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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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The Importance of Social Media with Holly Booth

7th Mar 2018


Holly realized early on the power and importance of social media and has long been an advocate of using different social media to promote her business and carve out a niche in the digital world.  She will talk about how photographers can benefit from the many different ways that social media can promote their work.

Holly established Holly Booth Photography in 2010 after completing a degree in Commercial Photography. She works with makers, designers, crafts and independent small retailers across the UK, Europe and the US, helping them to capture the beautiful items they produce in a manner which does them justice. She works with clients to produce images for use on-line, product shots and interiors.

The ‘conversation with photographers’ series has been brought to you with support from Real Creative Futures, Photo-Parlour and Nottingham Photo-social.

 

For further information:

www.realcreativefutures.co.uk

http://www.photo-parlour.com/

www.facebook.com/events/680310935490168/

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Creative Copyright and Intellectual Property with Linda Marchant

7th Feb 2018


Linda teaches photography, and until recently was Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Photography course at Nottingham Trent University, with responsibility for Professional Practice as well as a module leader for the dissertation. Linda is currently the Employability Coordinator for the School of Art and Design.

Linda’s research centres on issues related to professional photographic practice in relation to copyright and aesthetic and commercial value. She also explores the historical and contemporary nature of celebrity portraiture and photographers. She will talk about how photographers in this digital era can identify, utilise and secure their intellectual property and copyright.

Wednesday 7th February 2018 6pm at Photo Parlour

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How Creatives Can Work With Museum Collections

16th Jan 2018


Museums are a huge resource for creative inspiration, knowledge, research, and increasingly the chance to work with a wide cross section of people, objects and stories.

This workshop at Derby Museum, with artist and curator Jane Bevan, is ideal for creative and digital entrepreneurs interested in accessing museum collections or creating projects with museums.

The day will focus on the opportunities to work with museums both as a resource for your own work, and as a potential project partner.

Jane Bevan began her career in museums and galleries, curating contemporary art exhibitions and working with artists and collections for over 25 years. In 2009 she changed career to study Craft: Sustainability and Innovation at the University of Derby.

Now, as well as her own arts practice Jane works at Derby Museum as a curator in the Co-production team for a new World Cultures Gallery.

The day will include:

  • An overview of current curatorial practice including the increased role of the public in shaping the displays, exhibitions and activity of Derby Museums
  • Opportunities for creative and digital artists in museums in the UK and internationally, with examples, including artists working politically with collections
  • Collections and object handling
  • A fun and intriguing creative activity co-creating a collection from found materials (No previous craft experience required)
  • Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you have any dietry requirments and we will make the catering team aware

You’ll come away with a real insight into how you can engage as a practitioner with museums, and some ideas for future projects or collaborations and how to follow them up. This is one of our events, working with Janet Currie of The Refectory Table, looking at ways for creative people to think about doing things differently.

Please note, as there are extremly limited places, please only book onto the event if you can commit to the whole day.

Thank you!

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A Conversation with John Blakemore

10th Jan 2018


John Blakemore was born in Coventry in 1936. In the 1950’s he travelled to Libya with the Royal Air Force whilst on National Service, and it was during this time he discovered photography. Further inspiration came from Edward Steichen’s The Family of Man and also childhood experiences during the Second World War. Following his own return from National Service, Blakemore began to photograph the people of Coventry and its reconstruction after the war. Completely self-taught, John Blakemore worked under the Black Star agency as a freelance photographer. He then evolved his personal work to become one of England’s leading landscape photographers.

He worked in diverse areas of photography from documentary, through portraiture to still life, with a particular focus in more recent years on tulips as symbols of sensuality and elegance. Blakemore is celebrated for the detail, texture and tonal richness of his work. Blakemore began teaching in the late 1970s, and became a major figure in what was then seen as a ‘British obsession with photography’. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Photography at the University of Derby, where he taught from 1970 to 2001. Holding an MA in film studies, he is also an external assessor for the Royal College of Art. John Blakemore’s books include Inscape (1991), Stilled Gaze (1994) and John Blakemore’s Black and White Photography Workshop (2005). His work has been exhibited world-wide and he is widely regarded as one of the finest photographers and printers in the United Kingdom. Blakemore has been the recipient of Arts Council awards, a British Council Traveling Exhibition and in 1992 he won the coveted Fox Talbot Award for Photography. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1998.

Wednesday 10th January 6pm, Nottingham. Location to be confirmed.

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How to Shout Quietly Workshop Series Part 2 Session 3

12th Dec 2017


P Mosley

 

Following on from the first series, we will be running a series of three follow on workshops with Pete Moseley from the Art of Work, exploring the nature of crafting a narrative, presenting and pitching, with the idea of holding some form of ‘talk’ event in front of your RCF peers.

The next three sessions  – part two of the Shouting Quietly series  – are standalone events and each session has a specific focus.

If you have already attended one or more of the Shouting Quietly workshops, these will help you develop your ideas and skills even further. If you haven’t but have an interest in these specific areas, they will work for you too.

The full Shouting Quietly programme will run again in the Spring if you want the chance to attend a full programme of workshops on self-promotion for quieter people.

Session Three – Rehearsal – Tuesday 12th December at 13:00 to 16:30 at NAE
If you attend session one or two of this series, or if you have attended the summer workshops, this session will help you tie together all the loose ends and have a dry run of your pitch or presentation in a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment.

