Professional Development 2022

As part of an ongoing series that aims to help you develop your creative business, each year Colonnade House hosts several Professional Development Weeks that encompass a variety of events designed to share and build skills. This September, Colonnade House is hosting a range of informative and engaging events, including the Space to Make Sessions and talks on funding from Arts Council England.

Booking is essential for all events;


Arts Council England

How to Apply to Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants

Wednesday 7 September // 15.00 – 17.00

Relationship Manager for Creative Media, Peter Davison & Relationship Manager for Museums, Michael Cooke for the South East from Arts Council England will be running an introductory session, offering advice on applying for funding from ACE. Including;

– The new guidance for applicants

– Recent changes to the programme and what they mean for potential applications

– Useful tips and things to remember to create strong applications

Places are limited so please book your free ticket.

Book here.

shake it up creative

Shake It Up Creative! 100% Organic: SEO Fundamentals

Thursday 8 September // 09.30 – 11.00 // £30 – £50 // Booking Essential

Having a live website doesn’t mean that people will automatically find it. Search engine optimisation is the marketing tool you need to understand and use to get your site seen on the web amongst millions of other websites competing for searchers’ attention. Learn the basics and get started yourself, saving valuable digital marketing budget.

About Shake It Up Creative:

They are an award-winning, ambitious and highly skilled design and marketing company based in Worthing, West Sussex specialising in websites, digital & traditional marketing, websites, PR and SEO. They like to work with their clients not just for them.

Rachael Dines has been a speaker at the renowned Brighton SEO conference, at many Enterprise Nation small business events and the live expert guest on the LBC Business Show with Clive Bull, answering SEO questions.

Book here.

Shake It Up Creative! Creating Joyful Reels

Thursday 8 September // 11.15 – 13.15 // £30 – £50 // Booking Essential

Over the last year, Reels have become Instagram’s fastest-growing feature worldwide. Reels (and TikTok) have given rise to viral dance trends, made hit songs from indie performers, pioneered new styles of comedy and – as with every new social media evolution – provided a new way for people to share goofy videos of their pets.

But how – and why – are businesses jumping on the Reels bandwagon? Whether you love them, loathe them, or feel totally confused by them, data shows that content on Instagram Reels gets around 20% more engagement compared to regular videos on Instagram.

In this workshop, they’ll show you how to bring the JOY into your Instagram Reels and create content that showcases what you have to offer in a way that’s impactful, fun and easy.

About The Joyful:

They’re on a mission to grow impactful, purpose-driven businesses through the power of impact-led brand and marketing. They’ll turn your big, bold business vision into a fully-formed brand with an authentic identity and powerful communications strategy that makes a positive impact on people and the planet, as well as your bottom line. Let’s put the joy into your business!

Book here.


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Creatives! Free 1-to-1 help sessions on marketing, SEO & PR with #ShakeitHub

Thursday 8 September // 30 min slots from 14.30 // Free // Booking Essential

Have a free 1-to-1 session with Rachael Dines, founder of Shake It Up Creative via this special edition of #ShakeItHUB.

Rachael has 20+ years marketing experience and is a Chartered Marketer. #ShakeItHUB has been dedicated to helping small business owners, one person marketing departments and freelancers by answering burning questions on marketing, websites, SEO and PR since 2015.

About Shake It Up Creative

“We are an award-winning, ambitious and highly skilled marketing and web company based in Worthing, West Sussex specialising in websites, digital & traditional marketing, design, PR and SEO. We like to work with our clients not just for them.”

Rachael Dines has been a speaker at the renowned Brighton SEO conference, at many Enterprise Nation small business events and the live expert guest on the LBC Business Show with Clive Bull, answering SEO questions. Reserve your spot today.

Book here.


Square Hole Podcast

Square Hole: Translations of neurodiverse stories

Thursday 8 September // 18.00 – 19.30 //  Free // Booking Essential 

Join producers Lorna Allan & Jhinuk Sarkar for an evening talk and workshop through a neurodiverse lens.

They will take you through the inception of their project Square Hole, a podcast looking at neurodiversity and employment within the creative industries.

The second half of the evening will be spent experimenting with different materials to produce translations and interpretations of the podcast’s neurodiverse stories to demonstrate alternative ways of engagement to the traditional podcast.

About Square Hole:

Square Hole is a podcast about Neurodiversity and employment in the creative industry, created & developed by two Neurodiverse creatives: Lorna Allan & Jhinuk Sarkar.

The podcast explores understanding different stages of diagnosis to development, education, career & working environments through to audience experience. Lorna and Jhinuk discuss the interviews and reflect on their own experiences through the x4 thematic episodes and all x16 interviews are available to listen to in full.

A main motive for the podcast is to give more accessibility to the traditional podcast format by developing alternative ways to interact with the subject matter, including visual transcription, tactile instructions (to follow along with), imagery & sound pieces.

The aim of the podcast is to bring awareness to the advantages of a diverse creative team, to evidence intersectional & collaborative working projects, research & a multimedia art piece that is a result from the production of the podcast itself.

Find out more here >

 Book here.


Space to Make Project

Space to Make Sessions: Laser cutting & 3D printing

Friday 9 & Saturday 10 September // 10.00 – 12.00 & 14.00 – 16.00 // Free // Booking Essential 

Book a two-hour session on our amazing Glowforge laser cutter! We can take you through the basics, or bring your own project ready to go.

Find out how to cut and engrave designs into a range of materials using our Glowforge laser cutter. You may already have a project ready to go, or you may want a tour of the basics to get an idea of what is possible, but in either case book a two hour session and we will assist you to use the machine and show you what it can do.

If you don’t know about the Glowforge, please take a look at their website and community pages to see some of the amazing things that have been made and find out more about the capabilities and limitations of these machines here.

We will provide some basic materials for people who are new to Glowforge to use as test pieces but if you have a specific project you will need to provide your own materials. If so, please ensure that they are compatible with a Glowforge Basic machine.


Book a 3D Printing session – whether it’s your first time ever, or you have a project ready to print, we will guide you through.

Get started with 3D printing with help from staff at Colonnade House. Last year our Creality Ender machine was used to print multi-part models, cookie cutters and miniature buildings amongst other things as part of the Space to Make project. You can import a design of your own, or build a model from scratch in the 3D Creality software.

Find out more about the machine and what it can do here.

Book here.