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RCF Events

Check out the RCF calendar of events

Our events are tailor-made for people working in the creative industries – everyone from poets and broadcasters to gallery curators and photography studios. The events include mentoring workshops, networking sessions plus specialist events with topics spanning areas such as social media, marketing, creative writing and business planning.

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How to get more craft sales online – workshop series for designers & makers #3

19th Oct 2017


How to get more craft sales online
A workshop programme with Patricia van den Akker – Director of The Design Trust
Do you want to sell your crafts online but feel overwhelmed by what’s involved and you don’t really know where to start?
Maybe you have a website or Etsy shop already, but you want to get more sales as it’s not really working right now?
Do you need to improve your website and online sales with better images, texts and branding? Do you need to get more visitors and ultimately sales?
This series of three workshops is for you!
In 3 interlinked sessions Patricia will take you step-by-step from the different online selling options to how to improve your website or online shop, from branding your site to attracting the right clients for you and stand out from the competition, to driving traffic and turning interest into sales.
At the end of each session you will get practical homework exercises to put your new knowledge and skills immediately to use, and to get professional feedback and accountability too at the next session.
It’s the perfect time of the year to do this workshop series, so that you will be more ready for the busy Christmas season and can reap the benefits straight away!


Workshop 3: How to get the word out – Thursday 19 October from 1pm – 5pm
In this final session we will focus on how to drive traffic to your site and get more sales.
• We will start with some fundamental marketing concepts to get clients.
• Then we will look at SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), email marketing, social media and ‘traditional’ marketing to help you get interest and sales.
• We will work in detail on ‘what to write, tweet and blog’ about to get interest and sales, and you will start creating your own headlines and social media calendar.
• We will finish this workshop programme with the creation of your own detailed launch plan so that you know exactly what to do to make your website launch a bigger success.

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Digital Horizons – Workshops series

12th Oct 2017


DIGITAL HORIZONS
Thursdays 12/10, 19/10, 26/10 & 02/11/2017, New Art Exchange

Please book a place for each session

This series explores how digital fabrication, artificial intelligence and related technologies will physically and culturally impact the human condition. The objective is to help those working in creative and digital businesses to better understand how cutting-edge and future technologies will expand the potential scope and importance of artistic expression, as well as allowing human civilization to rise to those grand challenges that lie ahead.

FORMAT
The sessions will provide information, as well as enabling discussion and ideas generation within a creative environment. They will also facilitate networking. The structure for each session will be as follows:

17:30: Arrival and refreshments
18:00: Presentation, including interactive audience questions
19:00: Broader discussion, plenary feedback and networking
19:30: Close

The four sessions will cover topics as follows:

1. Sustainability, Future Narratives & Digital Technology
This session explores the future context within which digital technology will increasingly be created and applied. Specifically, it highlights the challenges that surround climate change, planetary overshoot, future energy supply and broader resource scarcity, and the potential solutions that may be associated with both digital technologies and mindset shift. Against this backdrop, the session concludes by exploring the role that may be played by the creative sector in seeding a more sustainable future narrative.

2. Digital Fabrication: 3D Printing & Beyond
3D printing allows digital designs to be turned into physical things by building them up in layers. As this session explores, already we can use multiple technologies to 3D print in plastics, metals, ceramics and living cells – and this is just the beginning of a digital fabrication revolution. Not least, synthetic biology and self-assembly nanotechnology are starting to allow objects to be fabricated directly from binary data. No creative individual should therefore remain ignorant of the future potential of ‘microfabrication’.

3. Synthetic Citizens: The Promise & Peril of AI & Robots
Within the next five years artificial intelligence will transform the interfaces that many people use to interact with organizations, other technologies and fellow human beings. By 2030, we are also likely to be sharing our first planet with highly intelligent robots and autonomous vehicles, while many products will be made in ‘dark factories’. These developments in automation and augmentation are something that the cultural sector cannot ignore, and which are indeed likely to increase the value and requirement for creative and interpersonal skills. This session therefore explores developments in AI, robotics and Big Data, including practical demonstrations of some cloud AI services.

