Free workshops for artists, writers and designers 

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Free events have been organised for writers, scriptwriters, fine artists, photographers, designers and craft-makers living, working or studying in Bolton.

The sessions, organsised by the council's Business Bolton team and Creative Industries Trafford, will feature talks, portfolio sessions and expert panel discussios. The events take place in March at The Gallery At St George’s House and Neo: Artists Gallery, at The Market Place.

Councillor Akhtar Zaman, Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Development and Regeneration, said: “We’ve organised some fantastic free workshops for the creative industry. Writers have the opportunity to meet industry experts from the world of TV, radio and print. We’re also hosting portfolio sessions for craft-makers, designers and artists. I’d urge people to book early, as places are limited.”

Details as below:

Writing Fiction for Print, Radio and TV
6pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 4th March - The Gallery At St George’s House

This event features a panel comprising Henry Swindell (New Writing Manager, BBC Writersroom), Jim Hinks (New Writing Manager at Comma Press) and Ashley Byrne of Creative Director of Made in Manchester (producers for BBC Radio 2, Five Live). The discussion is led by Ric Michael, former Head of Development at Baby Cow Manchester, (makers of Ideal & Gavin & Stacey). The panel will give the inside track on how to submit your work as well as essential tips on writing for each medium.

To book visit

Portfolio Development for Designer-Makers
6pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 11th March - The Gallery At St George’s House

This session looks at portfolio development for craft-makers and designers, featuring designer and artists’ mentor Stella Corrall, Ed Chadwick (founder and director of Hebden Bridge’s Snug Gallery), alongside photographers Shaw & Shaw, who combine commercial work for clients such as VW and Barclaycard with their own art photography projects.

The speakers will explain the differing considerations necessary when putting together a portfolio - from the perspectives of a successful artist, product photographers and a buyer to give an overview of how artists can best present their work. Shaw & Shaw will also advise on low-cost ways to make your work look its best.

Attendees are invited to bring along either a print (A3 size or less) or digital portfolio on tablet or laptop to take part in an informal portfolio discussion with the speakers at the end of the event.

To book visit

Portfolio Sessions for Contemporary Artists
11am - 5pm, Saturday 29th March - Neo:Artists Gallery at The Market Place

These popular review sessions give artists a chance to give their portfolio the revamp it needs and get their work in front of experienced art figures. This event is delivered in partnership with Castlefield Gallery, one of the North’s leading galleries for contemporary art and will allow artists to discuss their work and careers with leading arts professionals in a one-to-one session.

Each session is free and artists wishing to register their interest should email including their main reasons (in less than 50 words) for booking a portfolio review and a brief description of their work.

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