Unlock the City: A support programme for the creative industries

Unlock the City is an exciting new citywide programme- led by Sunderland Culture and in partnership with North East BIC, Digital Catapult North East and Tees Valley and Sunderland BME Network- to support the creative industries in Sunderland.

Across the eighteen-month programme, together we’ll be delivering a package of support including workshops, residentials, mentoring and one-to-one sessions, with the aim to increase confidence and facilitate a more diverse, sustainable and profitable creative sector within Sunderland.

Have a look at some of the FREE opportunities below:

Creative Co-working and Artist Surgery Day
11 February 2020, 10am-4pm at Mile End Café
18 March 2020, 10am-4pm at Norfolk Street Arts

Monthly co-working session, at which you can also book a session with Artist Development and Creative Industries Producer, Laura, to talk through project ideas, funding applications etc. For info and to book a slot: https://sunderlandculture.org.uk/events/cultural-co-working-and-artist-surgery-days/

Creative Business Surgeries
30 January and 27 February 2020, 1-3pm in The Pod, National Glass Centre

A chance to book a 1-2-1 with Victoria Moodie from North East Business and Innovation Centre – BIC who can give bespoke business advice to creative businesses and individual creative practitioners based in Sunderland.  From business planning, financial modelling and marketing, Victoria can give free guidance and work with you on the unique challenges faced by creative businesses. For info and to book a slot: https://sunderlandculture.org.uk/events/creative-business-
advice-surgeries/

Unlock: Meet the Funders- National Lottery Heritage Fund
22 January 2020, 10am-12pm in The Pod, National Glass Centre

We’re excited to welcome representatives from National Lottery Heritage Fund to give us an overview of what support is available to cultural organisations. This session will offer a general introduction to the fund, their programmes and outcomes, and will lead into a facilitated group discussion to help participants think actively about how you could turn your idea into an application. For info and to book a place: https://sunderlandculture.org.uk/events/unlock-meet-the-
funders-national-lottery-heritage-fund/

Developing a Business Roadmap for Creatives
14 February 2020, 10am-4pm at North East BIC
27 March 2020, 10am-4pm at North East BIC

Led by North East BIC, this workshop and sketch out your business plans to start or grow your business, using a technique known as the Business Model Canvas. Plus the opportunity to discuss your plans in detail with a Creative Business Adviser. For more info and to book a place: https://www.ne-bic.co.uk/event/creative-workshop-2-2

Unlock: Goal Setting and Planning for Creative Practitioners
5 & 19 March 2020/ 9 April 2020, 1-4pm in The Pod, National Glass Centre

A short course, led by senior arts leader, freelance management consultant and trainer Susanne Burns, on managing yourself as an artist – culminating in the development of your own personal business plan, and encouraging you to think strategically about your values and how you might position yourself within a competitive market place. More information and book a place: https://sunderlandculture.org.uk/events/unlock-goal- setting-and-planning-as-a-creative-practitioner/

North East Creative and Cultural Residential
11-12 March 2020 at Jurys Inn, Gateshead

Led by Digital Catapult North East Tees Valley, this fully funded residential offers Sunderland-based Arts, Culture and Heritage creatives the opportunity to learn more about the ways in which digital can have a positive impact on their work. From implementing immersive technology to engage new and more diverse audiences, to protecting your IP. This residential will provide practical methods for implementing digital to help solve challenges faced by the sector.
For more information and to book a place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-cultural-residential-tickets-87232154723

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If you have any questions about the programme, please email [email protected]

These activities are open to individual creative practitoners who live, work or study in Sunderland, and cultural and heritage organisations based in Sunderland.

The Unlock the City programme is delivered in partnership by Sunderland Culture, Sunderland City Council, Digital Catapult, North East BIC and Sunderland BME Network, with funding from Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Coastal Communities fund.