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Business Planning POSTPONED

Why book? You will develop an understanding of business planning and how to apply it to develop a business model that can support investment
Who is it for? Arts and cultural organisations who want a sound business foundation to support activity delivery
What’s covered? Business planning, existing business streams, market research, competitor analysis, marketing and promotion, and financial models.

If you are interested in attending this training, then contact us as RIO are planning similar training in Wiltshire soon. 

More details to follow

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Action Learning Set invitation - application deadline
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Action Learning Set invitation - application deadline

Your invitation to join an Action Learning set for people working in arts and culture in Gloucestershire (free of charge) in Summer 2016

Would you like to be part of an inspiring professional development network in Gloucestershire?

Would you benefit from structured space and time to develop your artistic ideas and solve current professional challenges?

  • Are you an independent artist, producer or manager with at least 5 years experience of working in the arts or cultural sector?
  • Are you involved or interested in socially engaged practice?
  • Are you currently based or wanting to locate yourself in Gloucestershire?

Then Action Learning could be for you!  It is also FREE to join! 

Who this is for: 

We are looking for up to 8 professionals who want to be part of a committed peer-led development group. You may be an independent artist, maker or producer. Or you may be employed in an arts/cultural organisation or a creative enterprise. You must have worked for around 5 years in the sector and be based in Gloucestershire or hope to be so in the near future. 

Participants in the pilot AL set CG ran last year developed problem-solving, listening, and management skills. Have a look at the blog and comments of some of the participants involved in the pilot Action Learning set (2015-16): 
‘The sessions have given me the confidence to move forward with my artistic practice..’ 
‘…extremely goal oriented, incredibly helpful in giving me the clarity and positivity I needed to move forward with my career.’
‘…networking, mutual support… tease out problems, opportunity to learn and develop listening skills’  
Create Gloucestershire AL participants, 2015-16

What is Action Learning? 

Action learning is an inspiring approach to professional development that offers a small group of peers a structured and reflective way to explore the issues they face. You can read more here: http://actionlearningcentre.co.uk/about-action-learning/what-is-action-learning/

 It can support you in your professional development by:

•  Helping you to step outside of your day-to-day pressures, enabling you to reflect and view your work from a fresh perspective.

•  Giving you the opportunity to develop ideas, see connections and hear about others’ experiences across the region.

•  Using active listening, questioning and sharing feedback, with the group challenging and supporting you to identify your own creative solutions to take away and act on.

•  Giving you an understanding of other practices, roles and organisations.

•  Helping you and/or your organisation to build networks and partnerships across different parts of the arts sector and beyond.

How will it work?

The action learning set will meet together for a full day, every 6-8 weeks between June 2016 and March 2017 (a total of six whole days initially). The first day in June will be an introductory day to action learning and to Joanna Ridout, our Learning Set facilitator, a UK expert in this field. Joanna will facilitate the rest of the 5 sessions with the aim that the set can be self-facilitating from April 2017 if participants wish it to.

How to apply - application download here

As we expect demand to be high, individuals will be selected by application but this is not an onerous process. We cannot guarantee a place for everyone who is interested – we will make judgments based on the right mix of people in a set and your ability to commit to the six sessions, including the introductory day. Set members will agree dates and locations for the following five set meetings at the introductory meeting in June 2016. We will expect participants to contract for attendance.


Applications open                                           Friday 13 April

Application deadline                                       Friday 13 May, noon

Successful applicants notified by email        by Wednesday 18 May  

Introductory day                                             Monday 20 or Tuesday 28 June

The set will then meet every 6-8 weeks during July 2015 to March 2017 for full weekday sessions, with dates and location agreed by the group in advance.


It is free to attend. Successful applicants will receive a fully-funded place in the Action Learning set, worth more than £600 of professional development, subsidised by CG and Arts Council England.

You or your organisation or company must cover any travel costs. As part of our access policy we have a small bursary fund for freelance artists who are not able to claim travel costs from an organisation and would find it difficult to fund travel costs themselves. Applications for a bursary will be judged on the basis of whether travel costs would prevent you participating, and any other access needs.

Our aims for the Action Learning Set and eventual network

CG wants to grow a pool of extraordinary and diverse artists and producers in Gloucestershire. This underpins our manifesto aims, which you can read about here:


CG is addressing this need through a combination of training, bespoke and peer support, aimed at sharing practice and learning. We think Action Learning sets are a great way to support artists and producers to grow and develop their practice and to make new connections and relationships with others working in the sector.  

Ready to apply?

Please submit your application by completing the attached form and send by email to: hello@creategloucestershire.co.uk by Friday 13 May, noon.

Please note: if you work for an organisation, your line manager’s support is required on the form.


If you have any queries about this opportunity please contact Louise Bardgett at Create Gloucestershire via louise@creategloucestershire.co.uk

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Innovative Partnerships Training (POSTPONED)

Interested in creating opportunities through partnerships?  

Why book?  Increasingly there is the need to work with partners if you are going to access the resources your organisation needs to prosper and grow. This training looks at how innovative and mutually beneficial partnerships can unlock resources, build sustainability and produce outcomes linked to your learning offer/work with young people. We do this by distinguishing the relationships and benefits that you can and do create for others and then learning how to use them to start accessing the resources you need. 

