New Creative Markets

The New Creative Markets Programme at SPACE was a free professional development programme that ran from 2012 – 2015. It was designed to help artists, designers & designer makers increase the sales of their work and achieve greater sustainability.

Over the course of three years, we worked closely with our participants to address their most pressing professional needs, and we offered support such as:

– One-to-ones with industry professionals (e.g. international and UK gallerists, curators, designers, online advisers and other specialist mentors)

– Workshops (limited editions, crowdfunding, tax for creatives, art writing, digital presence, etc.)

– Talks from industry specialists and networking 
with other artists/programme participants

The New Creative Markets Programme was an ERDF-funded initiative run by SPACE, with Cockpit Arts, Four Corners and Photofusion with the goal to assist freelancers and small creative companies in the visual arts, digital image, design and designer-making sectors grow their business.

NCM supported almost 600 independent creative practitioners in London between 2012 and 2015, and helped them achieved over £2M in sales in new markets. Read more about the programme’s achievements here.


The New Creative Markets project was part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.

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Strategic partners are: Autograph, CC Skills, CMS Cameron McKenna, DACS, Global Action Plan

Project part funded by the European Union.

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March 2016
NCM programme achievements
Between 2012 and 2015 New Creative Markets helped creatives increase sales, contributing £2m to London's economy
1 Aug 2015
NCM Participant Profile July 15: Alex Evans
Alex Evans' artworks are a collection of intricately hand drawn cities composed of geometric shapes and complex patterns.
August 2015
Feature: New Creative Markets Showcase
As the NCM programme draws to a close we celebrate with two exhibitions.
July 2015
Feature: Stuck in a Rut?
Stuck in a rut? Need motivation? Then read on……
1 Jul 2015
NCM Participant Profile June 15: Susanne Hakuba
Susanne Hakuba is a German photographer who focuses on corporate, portrait and editorial photography.
May 2015
Feature: Where to find funding?
Funding your practice is an integral and unfortunately a time-consuming part of being an artist or designer/maker.
27 May 2015
NCM Participant Profile May 15: Sarah Lindsay
Sarah Lindsay is a jewellery designer/maker based in North London.
April 2015
Feature: Limited Editions and Artist Multiples
So you have an idea for a limited edition or artist’s multiple? Here’s what you should consider before embarking on a venture.
30 Apr 2015
NCM Participant Profile Apr 15: Ed Thompson
Ed Thompson is a British photographer, artist and lecturer.
March 2015
Feature: Getting Press for your creative practice
Promoting your work is an essential part of being a creative professional.
NCM Participant Profile Mar 15: Annie Krinsky
Anne Krinsky is a London-based painter and printmaker who also creates installations in response to archived collections.
NCM Participant Profile Feb 15: Holly McGlynn
Holly McGlynn is an Irish fashion photographer based in London.
5 Mar 2015
Event: The exceptional economy of the arts – Cultural capital in capitals
Panel discussion: Finding new room for art and for artists in our accelerating property market
NCM Participant Profile Jan 15: Sara Gunn
Sara Gunn is a London-based designer & joined the New Creative Markets Programme with Cockpit Arts.
NCM Participant Profile Dec 14: Gayle Chong Kwan
Gayle joined the New Creative Markets programme with Four Corners.
Feature: Looking backward and forward for a better 2015
The holiday season is finally upon us and you are all no doubt exhausted after a manic run-up to Christmas.
NCM Participant Profile Nov 14: Jen Taylor
Jen Taylor's designs are unique in featuring striking prints and patterns composed of everyday objects.
Feature: The Difficult Task of Pricing Art Work
This month's feature focuses on the difficult subject of pricing artwork.
25 Nov 2014
Event: The Exceptional Economy of the Arts: Art collections, art markets and the balance of power
Feature: Back Up and Protect Your Digital Business
How important is it to take care of the digital side of your creative business?