Designed especially for artists and visual arts freelancers, Granted aims to give you the confidence and know-how to move your practice and projects forward.

What is the programme?
Granted will combine access to specialist workshops and seminars with online resources and toolkits and tailored advice, intended to put you in the driving seat as regards defining and managing your own professional development. You will learn how to improve your pitching and fundraising capacity by attracting the collaborators that can make new projects happen and identify how you can harness social media for self-promotion and professional visibility and widen participation in, and audiences for, your work.

Costs and charges across the programme will be kept as low as possible whilst some elements will be fully subsidised through partners or sponsorship. Sponsors and partners already include A+ (a-n and Artquest), AIR, Artworks Navigator and WeDidThis. Participation in certain seminars and workshops will be through application.

Who is it aimed at?
This programme is designed for visual artists who are members of a-n + AIR, who have been practising for five years or more and who have established their professional networks, already shown work in a public setting or undertaken paid-for commissions, residencies or similar projects.

It is also intended for individuals working in the visual arts who have an established freelance practice and are looking for opportunities to create collaborative projects with artists and within their networks.

It is essential that you’re comfortable with using your computer and the internet for your communications, personal research and for taking part in self-determined learning, as this programme including all communications and follow-ups will rely on these.

Seminar and workshop topics include

How to develop collaborators and funding for new projects – in partnership with Wedidthis.orgHow to match your ideas with funding criteriaSuccessful social media networkingCuratorial collaborationsWorking with people and communitiesNegotiating and planning new projects

Alongside the seminar programme, you’ll be encouraged to use our interactive toolkits on professional development, fees and charges and on negotiating visual arts contracts to learn more about professional practices and apply them to your work.

We’ll alert you to related events, to business advice and expert resources in your area and encourage other providers to give you discount on any paid-for services. We’ll signpost a range of quality key online resources as available from our partners and collaborators in the Granted programme.

Where possible, we’ll provide you with access to informal follow-up e-mentoring to improve your applications and proposals. We’re planning to create a small bursaries fund in support of this programme, to enable equality of opportunity and reduce barriers to gaining professional development.

When will it happen?
The Granted programme will commence in the spring and, through partnerships, the events will take place in different parts of the UK. You will be notified by email of any opportunities in your location.

How to tap into the Granted programme
If you are already an a-n+AIR member, you’ll be notified about event bookings, bursaries and other Granted resources via your email. So you need to make sure we always have your correct/up-to-date email – you can easily change your email or other personal information by logging in and going to My Account at To ensure our emails don’t go into your junk/spam, put [email protected], [email protected]; [email protected] and [email protected] into your ‘safe senders’ list.

If you’re not already an a-n member, you first need to sign up and pay online at Join so you hear about Granted programme and its opportunities. Select either Artist (a-n + AIR) or Individual (a-n) to ensure your benefits are tailored to your needs.

Sponsored and supported by a-n, AIR, Artquest, A+, ArtWorks and WeDidThis.