4. Humanity 2.0: Our Cyborg Future?
We are entering an age of post-genomic healthcare in which medical science will be able to ‘upgrade’ as well as maintain our physical selves. In tandem, cybernetics, virtual reality, bioprinting and brain-computer interfaces are increasingly going to facilitate a digital fusion of homo sapiens with AI and other digital technologies. This final, most controversial Digital Horizons session therefore examines the potential role of artists and the digital sector in reflecting and shaping the next phase of our evolution.

BIOGRAPHY
Christopher Barnatt has been a professional futurist for over 20 years and publishes ExplainingTheFuture.com. He has written twelve books including “The Next Big Thing” and “3D Printing: Third Edition”, as well as running YouTube channels that have received over 26 million video views.

For 25 years Christopher lectured in computing and future studies in Nottingham University Business School. As a keynote speaker, he now delivers presentations for a wide range of clients in sectors including food production, financial services, healthcare and the arts.

Christopher has a strong practical interest in the creative sector, and early in his career spent six years producing cartoon animation for the BBC. In addition to his YouTube production, he continues to provide occasional CG animation to companies including ABC News, Google and the BBC. You can find him online at Twitter.com/ChrisBarnatt


Photo Credit: Future by Anoop Kumar (CC BY 2.0)

 

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How to get more craft sales online – workshop series for designers & makers #2

28th Sep 2017


A workshop programme with Patricia van den Akker – Director of The Design Trust

Do you want to sell your crafts online but feel overwhelmed by what’s involved and you don’t really know where to start?
Maybe you have a website or Etsy shop already, but you want to get more sales as it’s not really working right now?
Do you need to improve your website and online sales with better images, texts and branding? Do you need to get more visitors and ultimately sales?

This series of three workshops is for you!

In 3 interlinked sessions Patricia will take you step-by-step from the different online selling options to how to improve your website or online shop, from branding your site to attracting the right clients for you and stand out from the competition, to driving traffic and turning interest into sales.

At the end of each session you will get practical homework exercises to put your new knowledge and skills immediately to use, and to get professional feedback and accountability too at the next session.

It’s the perfect time of the year to do this workshop series, so that you will be more ready for the busy Christmas season and can reap the benefits straight away!


 

Workshop 2: Creating a brand for your website or online shop – Thursday 28 September from 1pm – 5pm
In this 2nd session we will focus on branding and writing, with plenty of practical and creative exercises:
• What is branding really? And why is it important to have an (online) brand?
• How will you stand out and how can you share your personality more in your online presence?
• You will select your own core branding values, which will be at the heart of developing your brand. We will be doing some great creative exercises to help you get to the essence of your brand.
• Then we will look at all aspects of your creative business and identify ideas and actions to make your brand values come alive. From your products and collections, to your images, colours, packaging, texts and much more. You will start to select your own colours, fonts, images and tone of voice. Patricia will share loads of visual examples too for you to learn from.
• How to tell your story and why story telling is so important for small creative businesses. You will start to write your ‘about me’ page in a more authentic and creative way.
• And we finish the day with how to write product descriptions that get you found and sell your work.
• Your homework after this session will be to finish your ‘about me page’ and two product pages (including images and product descriptions).


 

How to set up a creative social enterprise, featuring the MUTO bus.

20th Sep 2017


Social enterprise models have opened up alternative opportunities for creative
people to combine their creative and business skills within projects that have a social
ethos.
Jen Johnson is a textile artist leading the way with MUTO, a new textile project in
association with a homelessness charity based in Leicestershire. MUTO reworks
counterfeit clothing that has been seized by Trading Standards and given to MUTO
to debrand and upcycle instead of sending it to landfill.

 

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Jen works with some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the
community and teaches sewing skills, IT skills, retail and business skills. The project
has been proven to improve self-esteem and confidence, promote positive activities
and reduce isolation.
The MUTO bus will be parking up outside NAE.  Spend the day on board with Jen,
get hands on with some debranding and making while you hear her story and get the
inside track on what’s involved in leading a social enterprise as a creative person.
No previous craft/sewing experience required.  Refreshments and a light lunch will be served as part of the workshop.
This event is the first of our events, working with Janet Currie of The Refectory Table, looking at ways for creative people doing things differently.

