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Free Training for Unemployed Artists

CAN Do Creatives – and they’re off!

CAN is an expert in artist development, especially for new migrant artists, and those under-represented in the creative sector.  We launched our new CAN DO Creatives course on Tuesday 22 September 2020.

The course provides targeted training for 21 artists and creatives from a range of artistic disciplines and backgrounds. The programme has the options of either online or in-person training.

This is CAN’s first face-to-face work since lockdown started.   

This free course, funded by the European Social Fund, will support unemployed artists and creatives facing the challenges of building a successful creative career, especially in these uncertain times.

The course delivers bespoke training in employability, including:

Confidence and presentation skills;

Self-employment and finance;

Successful project planning including applying for funding and commissions;

Marketing and networking to grow a profile; ensuring an artist’s practice meets relevant legislation such as health and safety;

Creative sessions to develop a digital showcase of artists’ work to conclude the programme.

The course includes a Survival Skills for the Real World unit where artists can share ideas and talk about working in the current climate of COVID.

COVID has presented more challenges for artists  than just social-distancing and isolation. 

The pandemic is having a huge negative impact on opportunities for artists and the sector is becoming even more competitive. This is a particular challenge for unemployed artists who are new to the UK, emerging artists and those keen to reignite their careers. The landscape of COVID means, that now, more than ever,  there’s a need for artists to upskill, network, grow their profile, and share strategies and approaches.

The first unit, delivered by trainer, Linda Horsburgh related to building confidence, with lots of practical exercises, discussion as well as some theory. The unit was delivered to small groups in person, and online. Participants at the face-to-face sessions were, of course, suitably masked and socially distanced, and delighted to connect.

“Thanks for the session today. Confidence is something that fluctuates for me. I can go from feeling confident about my practise to feeling really low in confidence so today was helpful.”

This programme is funded by the European Social Fund.


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