Artist Brew Day: Advice Sessions & Workshops

Free advice sessions and workshops for creatives, covering everything from; fundraising to building your brand

Heart

We’ll pop the kettle on…

Built on the concept that mentoring and advice occurs when emerging artists approach established artists ‘for a brew’, four years ago we flipped this by inviting artists into our office for an hour of free advice.

Around four times a year we fill up the kettle, stock up on biscuits and open our office door for any artists or companies in need of an ear, a hand, or a spot of advice. We don’t consider ourselves the experts, but we’ve learnt a lot along the way. We are so thankful to all the artists who have helped us that we wanted to pay it forward to others.

This September we’re flipping this again and paying five freelance creatives to run workshops and advice sessions on everything from stage design to movement direction and working with deaf performers. As well as chucking in a day of free funding advice sessions with our Sarah for good measure.

Join us on Tuesday 8th and Thursday 10th September and as always drop us a line with any access needs and we will do all we can to offer you the best experience possible. Please note that our advice sessions can be delivered over the telephone if you do not have internet access or prefer not to use Zoom.

Tuesday 8th September: Advice Sessions

Demystifying movement direction with Deb Pugh

Tuesday 8th September: 45 minute sessions between 1pm – 7:45pm, via Zoom.

Follow this link to book a time slot (5 sessions available, book early to avoid disappointment).

Deb Pugh performing in Theatre Ad Infinitum’s ‘Translunar Paradise’. Photo by Idil Sukan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movement Director Deb Pugh will be hosting 45 minute advice sessions for anyone interested in working with or becoming a Movement Director.

A freelance theatre maker and movement director originally trained at École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Deb is an Associate Artist at Theatre Ad Infinitum and has been devising and performing original work with them since 2007,  most recently Extraordinary Wall [of Silence], a bilingual BSL/ English piece exploring Deafhood. Other work with the company includes: Light, Ballad of the Burning Star, Bucket List, Behind the Mirror & Translunar Paradise.

Outside of Ad Inf recent credits as movement director include: An Adventure (Bush Theatre), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Sheffield Crucible) A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (Hull Truck), The Twits (Curve, Leicester and Rose Theatre, Kingston), Declaration (Art with Heart), Stan (Art with Heart), Spitfire (Sam Brady), Secret Diaries (Art with Heart), Bassett (Sheffield Crucible), Kristin Lavransdatter (North Wall). Deb is also a visiting practitioner at a number of drama schools and universities.

Deb’s Website

Technical theatre trouble shooting with Lynsey Akehurst

Tuesday 8th September: 45 minute sessions between 1pm – 7:45pm, via Zoom.

Follow this link to book a time slot (5 sessions available, book early to avoid disappointment).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theatre Technician Lynsey Akehurst will be hosting 45 minute advice sessions for anyone interested in learning more about the technical aspects of theatre. Whether you’re looking to kick start a career as a theatre technician, need a solution to a sound design problem, or are making the transition into outdoor performance and need a hand with risk assessments and generator advice; Lynsey is your woman.

Lynsey is an energetic, enthusiastic individual with a genuine passion for what she does. With over 15 years experience working as a technician, designer, theatre maker and educator she brings an extensive and wide-ranging skill set to her work. As well as working widely across the UK as a technician, she also plays a key role in educating the next generation of theatre technicians through her work as a workshop leader and apprenticeship assessor. Many of her students have gone on to establish careers in the industry both nationally and internationally.

Building your brand with Megan Holland

Tuesday 8th September: 45 minute sessions between 1pm – 7:45pm, online via Zoom.

Follow this link to book a time slot (5 sessions available, book early to avoid disappointment).

**SOLD OUT** All sessions are now fully booked. You can add your name to a waiting list by emailing hello@artwithheart.org.uk and we will contact you if a session becomes available. We are looking to host more sessions in the future and will contact anybody on the wait list as priority.

Megan Holland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creative Strategist Megan Holland will be hosting 45 minute advice sessions for anyone interested in developing their brand. Branding is more than a logo. It’s the way that you act, the stories you choose to tell – and the way you tell them. Our branding advice session can help you to…

  • Consider and understand your aims and objectives as an organisation/person and ways you can achieve them through communication
  • Think about how you present yourself to different people, and ways of honing aspects of you/your brand’s personality with ease
  • Help you to solve any problems you might be facing with your brand and communications
  • Offer quick fixes and tips and tricks for improving your communication without spending a fortune

Imaginative storytelling. Informed problem solving. Meaningful communications.