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How to get more craft sales online – workshop series for designers & makers #1

14th Sep 2017


A workshop programme with Patricia van den Akker – Director of The Design Trust

Do you want to sell your crafts online but feel overwhelmed by what’s involved and you don’t really know where to start?
Maybe you have a website or Etsy shop already, but you want to get more sales as it’s not really working right now?
Do you need to improve your website and online sales with better images, texts and branding? Do you need to get more visitors and ultimately sales?

This series of three workshops is for you!

In 3 interlinked sessions Patricia will take you step-by-step from the different online selling options to how to improve your website or online shop, from branding your site to attracting the right clients for you and stand out from the competition, to driving traffic and turning interest into sales.

At the end of each session you will get practical homework exercises to put your new knowledge and skills immediately to use, and to get professional feedback and accountability too at the next session.

It’s the perfect time of the year to do this workshop series, so that you will be more ready for the busy Christmas season and can reap the benefits straight away!


Workshop 1: An introduction to selling online and how to launch your own website or online shop in 9 steps. – Thursday 14 September from 1pm – 5pm

In this 1st session we will focus on laying the foundations for your online sales. Patricia will:

• Share with you 9 different ways of selling online, with all the pro and cons. And you will identify which options are best for you.
• Share with you the best ecommerce and website building software to create your own site or blog, or options to work with a developer or designer. This will help you to decide what the best platforms are for you.
• Explain the 9 steps to launch your own website or online shop going through the entire decision making and management process. From setting goals and a deadline, to branding and deciding what products to sell, to costing and pricing your work correctly, to getting the best images and writing text, to how to send your items and promote you site. You will create your own action plan to help you turn your ideas into launching your own site soon.
• At the end of this session you will get practical homework to prepare yourself for the next session, including your action launch plan and doing a brand competitor analysis.


 

Visual Business Planning

Visual Business Planning Workshop Series

5th Sep 2017


New Art Exchange, Tuesdays 5th & 19th September and 3rd October, 1 pm – 4 pm

***This is a Series of Workshops, please book a place for all the events, it will not be possible to join the workshop programme after it’s started***

How to use your own creative process to craft a plan that works for you

Producing a written, traditional business plan can be a struggle, yet we all need to plan to achieve our goals. Each workshop in this series uses practical, visual tools to take you through the planning process, in bite-sized chunks. You’ll share ideas with fellow creatives in the group and follow your own creative process to craft a plan that works for you.

This workshop series is for all creative, right-brained thinkers and even those who hate to plan! It is suitable for those just starting out as well as those looking to kickstart their existing business.

Thinking BIG

In workshop 1, you will explore how to design a business around your personal values and what makes you tick. Using your own create process as the inspiration, you’ll create a vision for your business to keep you inspired, motivated and on track for success.

Crafting Your Story

In workshop 2, you will use practical and creative tools such as storyboards and sketches to help you define what makes you unique, who your customers are and how best to reach them.

Making it Happen

In the final session, you’ll explore how to turn the big vision into action plans that stick, set realistic goals, and map out all the resources you’ll need to keep on track. You’ll finish the session with a practical, visual, business blueprint and simple budget with clear steps to success on your own terms.

About the trainer …

Ellen O’Hara is a creative business coach and has been working with artists, designers, makers and other creatives to start and grow successful businesses for the last 17 years. Ellen previously held roles at award-winning craft incubator Cockpit Arts, the Prince’s Trust and Arts Council England and began her career in management consultancy at Arthur Andersen.

As well as providing one to one support, Ellen has designed programmes for Nesta, Arts Council England, Innovate UK, British Council, Clore Leadership Programme, Crafts Council, National Arts Council Singapore and Business and Arts South Africa.

 

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Business Blogging for Beginners

14th Aug 2017


New Art Exchange, Mon 14 August 2017, 17:00 – 19:30

How much would you like to:

¨ Drive more traffic to your website?

¨ Improve your SEO ranking?

¨ Position you and your business as an expert in your field?

¨ Humanise your business or brand?

¨ Support and reinforce your social media presence?

Businesses that blog benefit from all these bonuses – and much more. Come to our Evening Blogging workshop on Monday 14 August to see, hear and understand how and why blogging will boost your business quickly and effectively.

