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Tuesday 1 September – Tuesday 8 September 2020


This is a two part workshop
Session 1: Tuesday 1 September, 2–4pm
Session 2: Tuesday 8 September, 2–4pm

For STEAMhouse members only

Led by independent arts consultant, curator and producer Mandy Fowler, this two part workshop will help you develop better applications.

The sessions will be practical and interactive and are designed to improve your understanding of application writing, proposal development and fundraising for Arts activity and give you knowledge and strategies to apply to your own projects and practice.

This workshop is suitable for individual artists and people running arts projects. Please note participants must be available to attend both sessions. This workshop is only open to STEAMhouse members. Find out about joining HERE

We will cover a range of areas including:

Building relationships – Why do you need networks? How do you develop and activate them to create more opportunities? 

Application writing – How do you make good, relevant and well thought through applications for grants and other opportunities?

Reading between the lines – How do you identify what funders or selection panels are actually looking for? What’s the best way to read callouts and application forms and work out what to say, and what to leave out in a proposal?

Making things Fit – How do you make your project relevant to different stakeholders?

Scaling Up – How do you develop a fundraising strategy? How do you align different agendas without losing the essence of your project?

Our Workshop Leader

Mandy Fowler is an independent visual arts consultant, curator and producer working in contemporary visual arts with both galleries and artists. She has worked with institutions such as National Portrait Gallery, National Trust, English Heritage and National Museum of Wales (Cardiff) and major Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations including Nottingham Contemporary, The Whitworth, Turner Contemporary, Modern Art Oxford and Firstsite as well as with the commercial gallery Hauser & Wirth. 

She has recently worked with artists Lubaina Himid (winner of the Turner Prize 2017) and John Akomfrah (winner of Artes Mundi prize 2016), developing the national tours of their work, that led to these major prize nominations and wins. She is also an Advisor for Arts Council of Wales, working across their visual arts portfolio and selecting artists for Creative Wales awards and the British School at Rome. 

Mandy also mentors creative professionals at all stages of their careers, especially at early points in their careers.  She describes her work primarily as ‘strategic bookending’ – developing creative projects and ideas, making them relevant to a range of stakeholders (including funders and investors) so that they can be realised, evaluating and assessing what has been achieved and identifying the next steps to be taken. She has a particular interest in the intersection between creativity and the human condition, both in the historic and contemporary, and in a bringing together a plurality of creative voices from all backgrounds. 

Prior to working on an independent basis, Mandy managed an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and worked in the corporate world across various areas of creative industries.

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