SPACE Toolkit Professional Development Programme Spring 2019
February - April 2019

37 Queen Street
Colchester CO1 2PQ
Every first Thursday

Previous SPACE Toolkits:

Thu 4 Apr, 6.30-8.30pm
Artistic Economies, models and values Talk
With Kathrin Böhm, artist and co-founder of Company Drinks, London
And Marc De'ath, Cultural Partnerships Manager at Chelmsford City Council and co-founder of Colchester Makerspace
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From artistic co-operatives, individual artists, artist-led no profit spaces to commercial galleries, there are many models for making, distributing and appreciating art. Drawing from the experiences of Company Drinks and Colchester Makerspace, the talk will map these different artistic economies and reflect upon the many ways of defining and sustaining artistic practices.


Kathrin Böhm is an East London-based artist whose collaborative work focuses on the collective (re-)production of public space, trade as public realm and the every day as a starting point for culture. Kathrin is a founding member of the international artist group Myvillages and art and architecture collective Public Works. In 2014 she set up Company Drinks, an ongoing artwork in the shape of a community drinks enterprise based in Barking and Dagenham, and the host of The Centre for Plausible Economies. In 2016, together with Rosalie Schweiker and many others, she co-produced the artist run Remain Campaign ‘EU-UK’, which now continues as ‘Keep it Complex - Make it Clear’. Böhm is the co-editor of numerous publications, including Learn to Act and The Rural  published by Whitechapel Gallery and MIT.

Marc De'ath, will share his knowledge of creative collaborative economies, drawing on his experience working across the Cultural and Creative Industries. From his motivations for setting up the design studio Creative.Coop, to initiating the now closed, DIY performance venue, the Waiting Room project and co-founding the recently opened Colchester Makerspace.


Thu 7 Mar, 6.30-8.30pm
How to get private funding for your practice
With Remi Harris MBE
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Have you ever thought about borrowing money or using investment to fund your art practice or creative business? This session will discuss and present the options that are available to artists and small creative businesses. Participants will learn about the differences between borrowing and investment, understand what information is needed for a loan application (such as business plans, cash flows and budgets), and get a better understanding of what lenders and investors are looking for.


Remi Harris MBE has 20 years’ experience working across the creative industries as a trainer, senior manager, coach and business adviser in the UK and internationally. She is qualified with an MBA (Masters in Business). She is author of the book: Easy Money? The Definitive Guide to Funding Music Projects in the UK (2013). Clients include Creative United, Somerset House Trust, The Barbican, Metal Culture, Association of Independent Music, The Musicians' Union, PRS Foundation and many individual artists.


Thu 7 Feb, 6.30-8.30pm
How to develop your audience
Led by Julie Aldridge
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Are you looking to reach a wider audience? Would you like to broaden the range of people engaging with your work? Do you need to develop an audience strategy as part of a funding application? Join Julie Aldridge for a workshop which will help you produce a simple plan to grow audiences or customers for your art practice or creative business. Julie will share some practical tools and tried and tested techniques to help you get started.  


Julie Aldridge is a business and marketing consultant working in the arts, cultural and creative sectors. She helps creative practitioners, leaders and teams to explore their future ambition, consider how they might become more relevant and meaningful to people, and devise strategies to build a resilient future. She is co-author of Open Up, a guide to growing and diversifying visitors. Prior to becoming a consultant, was Executive Director of the Arts Marketing Association (AMA) for over a decade, supporting thousands of cultural organisations across the UK to develop audiences and visitors for their work.


Ticket includes a complimentary drink and networking after the talk.

Any questions? Contact Jack at or 01206809222


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