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 January, Colonnade House is hosting a range of informative and engaging digital sessions, all held virtually, that aim to provoke conversation and advance creative careers.

All events are free of charge.

 

Week 1

Develop your digital skills with our films on the Colonnade House YouTube channel. Join our 6pm screenings and take part in a live Q&A with Colonnade staff Richard and Joe.

 

How to: Getting Started on Instagram

Wednesday 13 January 2021 // 18.15

Digital and social media skills are now needed more than ever. It’s time to transform you from an Instagram zero to hero!

As part of Colonnade House’s Professional Development Week, we are re-sharing easy to follow film on how to get kick started in the Instagram world – filled with all sorts of tips and tricks to get you social media savvy, so you can promote your artwork or creative business.

This session is aimed for absolute beginners so we will run through simple steps on how to get your Instagram started from scratch.

Our video will premiere at 18.00 on our Youtube channel. Be sure to join in then as there will be a live chat where you can ask questions.

How to: Smartphone Photography

Wednesday 13 January 2021 // 18.00

This film with help you to get kick started in the photography world – filled with all sorts of tips and tricks so you can begin to showcase your artwork, craft or products to their full potential.

This session is aimed for absolute beginners so we will run through simple steps on how to make the most out of your smartphone camera.

Our video will premiere at 18.00 on our Youtube Channel. Be sure to join in then as there will be a live chat where you can ask questions.

How to: Get Started with Shopify

Friday 15 January 2021 // 18.00

Looking for a way to start selling your work? Or maybe you are trying to find a way to take your creative business online?

This session is aimed for absolute beginners so we will run through simple steps on how to start your very own Shopify.

Our video will premiere at 18.00 on our Youtube Channel. Be sure to join in then as there will be a live chat where you can ask questions.

 

Creative Commissions 2021 Launch event and exhibition

Apply for funding for a creative project

The Creative Commissions 2021 grants programme launches this week with an exhibition in the windows of our galleries and a live introduction to the scheme from Karen Simporis, Chair of Adur & Worthing Trust.

Creative Commissions 2020 had to be shelved due to Covid-19, but it’s back bigger and better for 2021 with grants of between £300 and £700 on offer.

Take a look at the projects that were funded by Adur & Worthing Trust in the last round of Creative Commissions in 2019 – the exhibition in windows will be on view from 12th – 31st January.

Adur & Worthing Trust hope to support at least ten creative projects in Adur and Worthing in 2021. To be able to apply you must be based in Adur or Worthing and your creative project must be shared with the public in some way. Find out more about the application process by joining the launch, or visiting the exhibition.

Book into our live Zoom launch event here.

 

 

Week 2

Take your digital skills to the next level this week at one of our bookable 1-to-1 sessions;

 

Digital 1-to-1’s

Our introductory films on Instagram, Smartphone Photography and Shopify are aimed at people who want to get started or improve their skills with using these platforms and digital tools. View the films on the Colonnade House Youtube channel.

Follow these up with bookable 1-to-1 support from Colonnade House staff to take a deeper dive into any of the three topics covered. All sessions will be held on Zoom – learn from our experience to help you to use digital technology to promote, document and sell your creative work. 

There are four slots available each day on Monday 18, Tuesday 19, Thursday 21, Friday 22 January at 10.00, 11.00, 13.00 and 14.00.

Book here.

Tech Resort: Digital Triage for Creatives

Wednesday 20 January

If you have a digital, web, coding, or electronics issue that you don’t know how to solve, we are running a day of Digital Triage with Liz Crew from Tech Resort which is aimed at people working creatively with tech. It could be something simple or something complicated, Liz will help you with diagnosis and treatment drawing on her own knowledge, and Tech Resort’s expertise in helping people who work in the creative sector to innovate and create. And if they don’t have the answer straight away, they’ll know someone else who can help. After all, how hard can it be? 

Tech Resort are based in Eastbourne and they share digital skills to make the UK more resilient, equal and fun. You can browse through their previous projects here. 

Bookable 1 hour Zoom slots from 10.00 – 17.00.

Book here.

 

Week 3

Postponed for now – to be rescheduled

Ever fancied trying out a laser cutter or 3D printer? This week book yourself onto one of our sessions and test out our machines. Following on from last year’s Space to Make project, we have set up some more opportunities to do 3D printing and laser cutting;

 

Glowforge laser cutting

Monday 25 – Saturday 30 January, 10.00 – 12.00 & 13.00 – 15.00 daily

Postponed for now – to be rescheduled

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.

3D Printing

Monday 25 – Saturday 30 January

Postponed for now – to be rescheduled

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.