Some of you reading this will have attended our 1st Birthday Anniversary party at Rumwell Hall. You will have seen some of our successful artists who exhibited for the event. Im delighted to tell you that I can announce our new 10 successful creative industries applicants.
- Richard Pelham from Glastonbury Stained Glass Richard has been making stained glass windows and window hangers since 1987.
- Tom Lindsey from Tom Lindsey Photography Tom trained in photojournalism at the LCP. His documentary work is published and exhibited.
- Sally Bryant from Ignis Studio they run arts workshops and create paintings, prints, textiles, ceramics and metalwork from Doverhay Forge in Porlock.
- Hayley Barker who is the Project Manager of Somerset Graduate Dancers. They aim to bridge the gap between graduating and working in the professional dance industry.
- John Crabb from John Crabb Wildlife Images John draws on his life long interest in wildlife and technical knowledge as a retired physicist and electronics hobbyist.
- Emmaline Maxwell from Somerset Youth Theatre Emmaline decided to open the Somerset Youth Theatre for the rural community in Somerset and has been working with Peter Hughes to set the project up and get it running. Their first play, Alan Aykbourn’s “Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations” which was performed on 21st April 2012.
- Fiona Winning is a visual artist primarily painting and printmaking. She is interested in running courses that combine personal development with creative interventions.
- Amanda Graham Illustrator and textile artist she produces illustrative work in a variety of mediums, textiles, mixed media and prints.
- Pippa Hill creates ceramic animal sculptures her inspiration comes from the rural life around her, including farm animals and wildlife.
- Paul Smith Creative Director at Word Gets Around. Paul is a graphic designer and believes strongly in creating a personal yet professional business relationship.
Each applicant will be attending 5 workshops which are also open to people involved in the creative industries sector plus two sessions of one to one business coaching.
We have also just had the final report from 2011/2012 Creative Economy Coaching. This report examines the impact of the programme one year after participants started working with New Leaf and assesses the financial and business advantage they have experienced after taking part. The report stated that, ” those participating in the programme are overwhelmingly positive about the experience, they would recommend it others as a practical and useful tool to ensure business success and as a result see a positive future for their business.” The results showed
- Participants are achieving a better work-life balance in respect of hours worked, and productivity has increased as more hours are now spent on producing the end product, rather than administration and marketing via less profitable routes.
- The number of participants with business plans has more than trebled.
- More businesses are now looking to invest in the short and longer term, and the possibility of applying for grants has been taken forward positively.
- More businesses plan to recruit additional staff in the coming months.
- There has been an increase in the number of businesses finding a regular customer base. Some testimonials included:
A fabulous, positive experience…
It helped me take stock and think about my long term future and how I can relaunch my career with renewed confidence in what I have to offer
Meeting other artists has been fantastic and a real asset to my business
It has been a wonderful experience, so beneficial from a sustainable business and personal perspective.
I just want to say a big thank you to all involved and to Suzie Grogan for writing this evaluation report. Im so looking forward to working with our next 10 creative visual artisits. This year sees a collaboration of nine people who jointly will be delivering the next project.