With plenty of time for questions, and the opportunity for one-to-one coaching, you will leave the workshop feeling eager to get started with blogging and ready to maximise your business opportunities

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Instagram for Business Beginners Workshop

7th Aug 2017


New Art Exchange, Mon 7 August 2017, 17:00 – 19:30

Instagram is the world’s second-most engaged network after Facebook, with 600 million+ active users and 60% of them logging on daily. It’s growing at a rapid pace, and is highly visual (and who doesn’t like looking at beautiful pictures?) It’s easy to use and light on words, so you don’t have to think too much to use it. Win-win.

Instagram lets you show your personality quicker and more effectively than any text post. And it’s for all types of businesses – there are many types of photos Business to Business companies can use

In the Evening Workshop you will see, hear and understand:

¨ How to open an Instagram account

¨ Instagram terminology and jargon

¨ Creating an Instagram Bio (biography) that gets results

¨ Why hashtags are vitally important on Instagram

¨ Instagram Filters and how to use them

¨ How and what to post on Instagram

With plenty of time for questions, and the opportunity for one-to-one coaching, you will leave the workshop feeling eager to get started on Instagram, know how to use it confidently and ready to maximise your business opportunities

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LinkedIn for Beginners and Intermediates Workshop

24th Jul 2017


New Art Exchange,  Mon 24 July 2017, 17:00 – 19:30

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional social network. With over half a billion users globally, one in three people on the planet are on LinkedIn. In a world of scams, spam and other online nasties, being on LinkedIn provides your audience with visibility and is an important trust factor in your personal branding.

If you want opportunities come to you, your optimised LinkedIn profile will bring new clients, potential partners, new business, suppliers, a new job and more

In this Evening Workshop you will see, hear and understand:

¨ How to set up an appealing profile that gets you noticed

¨ The LinkedIn basics you must get right

¨ How to build your professional network

¨ How to write LinkedIn posts and what to say

¨ Messages, invitations, notifications, settings, privacy and much more . . . .

With plenty of time for questions, and the opportunity for one-to-one coaching, you will leave the workshop feeling inspired to get started with LinkedIn, know how to use it professionally and confident that your profile stands out from the crowd

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Twitter for Business Beginners Workshop

17th Jul 2017


New Art Exchange, Mon 17 July 2017, 17:00 – 19:30

If your business is not on Twitter yet, your competitors are, and they are getting their marketing messages, news and special deals out to your target audience right now. Not only that, your customers are looking on Twitter for products or services like yours. 72% of Twitter followers are likely to make a purchase after following or engaging with a business on Twitter because reading and engaging with their tweets keeps that company top of mind.

In this Evening Workshop you will see, hear and understand:

¨ How set up an attractive Twitter profile

¨ Twitter terminology and jargon

¨ The Twitter basics you must get right

¨ Talking on Twitter – how and what to tweet including photo’s, videos and links

¨ How to find and follow people to build your network

¨ What hashtags are and how to use them . . . and much more . . .

With plenty of time for questions, and the opportunity for one-to-one coaching, you will leave the workshop feeling inspired to get started with Twitter, know how to use it professionally and confidently and eager to start tweeting

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Facebook for Business Beginners Workshop

10th Jul 2017


New Art Exchange, Mon 10 July 2017, 17:00 – 19:30

Facebook is one of the most powerful free tools available for companies to connect with their customers. There are over 65 million businesses with a Facebook Business Page and more than 1.9 billion users log into monthly, therefore Facebook marketing must be a high priority for all small businesses.

In this Evening Workshop you will see, hear and understand:

¨ How to set up an attractive Facebook Page that gets results

¨ The basics you must get right

¨ Facebook terminology and jargon

¨ How and what to post on Facebook

¨ How to include photos, images, videos and links

¨ Settings, security and privacy . . . and much more

With plenty of time for questions, and the opportunity for one-to-one coaching, you will leave the workshop feeling inspired to get started with your Facebook Page, know how to use it professionally and confidently and eager to start maximising your business opportunities

 

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Shouting Quietly – Promote: Pitch: Present with Pete Mosley

6th Jun 2017


9th May, 6th, 13th & 27th June, 1 pm – 4.30 pm, at New Art Exchange

A series of 4 afternoon workshops where you can build confidence in your presentational skills and learn how to present, pitch and speak about your work effectively.

