business aspirations.
- Shapes Beyond Starlights: Once the core is identified, explore the myriad shapes your work can take. Discuss innovative ways to present your work to the world, considering diverse forms and formats.
- Plotting Your Landscape: Take newfound insights into shaping your dreams and incorporate them into plotting your artistic and business landscape. Strategize next steps for manifesting your vision, considering practical and actionable measures.
I’m excited to extend this invitation to transformative workshops at the Riverfront and hybrid, via Zoom, where we sustainability explore our creativity and possibility. Secure your spot today, and let’s embark on a journey of growth and positive change by the river.
The sessions will be recorded, and access to the recording will be provided for all attendees. Thanks to the generous funding from Riverfront, Newport and the University of South Wales, this event is offered to participants free of charge.
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