RE:Present Masterclass with Francesca Martinez

Posted by: on Jun 16, 2016 | No Comments

On Wednesday 8th June 2016, the final RE:Present diversity in cultural leadership masterclass took place at Aston University with comedian, speaker, actress and writer Francesca Martinez . Below you can find some of the online buzz from the evening.

 

RE:Present Masterclass with Mark Ball

Posted by: on May 3, 2016 | No Comments

On Tuesday 26th April 2016, the fourth RE:Present diversity in cultural leadership masterclass took place at Aston University with Mark Ball, Artistic Director of LIFT. Below you can find some of the online chatter from the evening.

Book your FREE place on the next inspirational RE:Present Masterclass with Ariane Koek, creator of the first arts policy at CERN, here.

Book Now! RE:Present Masterclass with Mark Ball

Book Now! RE:Present Masterclass with Mark Ball

Posted by: on Apr 21, 2016 | No Comments

Tuesday 26 April, 18:00 – 20:00

Aston Business School

We’re happy to announce that FREE tickets are now available for the next RE:Present Masterclass with Mark Ball.

The RE:Present programme is delivered by Lara Ratnaraja and Creative Shift and is a new initiative aimed at developing leadership in emergent and established cultural producers and artists from diverse backgrounds who are currently under-represented in Birmingham.  Re:Present is funded by Birmingham City Council and Arts Council England in a unique partnership with University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University and Aston Business School.

RE:Present Masterclass with Adil Ray

Posted by: on Apr 19, 2016 | No Comments

On Tuesday 12th April the third RE:Present Masterclass took place at Aston Business School with Adil Ray, creator of BBC1 sitcom Citizen Khan.

Some of the twitter conversation around the event has been gathered into the storify below. The next masterclass will be on the 26th April – tickets available soon!

 

Speakers announced and a new date for the RE:Position roadshow (Creative Industries). Book now!

Speakers announced and a new date for the RE:Position roadshow (Creative Industries). Book now!

Posted by: on Apr 18, 2016 | No Comments

Last year Creative Shift undertook a major piece of research into how creative businesses can access the money and resources they need to grow.  We didn’t find any magic wands or instant solutions – but there are some interesting case studies, inspiring individuals and different thinking that we would like to share.

With the support of Birmingham City Council, the RE:Position roadshow event is a chance to take a look at where you are in your creative business, where you want to get to and more importantly – what might fuel that journey.  These are the events which, if you have a creative business, will give you some tools and inspiration. (There are also two events for cultural organisations looking at fund-raising and we will share those dates in a separate email.)

RE:Position for the creative industries/ for profit entities

Wednesday 27th April – 1000 – 1630 – PWC Room, Birmingham Hippodrome, Thorp Street, Birmingham, B5 4TB

Thursday 12th May – 1000 – 1630 – The Conservatory, The Bond, 180 – 182 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5SE – NEW DATE AND VENUE

This FREE event will:

RE:Present Masterclass with Althea Efunshile

RE:Present Masterclass with Althea Efunshile

Posted by: on Mar 30, 2016 | No Comments

Last week the second of our RE:Present diversity in cultural leadership programme Masterclasses took place at Aston University. This time, the speaker was Althea Efunshile, Deputy Chief Executive of Arts Council England. An incredibly inspiring evening, some of the chatter and topics covered can be found in our storify below.

If you don’t want to miss out on our next masterclass, with Adil Ray, you can book your FREE place here.

 

RE:Position road show to inspire and inform Birmingham creative industries

Posted by: on Mar 29, 2016 | No Comments

Birmingham City Council are offering a series of roadshow events to support Birmingham based businesses in the creative and cultural sector, offering them information and inspiration. The events will be run by Creative Shift and Bass Clusker in Birmingham during April.

Last year Creative Shift undertook a major piece of research into how creative businesses can access finance and what alternative routes to funding and support might exist in the future for arts organisations. With the support of Birmingham City Council, who commissioned RE:Position, the roadshow event is a chance to take a look at where you are in your business or arts organisation, where you want to get to and more importantly – what might fuel that journey.

There will be two events specifically targeted at cultural organisations on Thursday 28th April and Wednesday 4th May and two events for the creative industries/ for profit entities on Tuesday 19th April and Wednesday 27th April. All events will take place in Birmingham and are free to attend.

Businesses and creative entrepreneurs taking part event will learn tools and techniques to grow the vision for their company, information to overcome current challenges for future business growth, explore the importance of financial health and the necessary steps to becoming investment ready for potential partners, stakeholders or investors.

Helga Henry, Director of Creative Shift will run the workshops and there will be a number of guest speakers who will share stories of how they grew successful businesses, won national grant competitions and made art happen in unlikely or challenging circumstances. Speakers will include Andy Wilson, MD of Birmingham’s largest advertising agency WAA and Rebecca Bartlett of Ammba Digital winner of a number of Innovation UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board) funding bids.

Helga commented “The scoping exercise of last year showed that the infrastructure for the Creative and cultural industry sector is already better than it was in previous years. There are more creative companies of all sizes, a range of funding opportunities and finance programmes and pockets of activity and collaboration. The challenge now is to join up the existing provision through effective communication channels. This project attempts to focus new resources into plugging the gaps and to skill up those with talent and ambition to have entrepreneurial savvy.”

In addition there will be further development opportunities for ten lucky creative companies. Attendees of the RE:Position events for the creative sector will also have the opportunity to compete for further workshop and mentoring support from consultants Helga Henry and Dr Andrew Bass of BassClusker. This unique programme called “The CAF Mentoring Sprint” will give the winning companies access to business consultants with international track records to help them develop growth strategies and new products/ services. The three month programme (of workshops and 1-2-1 support) has been funded by CAF – the Creative Advantage Fund – the UK’s first dedicated Venture Capital fund for the Creative Industries.

For further information please contact: helga@creativeshift.uk.com 0121 689 1051 or click here for details of how to book.