Megan is a creative strategist with a flair for problem solving, helping brands to connect with their audiences through copywriting, content, social media management and strategic communications. After six years working at marketing agency, Holdens, she has experience working with Oldham Coliseum, Art with Heart, New Vic Theatre, CFCCA and Community Arts North alongside more commercial clients like Heritage GB, Bruntwood and Allied London. She now works freelance with brands that align with her values to help solve their communication challenges from the ground up – including producing for the lovely Art with Heart!

Megan’s Blog

Tuesday 8th September: Workshops

An introduction to working with deaf performers with Alexandra James

Tuesday 8th September, 11am – 12:30pm, online via Zoom (BSL Interpreted).

This workshop is delivered in partnership with the wonderful folks at Z Arts.

Follow this link to book your place. Limited capacity, book early to avoid disappointment.

Alex in The Night Before Christmas at Leeds Playhouse. Photo by Anthony Robling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join actor Alexandra James as she shares her best practice guide to working with deaf performers, as well as an introduction to deaf awareness basics. The workshop will be interpreted long time Art with Heart Collaborator Rachel Moffatt-Feldman.

Have no idea what to do or how to work with deaf actors/artists? Don’t worry! Sassy Alex (or Alexandra, whichever you prefer) got your back. By the end of the session, you will be filled with deaf awareness and knowledge. Your mind will be blownnn, and you will be surprised by how easy it is.

My name is Alexandra James and I’m full of sassiness. I’ve been acting for over 2 years and I love it as it’s my passion. I have no idea what my life would be like acting/drama didn’t exist. I graduated from The Arden School of Theatre in 2018. My dream is to be a stand up comedian and I will get there! Fun facts about me – I love snakes, I’m obsessed with sweets, and in my free time I like to travel around the world and try new kinds of food. My recent theatre credits include: The Jungle Book (Derby Theatre)The Night Before Christmas (Leeds Playhouse) and Messy (ZooCo Theatre Company).

Alex’s Spotlight

Meaningful audience engagement with Sharon Raymond and Rachel Moorhouse

Tuesday 8th September, 3pm – 5pm, online via Zoom (BSL Interpreted).

Follow this link to book your place. Limited capacity, book early to avoid disappointment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art with Heart’s Rachel Moorhouse will be talking all things audience development with community engagement specialist Sharon Raymond. Join us as we discuss grassroots community engagement and share our tips on building meaningful relationships with audiences. The workshop will be interpreted long time Art with Heart Collaborator Rachel Moffatt-Feldman.

Sharon Raymond is an Audience Development and Community Engagement Consultant with over 20 years experience working within Manchester’s cultural sector. Sharon has developed and delivered community engagement campaigns for: Manchester International Festival, Contact, Royal Exchange Theatre, Common Word, Young Identity, Brighter Sounds and The Lowry. Sharon supports organisations in developing meaningful relationships and increasing attendance among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, young people and low-income families. She has introduced many local people to their first cultural experiences.

Thursday 10th September:

Fundraising tips with Sarah Emmott

Thursday 10th September: 45 minute sessions between 1pm – 7:45pm, online.

Follow this link to book a time slot (5 sessions available, book early to avoid disappointment).

**SOLD OUT** All sessions are now fully booked. You can add your name to a waiting list by emailing hello@artwithheart.org.uk and we will contact you if a session becomes available. We are looking to host more sessions in the future and will contact anybody on the wait list as priority.

Sarah Emmott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art with Heart Creative Director and fundraising lead Sarah Emmott hosts 45 minute funding advice sessions. Whether you’re thinking of crowdfunding a new project, applying to ACE project grants or looking to find new funding avenues, Sarah has 8 years of experience in successful bid writing.

Sarah is a producer, theatre-maker, writer, performer and facilitator. She has worked in the arts both nationally and internationally. She has written successful bids to grants such as Arts Council England, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, People’s Postcode Lottery, and The Granada Foundation. She started fundraising out of necessity, but now it’s one of her favourite jobs!

Our Workshops and Advice Sessions have been made possible through funding from Arts Council England and Greater Manchester Combined Authority Culture Fund.