Building audiences and Crowdfunding is a special workshop for arts organisations and individual practitioners who want to widen their fundraising options while building sustainable support for their projects.

Taking place in Newcastle upon Tyne on 21 October, the workshop is presented through a partnership between a-n and The Sponsors Club, the north-east England-based organisation that helps businesses and philanthropists benefit from creative relationships with the arts, museums and artists, and with support from Kickstarter, the US-based funding platform for creative projects.

As part of the event, Stephanie Pereira, US Director, Art Program at Kickstarter, will give an introduction to the crowdfunding platform that has helped to enable over 49,000 creative projects since its launch in 2009. There will also be a hands-on workshop led by Hen Norton, independent arts producer and WeDidThis co-founder. The workshop will help participants to identify how to target and engage new audiences, capitalise on networks and social media and develop a personalised strategy and timeline for micro-financing.

Recent a-n crowdfunding workshops have attracted positive feedback from artists and organisations alike. Bristol-based emerging artists network Hand in Glove said: “The workshop was great and of real practical use to the participants.” PAC Home, a-n’s partners for a Crowdfunding seminar in Plymouth, had particular praise for Hen Norton: “[She] delivered at the right pitch – being pragmatic, honest and engaging in equal measure.”

Building audiences and Crowdfunding, 21 October, 10.30am-4pm, The Toffee Factory, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, £25 inc VAT, maximum 30 places.

To book: email [email protected] or call Adam or Ellie on 0191 222 0945. A limited number of bursaries for individuals wishing to attend are available – please ask when booking.

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a-n’s programme of professional development resources aims to give artists and visual arts freelancers the confidence and know-how to move their practice and projects forward. The programme includes Granted seminars and workshops, online and expert guides, and Go and see bursaries for artists and artist-led organisations.