What is Durham Creatives?
We support emerging artists and creative practitioners who want to make money from their talents and start or grow businesses.
Since 2012 we have supported the creation of over 80 new businesses in County Durham and helped hundreds of small creative businesses to establish themselves and grow.
What can we do for you?
The nature of what we can offer changes over time as new opportunities emerge and we secure funding to run events and workshops, and provide one-to-one mentoring support. We also deliver bespoke projects to create commercial opportunities and have collaborated successfully with the likes of Baltic, Sage Gateshead, Durham Cathedral, Durham DLI Art Gallery, the National Glass Centre, Beamish Museum and Bowes Museum.
We’ve also run programmes to help creative people make the most of opportunities by helping them develop practical commercial skills: we are currently delivering a digital inclusion programme to help creatives improve their productivity and extend their market reach.
This spring we will be launching a new programme of activities for creative practitioners exploring opportunities within rural areas and the heritage and tourism sectors – we’ll post more information about this on our ‘What’s On’ page as the programme develops.
We plan to continue with a monthly programme of Creative Exchange events which are designed to help practitioners stay connected and learn from people with a story to tell or opportunities to promote. Our menu of upcoming events will also be posted on our ‘What’s On’ page but if you wish to be sure you’re alerted to what’s happening through our newsletter please register your contact details.
THE INSPIRERS ARE CALLING!
Crafter's Companion are looking for talented UK & Dutch papercrafters, colourists and sewists to join a new design team – The Inspirers!
Business Durham and Durham County Council would like to invite you to a business breakfast to help shape the County and its economy by contributing to the County Durham Plan, on 12th May from 08.00 until 10.00 at The River Green Centre, Akeley Heads Durham
This event will allow businesses to have a direct input into the future direction of the County in terms of Economic development, employment land and its overall prosperity, we believe your opinions and views are key to shaping a successful County Durham.
The Self-E programme is a free workshop providing start ups and business owners with an opportunity to consider their skills, strengths and weaknesses, and personality type. The workshop will help attendees to explore their goals and to develop an action plan
We are delighted to be working with new North East business Messy Magpie - which is an online card company specifically looking to work with local artists and have a selection of unique designs and images available to customers via their online card shop. The opportunity is to allow the use of your images on the website for buyers looking to purchase greetings cards and in return you will receive a small payment each time your design is used. Those whose images and works are selected will also receive a framed copy of their first print off the press.
Spring Open Studios in Ouseburn
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th March 2016, 10am - 5pm
Join The Biscuit Factory, Chilli Studios, Northern Print, 36 Lime Street, Jim Edwards Studio Gallery and Mushroom Works for the first ever two day Spring Open Studios event!