Since July 2020, Metal have hosted a digital programme of support for early-career artists, those in their first few years of defining themselves as an artist. The programme consists of artist-led training sessions, creative workshops, networking and sharing opportunities.
Though this programme welcomes emerging artists from across the UK and overseas, we are particularly interested in how we can help early-career artists who live or work in our host cities of Liverpool, Peterborough and Southend on Sea.
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● those who are aged 18+ in their 1st to 4th year of creative practice, post-student status (if applicable)
● those who left school and did not enter Higher Education but still keep up a regular creative practice
● those who have recently graduated in the past three years
● those who have entered the arts later in life after pursuing a different occupation and are within the first four years of this.
*This is not an exhaustive list, and Metal welcomes artists from all disciplines; theatre, visual art, film, music, writing or a mixture of some or all. Metal are particularly interested in supporting artists from diverse backgrounds, with unique personal perspectives to offer. If you’re unsure whether you fall into the early career category please get in touch with the site most local to you.
To discover even more about what our Metal New Artist Network offers, click here.
This programme is supported by Festival Bridge, Curious Minds, Royal Opera House Bridge and Arts Council England.
See below for a list of creative resources, shared by the guest speakers who have featured in our programme to date.
Sorting your Freelance Artist Finances with Remi Harris.
Download Remi’s PDF here, which includes clear advice on setting yourself up as a sole trader, keeping financial records and understanding tax.
Writing your artist bio with Talia Randall : A 2 page sheet with short exercises to help form your written bio.
17 tips to overcome imposter syndrome : A refresher from Ella Mesma’s workshop.
Staying Motivated with Amy Pennington : Thoughts and advice on how to stay playful within your work and try new things whilst looking after yourself and your practice.
Residencies: The who, why, where & what of doing one, with Robyn Woolston
How To Get Started Selling Products Online, with Becka Griffin
Going Public: Documenting & Presenting Your Work with Jessie Brennan
Making Work Outside The Gallery by Becca & Clare
Getting To Grips with Arts Council Funding by Rachel Dobbs
Souvenirs with Kate Genever. For those who couldn’t attend Kate’s workshop just download this great PDF – it offers inspiration and creative activities on postal art and collage.
Crux with Scottee. Two short scribbling tasks designed by Scottee, to help you understand why you want to make work and who it is for. View or download the PDFs below.
1. Write the Manifesto
2. Create a Placard
Zine Making with Lu Williams, founder of Grrrl Zine Fair. Use this template to make your own mini zine from an A4 sheet, and take a look at Lu’s top tips to help you develop and share your ideas.
1. Fold your own Zine
2. Top Tips for Zine Makers
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