Who is it for? Those aspiring to create opportunities and unlock hidden value and resources through partnerships. 

What's covered? For some it's as simple as creating the space to think outside your normal hectic schedule. For others understanding the value of what you do, how to develop new and existing relationships into innovative partnerships will make a big difference.  We will also take some time at the end of the session to look at commissioning; providing a brief overview of the current landscape and giving participants an insight into opportunities and challenges that are relevant to cultural organisations and signposting to where more information can be found.

All of the training delivered by RIO is free to attend and will include lunch on whole day courses. 

Cost: Free

More details and to book a place here

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Action Learning Taster

  • Are you an independent artist or producer with at least five years experience working in the arts or cultural sector?
  • Are you currently based or wanting to base yourself in Gloucestershire?
  • Would you benefit from structured space and time to develop your artistic ideas and solve current professional challenges?

Then Action Learning could be for you!

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Open Space

Can art and culture be (more) meaningful to more people if we re-think the boundaries placed around it - sectorial, geographical, hierarchical or political? 

We think the arts and cultural sector needs to get out more!  Most sectors probably do. So this Open Space is for anyone (whether you work in arts and culture or not) who cares about creativity and thinks there is a way of doing things better. 

The possibilities for art to make a difference to people - in any setting you can imagine - are endless. Making things happen is down to individuals with imagination. People who look beyond what they know already. If we can get a whole bunch of people together in a room with the drive to do this, think about what we could change... 

This is your opportunity to do just that, and in your own way: you set the agenda, you decide what you want to get done, and how, with whoever wants to work on it with you. 

Theatre Bristol and Create Gloucestershire are jointly hosting this Open Space to bring people together from across the South West, to explore how we do (and don’t) connect with the places and communities around us, and to design new ways of living and working together. 

We're interested in what happens when you look beyond the boundaries, real and imagined, that we all put in place. We are excited about the potential to dissolve cultural boundaries so they make more sense to artists and audiences as opposed to reinforcing traditional geographical, sectorial and political imperatives. If you are too, get stuck in and book below. 

We're delighted that Nick Sweeting (Producer of Open Space innovators Improbable Theatre Company) will be facilitating the event. 

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Creative Pathways for Creative Futures

This event has been co-designed and organised by creative apprentices and interns within the Create Gloucestershire network, which aims to give them a voice to talk about the importance arts and culture has on their lives and future prospects. Linking in to the Arts Council’s launch of the Creative Education challenge, organisations and stakeholders are invited to explore ways in which young people within Gloucestershire can be supported to get better opportunities.
It is a chance for young people themselves to explain what cultural education currently looks like from their perspective and how organisations can support them to grow.

The event is free and places can be booked here

In partnership with Real Ideas Organisation

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CG members meeting/arts & culture forum

Making meaning - making money. How can we ensure we are sustainable as artists or organisations without "selling out?"

This seminar will focus on Income Generation and different business models.  Pippa Jones, Development Director at Create Gloucestershire will discuss ways we generate money individually, but also share and gather feedback on CG's proposed business model.

We are delighted Debbie Bird from AbleGrowth will be joining us to share her experience of developing sustainable business models. Debbie is based in Gloucestershire and is the founder and managing director of Able Growth - she has extensive experience of training and supporting new and established businesses. Previous clients include John Lewis, Co-op Pharmacies and the Muslim Council of Britain.. She is accredited to the government funded Growth Accelerator programme.  

* We are able to offer a number of FREE one to one coaching sessions with Debbie to discuss your particular ideas/vision but these need to be booked in advance. These sessions will take place on the day between 12.15 - 1.30pm.  Please email Louise at Create Gloucestershire if you are interested in booking a slot with Debbie here.  

Refreshments and vegetarian lunch will be provided.
You can book a place here.  

Further meetings in late Spring and Autumn will focus on: 

  • Cultural Education and Cultural Challenge – what conditions are needed to provide meaningful, high quality experiences with young people and wider communities.
  • Update on ‘Putting Culture at the heart of Gloucester for the Good of all’ consultation meetings and 'Art of Listening' artist commission, which will help shape Gloucester’s 10 year Cultural Strategy.

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Open Doors - Creative Careers Event

Do you work with young people?  Are they interested in finding out how to get their first step onto the career ladder in the arts and cultural sector or, secure work experience in the arts in Gloucestershire? 

For the first time Open Doors is coming to Gloucestergiving young people aged 16 - 24 years the chance to explore what goes on behind the scenes and what it takes to programme, manage and coordinate top events. All this plus networking, finding out about other creative work based opportunities and getting careers advice directly from professionals.  

As part of the event, Gloucester Guildhall is offering unpaid work experience placements for a minimum one week. This opportunity is flexible and can be tailored to suit your interests, so you tell us which department you would like to work in!  The winner(s) will be announced at the Open Doors Gloucester event.  The competition is now live on Hiive, follow the link here.
To find out more and book a place, click here for tickets before they get snapped up. 

In partnership with Creative Skillset and Gloucester Guildhall

Cost: £5

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