These workshops are suitable for people with little or no experience, as well as those who are already confident and wish to finesse their skills.

The aim of the workshops is to:

  • Build your confidence in self-promotion, and in preparing and delivering pitches, talks and presentations.
  • Help you develop your own personal style and approach so you can work out where and how you can present your ideas most effectively – be that 1-1, small groups, workshops, pitches or public talks.
  • You will earn a wide range of skills and techniques so that you have a wide range of options to call on when preparing to promote, pitch or present.
  • You will also get to practice new skills via try-out sessions in a safe environment.

At the end of the workshop series we may run a public ‘Pecha Kucha’ type of event for those who want to move towards presenting in front of larger audiences.

Please book here for each session

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Work Out of the Office Day

31st May 2017


We are delighted to announce that we will be at Primary on the last Wednesday of May! 

Join the Real Creative Futures team on the last Wedensday of May at Primary to work, collaborate and meet interesting people in this unique creative facility for artists, the public and the communities of Nottingham and beyond!

Just bring your laptop or whatever you need to get work done and be inspired by spending a day out of the office. We will provide you with a space to work, WiFi, stimulating conversations… and lunch & refreshements are on us!

If you would like to come along please let us know by booking a place so that we can be ready for you – this means that we’ll have enough food for everybody!

During this session we’ll be sharing tips and skills about Mailchimp and other marketing platforms you can use to manage your contacts and promote your business, bring your technology! 

Book here


Primary is an artist-led space that supports creative research through artist studios and residencies, public exhibitions and events.

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Bouncebackability half day workshop with The Art of Brilliance

5th May 2017


Come learn the ability to bounce back when things get heavy

5th May, 9.30 am – 1 pm, New Art Exchange

Whilst a lucky few seem hardwired to bounce back and grow in the face of full-on change, adversity and setbacks, it doesn’t come automatically to most of us. The brilliant news is that ‘bouncebackability’ is a learned behaviour. We can all cultivate personal skills and resources which help us not just cope better with stress, but embrace change and use challenges as opportunities to grow.

At the ‘Art of Brilliance’ they talk about the minority of people (‘2%ers’) who have passion, energy, enthusiasm and zest. They’re great to have on board because their positivity impacts on those around them. They also happen to possess what we call ‘ordinary magic’, an ability to bounce back when things get heavy. This workshop drills down into their resilience. What skills do they possess? What do they actively do to help themselves cope and deal with change and challenge? What support systems do they have? By understanding their recipe for success, we can help others build their own reserves of resilience.

‘Bouncebackability’ uses the latest thinking in areas of positive psychology, post-traumatic growth, CBT, growth mindsets, learned optimism and explanatory styles. The good news they will be careful to disguise these concepts and deliver a session that is thought-provoking and great fun.

Book your place, now!

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RCF 2.0 Showcase Event

24th Apr 2017


The evening will be a great opportunity to find out about the Real Creative Futures programme successes and future plans, plus live street art, music, drinks and food!

Mon 24 April 2017, 5.30 pm – 8.30 pm at New Art Exchange

Come listen to some of the most inspiring local creatives’ stories, learn about their practice and what they felt they benefited from participating in RCF and how they have moved on since: Saziso Phiri from The Anti Gallery, Dizzy Ink and Louise White Theatrician will be sharing with us their story, plus Emily Catherine Illustration and other creative business owners will be showcasing their work throughout the evening…

… together with live street art by ‘Dilk’ – internationally renowned graffiti artist and the owner of the first and only ‘Montana’ spray paint shop in the UK, based in Hockley.

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NEW! The evening will also be an opportunity to sign up to the newly formed ‘NG7 Business Forum’ open to entrepreneurs from all industries and aiming to create connections in the NG7 area and to strengthen business & networking opportunities within the local communities.
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The RCF team, The Big House partners and other creatives like you will be around, so join the event to network, sign up and join our programme!
To attend and network, book your place here!