 

 

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Gallery Curation with Armindokht Shooshtari

6th Dec 2017


Armindokht will be talking about how as photographers can approach and work with galleries, curators and collectors

Armindokht will be talking about how as photographers can approach and work with galleries, curators and collectors. Born in Tehran, Armindokht Shooshtari is a creative producer, curator and specialist in photography from Iran and the Middle East. She completed her MA in Photography at Nottingham Trent University and received her BA in Photography from Islamic Azad University, Iran. Over the last five years, Armindokht has been working at New Art Exchange, as well as working as a freelance Curator in the UK and providing curatorial support to a number of galleries in Iran. To date she has curated over fifteen socially engaged interdisciplinary exhibitions in the UK. Artists she has worked with in the past include: Faiza Butt, Yara El-Sherbini, Mahtab Hussain, Rawiya Collective, Bahbak Hashemi Nezhad, Feng-Ru Lee, Sunil Shah, Beverley Bennett, Juan Delgado and Sarah Maple.In September 2016 Armindokht was selected to take part in Beyond the Frame, a 22-month long professional development project led by International Curators Forum, London and directed by David A. Bailey, MBE. The project aims to tackle the under-representation of curators from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds at senior levels within the visual arts.
Wednesday 6th December at 18:00 to 20:30 at NAE

How to Shout Quietly Workshop Series Part 2 Session 2

5th Dec 2017


P Mosley

 

Following on from the first series, we will be running a series of three follow on workshops with Pete Moseley from the Art of Work, exploring the nature of crafting a narrative, presenting and pitching, with the idea of holding some form of ‘talk’ event in front of your RCF peers.

The next three sessions  – part two of the Shouting Quietly series  – are standalone events and each session has a specific focus.

If you have already attended one or more of the Shouting Quietly workshops, these will help you develop your ideas and skills even further. If you haven’t but have an interest in these specific areas, they will work for you too.

The full Shouting Quietly programme will run again in the Spring if you want the chance to attend a full programme of workshops on self-promotion for quieter people.

Session Two – Getting better at telling your Story – Tuesday 5th December at 13:00 to 16:30 at NAE
The best way to connect with an audience or community of interest (customers too!) is by telling your story effectively.

This session will help you refine your storytelling skills and ensure that you have all the information and material to tell a multi-facets story – it’s not just about words! This session will help you with both offline and online promotional activity.

 

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Don’t Worry About Cool: design, make, print your own logo

24th Nov 2017


The logo workshop aims to allow creative people to explore with Chiara the workshop facilitator, the different ways to make their logo using a DIY approach. They will have the chance to learn the basic of the creative process of design a logo. They will develop their idea from the concept to the printing session. Participants will explore the different ways to apply their logo on other promotional materials, like: flyer, packaging, business card, website

The workshops will be delivered over the course of three consecutive days, including:

Session 3:

17:00: Arrival and refreshments
17:30: develop and making your stamp logo with linocut
18:00: experiment different application of it, finalise your logo
18:30: printing session

Friday 24th November at 17:00 to 19:00 at Surface Gallery 
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Don’t Worry About Cool: design, make, print your own logo

23rd Nov 2017


The logo workshop aims to allow creative people to explore with Chiara the workshop facilitator, the different ways to make their logo using a DIY approach. They will have the chance to learn the basic of the creative process of design a logo. They will develop their idea from the concept to the printing session. Participants will explore the different ways to apply their logo on other promotional materials, like: flyer, packaging, business card, website

The workshops will be delivered over the course of three consecutive days, including:

Session 2.

17:00: Arrival and refreshments
17:30: from the idea to the final logo (colors, image, pattern, typography)
18:00: basic exercises of logo uses on promotional materials
18:30: Brief introduction to the linocut technique to make your own “stamp logo”.#

 

Thursday 23rd November at 17:00 to 19:00 at Surface Gallery 

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Don’t Worry About Cool; design, make, print your own logo

22nd Nov 2017


The logo workshop aims to allow creative people to explore with Chiara the workshop facilitator, the different ways to make their logo using a DIY approach. They will have the chance to learn the basic of the creative process of design a logo. They will develop their idea from the concept to the printing session. Participants will explore the different ways to apply their logo on other promotional materials, like: flyer, packaging, business card, website

The workshops will be delivered over the course of three consecutive days, including:

Session 1.

17:00: Arrival and refreshments
17:30: Presentation, brainstorming about the nature of the each business, the values, what do you want to communicate
18:00: basics of the graphic process to design a logo
18:30: generating ideas methods, broader discussion, evaluation of your ideas

 

Wednesday 22nd November at 17:00 to 19:00 at Surface Gallery 

How to Shout Quietly Workshop Series Part 2 Session 1

14th Nov 2017


 

P Mosley

 

Following on from the first series, we will be running a series of three follow on workshops with Pete Moseley from the Art of Work, exploring the nature of crafting a narrative, presenting and pitching, with the idea of holding some form of ‘talk’ event in front of your RCF peers.
The next three sessions  – part two of the Shouting Quietly series  – are standalone events and each session has a specific focus.

If you have already attended one or more of the Shouting Quietly workshops, these will help you develop your ideas and skills even further. If you haven’t but have an interest in these specific areas, they will work for you too.

The full Shouting Quietly programme will run again in the Spring if you want the chance to attend a full programme of workshops on self-promotion for quieter people.

Session One – Speaking and Pitching – Tuesday 14th November at 13:00 to 16:30 at NAE
If your primary aim is to get ready to talk or pitch for the first time – or you need to hone these skills – this session will help you with the preparation of a talk or pitch, guidance on delivery and lots of tips on how to deal with nerves and confidence issues.

 

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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.