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Maker Talks at Yorkshire Artspace


Yorkshire Artspace & Making Ways Professional Development Programme present a series of four lunch (and brunch!) time talks from expert speakers, which focus on the development of craft practice. These informal talks, with time left for questions and discussion, are taking place at Yorkshire Artspace Persistence Works building in May/ June 2019. Places are FREE and strictly limited - book early to avoid disappointment.

See below for more information about each talk and to grab your FREE tickets.

Selling Online: A Listing Masterclass with Camilla Westergaard – content editor at Folksy

Thursday 9th May 12.30-2pm

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Camilla Westergaard - content editor at Folksy as well as being an artist and designer, and hvaing one of the most beautiful Instagram accounts we have seen, is on hand to help with getting your listings right. Camilla will explain the importance of using the best words and phrases to reach your customers, and making your listing appealing enough to make people more likely to buy once they have found you.

Is your website fit for purpose? Does it represent you/ your brand? with web designer and artist Rachel Durance

Thursday 16th May 12.30pm - 2pm

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Join web designer and artist Rachel Durance in helping you discover the best approach for you. Do you need a new website, or to make your existing one work better for you? Do you need to hire someone to make it for you or could you do it yourself? What would be the time, money and skill levels needed for each approach. If you are going to hire someone – what questions do you need to consider first in making sure this is an efficient and effective process?

Applying to Craft Fairs with Anne-Marie Franey and Angela Mann – directors of Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

Monday 20th May 12.30-2pm

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Would you like to start applying to craft fairs, or increase your chances of getting your work accepted into the major fairs? How do you know which ones will work for you, and how do you make your application stand out to organisers? Anne Marie Franey and Angela Mann, both directors of one of the some of the most prestigious craft fairs outside London – Great Northern Events - are here to share some tips on what selectors are looking for.

Presenting Yourself and Your Work at Fairs with Silversmith Brett Payne

Thursday 23rd May 10am-12pm

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Silversmith Brett Payne will be drawing on his years of experience to share some top tips for identifying your customers and how to establish and build good relationships. This informative talk will cover all you need to know when selling your work at events – how to present yourself and your work, considerations in laying out your stand, how much stock to take and more.

Maker Spotlight: A life in craft and silversmithing with Jesse Bert

Wednesday 19th June 1pm-2.30pm

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Jesse Bert is a silversmith with a successful portfolio practice made up of teaching, silversmithing, showing and selling work internationally, taking part in residencies and making tools. He will talk about his roots and growth of a passion in metalwork starting out as a tool and die maker, and how this affected the precision and quality of his work to date. Jesse will share his insights on the importance of persistence, and the ability to stay flexible, and versatile in your chosen field and will discuss how has grown his business and network of contacts..

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