Creative Arts Training

Practical training for artists and creatives new to, and established in, developing creative projects with communities. Tailored to support individuals and collectives to re-establish or launch themselves post Covid 19. Delivered online over eight Wednesday mornings – 22nd September to 24th November.

Who is the course for?

Are you a creative practitioner? An artist, craftsperson, writer, musician, theatre practitioner, dancer, architect, landscape or garden designer. 

Are you based in film, photography, animation, cartoon, graphic design, fashion, festivals, circus, internet, publishing and many more creative activities?

Are you experienced, new, or hoping to develop creative projects with local communities?

Do you want to…

  • shape or reshape your creative skills to engage local communities in your art form?
  • explore everything you need to carry out a successful creative project?
  • meet and network with other creatives in Buckinghamshire?

Are you living or working in Buckinghamshire?

If so, this is for you!


To register for your place on this FREE training, please sign up via our Eventbrite listing. We will assess registrations against the Creative Arts Training criteria before confirming places in September.

The deadline for registrations is 5pm, 8th September 2021.

The Course 

Packed with information and purposeful fun, this engaging course covers all aspects of running creative projects in community settings. It provides participants with opportunities to access experienced trainers, practitioners and guest speakers whilst developing professional networks. 

Participants will leave with the knowledge and confidence to set up and run their own artist-led creative projects in community settings. 

This course is delivered and facilitated by established trainers Christine Wilkinson and Rebecca Cairns with additional guest speakers.


This course programme is delivered through talks, workshops, practical sessions, group projects and discussions and covers the following:

Session 1: Introductions and launch of programme, a warm welcome awaits, with an opportunity to start networking and establish hopes and aspirations for the course.

Session 2: Project development foundations, will inspire participants to set an approach to create a sensitive working atmosphere for projects. A hands-on session will bring all the theories together into practice.

Session 3: Project planning and engaging audiences, familiarises participants with the range of practicalities of running creative projects and the planning process. This includes taking advantage of online opportunities for engaging audiences, making the “new normal” work for us: learning from best practice and successful approaches during the pandemic to successfully engage with audiences.

Session 4: Arts and inclusion provides an opportunity for participants to develop their understanding of the value of equal opportunities, barriers to participation and opportunities to overcome them, adapting to engage different audiences, shaping projects with –  not for groups. This session also includes a practical approach to insurances, safety, risk assessments and legalities to consider when running projects.

Session 5: Promotion and getting your message across explores a variety of approaches to successfully promoting projects even within tight budgets and the media, networks and databases that can be your allies.

Session 6: An introduction to successful fundraising aims to unlock the arts funding system and empower delegates to write their own successful funding bids. Participants will have an understanding of the support available to them, how to write funding bids and create a balanced budget.

Session 7: Teams, allies and partnership working encourages participants to think about collaboration, get excited about creativity and sharing goals. Ways work with project commissioners, the value of teams and roles and putting your networks to work.

Session 8: Bringing it all together and creative futures. We look at creative and useful evaluation, and documentation to document a successful track record for future projects.  

This course is free and fully subsidised by Buckinghamshire Culture who have commissioned the course to support the rebuilding of creativity and culture in Buckinghamshire post Covid 19. Funding from Rothschild Foundation, Buckinghamshire Council and Arts Council England has made this possible. This course explores what the new normal looks like for artists and voluntary arts groups. 


8 sessions will take place on Wednesday mornings.

Time: 9:30am-12:30pm

Venue: Online


  • Session 1: Wednesday 22nd September 2021
  • Session 2: Wednesday 29th September 2021
  • Session 3: Wednesday 6th October 2021
  • Session 4: Wednesday 14th October
  • Session 5: Wednesday 3rd November
  • Session 6: Wednesday 10th November
  • Session 7: Wednesday 17th November
  • Session 8: Wednesday 24th November