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Teach Your Art: A Hands-on Workshop about Developing Creative Workshops

The Durham University team of Creative Fuse North East is excited to redeliver this workshop teaching creatives how to develop and deliver their own workshops as part of their business model.

Do you want to deliver art or crafts workshops to the public as part of your core business model but don’t know where to start? Are you looking to apply for a commission that includes the provision of teaching your craft? Or do you already offer workshops but would like to improve them or increase attendance?

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 10am-4pm

Venue: No. 42 The Auckland Project, 42 Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7PB

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About the Workshop

In this free, one-day seminar, participants will learn how to plan their first workshop or how to improve an existing workshop; reflect with other practitioners on the methods of successful teaching; devise a marketing and promotion plan to generate interest; and consider how to resource their new venture. Facilitators will guide participants through these important details based on their own knowledge and experience as educators and tutors. The day will also include a panel of experienced creatives and organisations sharing their own perspective on what makes for a successful workshop.

By the end of the session, participants will have a workshop delivery plan in place. In addition, by completing the workshop you will have the opportunity to sign up for a hands-on opportunity to test and promote your workshop and to apply for exciting commission opportunities.

Refreshments will be provided. Please bring along a packed lunch.

Additional opportunity

During the summer of 2019 The Auckland Project is looking to recruit an artist to lead sixteen days of artistic activity for the public on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer holidays. Stick around after the workshop (or come along for this session) from 4-5 pm when Liz Dollimore from The Auckland Project (TAP) will be on hand to answer questions about this exciting commissioning opportunity at TAP.

Important: The deadline for applications for this opportunity will be April 8, with interviews on April 15.

Who is this workshop suitable for?

Any creative practitioner (artist, performer, craftsperson, digital practitioner) interested in delivering (or improving on) creative workshops as part of their business model.

About the facilitators

Dr Ladan Cockshut has over ten years of experience developing and delivering teaching at college and university level in the disciplines of concept art, computer games, geography, and sociology; she has also developed and delivered training and creative workshops to both industry and the public. She is particularly interested in vocational and applied learning methods. She is also a postdoctoral researcher working on Creative Fuse North East with a particular interest in creativity, games, play-based and practice-based research methods.

Dr Alistair Brown is an experienced university teacher in subjects across the Arts and Humanities, with a specialism in English Literature. He has particular expertise in devising innovative teaching strategies for online and distance education. He has produced courses at various universities in the UK and internationally and led workshops to help fellow teachers to develop their approaches. He is a postdoctoral researcher on Creative Fuse North East. Find him on Twitter at @alibrown18.

Read more about the Culture Hubs: Bespoke Programme and previous workshops in 2018.