Creativity Thirst Flowerfield


Are you are considering setting up your own business in the Creative Industries? Or looking to make a little extra income with your creative skills? Well this FREE project is for you.
This short, accessible programme will enable learners to develop a full business plan and a portfolio, including IT presentations and promotional material of their craft/ skills. Participants will also receive guidance from a mentor who will prompt and guide them through this experience.And all within a creative learning environment. This project has been developed by the WEA in response to specific needs identified in the Creative Industries and follows on from the highly successful pilot scheme which took place last year.

Who’s it for?

Anyone living who holds qualifications in their particular skills area at Level 2 or above and wants to explore income generationor self-employment in the Creative Industries. Applicants must attend a short interview towards the end of January 2010 before beginning the programme.

Where will the training take place?
FlowerfieldArts Centre,Coleraine Road, Portstewart

What will I be doing?
Learners must complete both courses – one course is a qualification from CCEA Council for the Curriculum Examinations and the other is accredited with the Open College Network Northern Ireland (OCNNI).

Irresistible Business CCEA Level 2:
Thursday 18th February 2010, 6.45pm to 9.45pm for 13 weeks.
An opportunity to look at what exactly is required in being self-employed and gain support in initial steps in setting up in business. This is the ideal entry point for those wishing to get involved in business start-up and will allow you to explore the implications of selfemployment and starting/running your own business.

Professional Practice inThe Creative Industries OCN Level 1:
February 27th, 13th and 27th March, 10am to 4.30pm each Saturday.
The course is suitable for those who wish to develop their professional profile (including the use of presentation skills if necessary), consider employment opportunities or self employment which would result in gaining work in the Creative Industries.

Taster Sessions:

TwoTaster Sessions will take place in FlowerfieldArts Centre in support of these courses. Please watch the
WEA and Flowerfield websites for further details of these sessions as anyone with an interest in this area will be welcome to come along.These will be led by NI based role models already working in the industry at a local or international level. For further information please return the tear-off slip or contact Carole Kane on 02890329718 or . Please register interest before the 21st January 2010.

Here is what other people said of the last Creativity Thirst:
Elaine Hill, a Photographer who participated on last year’s pilot project, comments:

"Prior to starting the course my work revolved around PR shots,weekly gigs and the occasional wedding. I was lacking focus. Creativity Thirst has given me this focus and has helped me think outside the box and now my weddings have doubled. My understanding of self promotion and finance has increased; as has my confidence. I would recommend this programme to anyone who wants to make the most of their career."

Arts Officer and Flowerfield Arts Centre Manager Malcolm Murchison (pictured above) comments:
"This course offers the perfect helping hand for those who want to make a start with their business in the creative industries – the programme will help participants to develop a full business plan, a portfolio, and promotional material through the use of specialised mentors relevant to their business idea. Coleraine Council recognises that the creative industries is a major growth sector and contributor to wealth in the economy and initiatives such as this offer the perfect opportunity for individual talents to develop business ideas and make their own contribution to the development of this exciting sector."

This project is supported by the Creative Industries Innovation fund.The funding bodies are the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure (DCAL).Thanks to this support, this project is FREE to participants.





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