Creative Opportunities: March 2023
Your monthly round up of news, events, opportunities, call-outs and funding
Two things from us this fine Friday:
We still have some tickets left for PechaKucha tomorrow at Hungate Reading Cafe! PechaKucha is your chance to hear talks by your peers, updating you on the most exciting new projects and developments happening in York. Grab a ticket here.
We’re also looking for beta testers for a new project we’re launching called NODE. NODE is a professional network for York’s Creative & Digital sectors, offering networking opportunities, workspace and one to one business support. If you like to find out more about NODE drop us an email at email@example.com asking for more info.
Have a wonderful month!
Ben & Team YC
The annual Creative Coalition Festival returns, with free online panels, talks, workshops, and performances.
The festival brings together a huge range of inspirational and interesting creatives who will present and discuss a range of topical issues related to the UK’s creative and cultural industries.
The festival will take place remotely and is open to anyone in the UK
There is no fee to attend
Panels and lectures will explore a number of topics including innovative technologies within the arts, sustainability and environmental responsibility, and how we can drive diversity and inclusivity within the sector. The festival will also offer a number of networking opportunities for attendees and performances from up-and-coming and established artists.
WORKSHOP: How to Apply to the Arts Council’s DYCP
Friday 3rd March 15:30pm - 17:30pm
Pay what you can
This workshop from SLAP, led by artist and producer Matt Allen, will provide you with valuable tips for preparing and submitting your DYCP bid.
Matt will talk you through how to set up a Grantium account (ACE’s application portal), how to register for funding, the attachments and supporting documents that you will need to submit, the end-to-end funding process, and tips for writing a successful funding application.
The workshop is open to anyone who would like support with their DYCP application.
EVENT: Creative Drinks
Friday 3rd March - 6pm to 10pm
Tickets are £4
Creative Drinks is a monthly social for York's creative community. Come along to enjoy a drink, some street food, and meet some new people. Whether you're a student, a young professional, a seasoned pro, or a retiree - all are welcome!
Each attendee will also receive a lovely yellow York Creatives badge, and 10% off drinks at Piccadilly Tap and the Bohemian Bar. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult and booking is required.
EVENT: York Ceramics Fair
Saturday 4th March 10.00am - 5.00pm & Sunday 5th March 10.00am - 4.00pm
Tickets start from £6.13 with booking fee
York Ceramics Fair returns in 2023. Run by the artist-led Craft Potters Association, the fair brings together some of the finest makers working in clay and provides a great opportunity to buy directly from the artists and support the sector, with no commission taken by CPA.
With over 50 artists set to exhibit their work at this year’s festival, there is expected to be a huge range of excellent quality ceramics on offer.
York Racecourse is a fully accessible venue and offers blue badge parking and step-free access.
EVENT: ‘Wayward Girls & Wicked Women’ - An International Women’s Day Poetry Night
Wednesday 8th March 19.00 - 21.30pm
Friargate Quaker Meeting House, York
In honour of international women’s day, this intimate, unplugged event will showcase local poets and their explorations of womanhood.
As well as scheduled performances, the evening will also include an ‘open mic’ style showcase, welcoming attendees to share their own work.
FREE WORKSHOPS: The Creativity Lab, multiple dates.
These workshops take place at the University of York’s Library.
Taking VR to the Next Level (9 Mar)
Mastering 3D Capture (15 Mar)
Mastering Spatial Audio (23 Mar)
Use the links above to view more info and reserve a free space.
WORKSHOP + GRANT: A fun and friendly one-day workshop for entrepreneurs who want to start their business + £1K in grant funding
THE DEADLINE for applying for the grant is Sunday 26th February
York’s budding entrepreneurs are being invited to learn essential business skills and win one of ten £1,000 grants at a StartUp Saturday event at the city’s historic Guildhall on 11 March 2023.
From practical advice to inspirational stories from a panel of local business founders, the fun and interactive day-long session will equip attendees with everything they need to successfully start or scale up their enterprise.
FUNDING: Developing Your Creative Practice - Arts Council England
Applications open Tuesday 28th March 2023
Open to Artists and Creatives across England
No application fee
The fund is designed to support independent creative and cultural practitioners to reshape and redefine their practice in an ever changing climate. Through DYCP, the Arts Council offers grants of between £2,000 and £10,000, with a view to providing grantees with the time and resources needed to develop their creative practice.
Your application should clearly identify your development opportunity, this could be a period of research, exploration of new creative ideas, travelling, training, networking or mentoring, but you must clearly identify how this will support your development as a creative practitioner.
Full eligibility criteria and details of the fund can be found on the ACE website and in the applicant guidance.
FUNDING: The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs (DBACE) 2023
Applications will close at midnight on Friday 31st March
Applicants must be legally resident in the UK between January 2023 and June 2024
There is no application fee
DBACE provides funding and tailored business support to visionary creative entrepreneurs who have a strong idea or existing business in, or in support of, the creative industries. Offering grants of up to £20,000, the programme aims to support those that want to create positive social impact through their enterprise.
You don’t need to have an established business, but you must be able to demonstrate that your idea or enterprise sits within the creative industries or will create a clear service in support of the sector.
This is a competitive fund, so be sure to read the eligibility criteria and guidance in full before preparing your application.
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