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Advance empowers creatives to realise their full potential and take their work to the next level.

Advance is a support programme for creative and cultural practitioners, freelancers, organisations and SMEs based in Wakefield and the wider Yorkshire Humber region.

Brought to you by Creative UK, Advance is delivered in partnership with Wakefield Council and funded by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Cultural Development Fund grant, which is administered by Arts Council England.

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Screen Innovation Lab at XPLOR

Thu, 16 Jun 2022, 10:00 – 20:00
Fri, 17 Jun 2022, 10:00 – 14:30

About this Event

About this event

Join Creative UK and Digital Catapult for a two-day event focused on building bridges to innovation, aimed at anyone working in film, TV, games, animation, or immersive tech.

Developed by Creative Enterprise, Wakefield: Advance and Digital Catapult with support from the XPLOR, we are looking to bring together screen industry innovators to hear from experts and find new ways to collaborate towards accessing funding.

The first day of the event will focus on the best ways to innovate and collaborate, while the second day’s focus will be solely on funding and finding ways to address the briefs set forward by Digital Catapult and Creative Enterprise. Together, the funding initiatives and challenges presented will open more than £500,000 of funding available to applicants, as well as highlight other ways to fund innovation in the creative sectors.

We are looking forward to welcoming companies and freelancers from the following fields: games, film & tv, animation or immersive (AR/VR/MR/XR/VP), prioritising those who have not yet had the chance to take part in a Wakefield: Advance workshop!

Deadline for registration: 5pm on Monday 06th June 2022

Register Now

Eligibility

Eligibility

Places for this event are limited. Any creative industry companies or freelancers are welcome to attend, however if interest is strong we will be prioritising businesses in the Wakefield area.

To register your interest in attending, sign up on Eventbrite and the Creative UK team will be in touch to confirm your place and provide full details of the event schedule.

Deadline for registration: 5pm on Monday 06th June 2022

Register Now

About this event

Join Creative UK and Digital Catapult for a two-day event focused on building bridges to innovation, aimed at anyone working in film, TV, games, animation, or immersive tech.

Developed by Creative Enterprise, Wakefield: Advance and Digital Catapult with support from the XPLOR, we are looking to bring together screen industry innovators to hear from experts and find new ways to collaborate towards accessing funding.

The first day of the event will focus on the best ways to innovate and collaborate, while the second day’s focus will be solely on funding and finding ways to address the briefs set forward by Digital Catapult and Creative Enterprise. Together, the funding initiatives and challenges presented will open more than £500,000 of funding available to applicants, as well as highlight other ways to fund innovation in the creative sectors.

We are looking forward to welcoming companies and freelancers from the following fields: games, film & tv, animation or immersive (AR/VR/MR/XR/VP), prioritising those who have not yet had the chance to take part in a Wakefield: Advance workshop!

Deadline for registration: 5pm on Monday 06th June 2022

Register Now

Eligibility

Places for this event are limited. Any creative industry companies or freelancers are welcome to attend, however if interest is strong we will be prioritising businesses in the Wakefield area.

To register your interest in attending, sign up on Eventbrite and the Creative UK team will be in touch to confirm your place and provide full details of the event schedule.

Deadline for registration: 5pm on Monday 06th June 2022

Register Now

Discover, Develop, Create with XPLOR

About the Programme

Overview:

Creative UK, AD:VENTURE and XPLOR are partnering up to create an exciting opportunity for 12 creative businesses/freelancers based in West Yorkshire.

This fully funded offer consists of a two-day (14 hour) support package at Production Park led by XPLOR’s Virtual Production team to help businesses/freelancers discover creative solutions, develop new products and services for their clients and understand about the potential of virtual production and XR.

Areas of focus throughout the 14 hours will be LED screen setup, camera tracking, working with plate shots on LED, integrating 3D Unreal content and lighting for LED studios.

Dates:

This opportunity will run throughout June and July 2022 with dates to suit the businesses taking part

Find out more

Overview:

Creative UK, AD:VENTURE and XPLOR are partnering up to create an exciting opportunity for 12 creative businesses/freelancers based in West Yorkshire.

This fully funded offer consists of a two-day (14 hour) support package at Production Park led by XPLOR’s Virtual Production team to help businesses/freelancers discover creative solutions, develop new products and services for their clients and understand about the potential of virtual production and XR.

Areas of focus throughout the 14 hours will be LED screen setup, camera tracking, working with plate shots on LED, integrating 3D Unreal content and lighting for LED studios.

Dates:

This opportunity will run throughout June and July 2022 with dates to suit the businesses taking part

Find out more

Visual Arts Programme – applications closed

What is the Visual Arts Programme?

We are seeking for visual artists of all disciplines to benefit from a brand new, exciting fully- funded programme of professional development opportunities as part of the Creative Wakefield Advance programme.

Our vision is to support and underpin the growth and development of freelance artists by providing a bespoke programme for visual artists in the Wakefield area. This programme will be tailored to cover essential aspects of being a professional artist. This will consist of interactive workshops and masterclasses which will include curation and portfolio development; budgeting and scaling up your projects; understanding IP and legal issues; and branding and marketing. Participants will receive 1:1 consultancy opportunities with experts to help you develop their work, goals and ambitions, as well as 6 hours of self-directed mentoring from an expert of their choosing.

Who is the Visual Arts Programme for?

This programme is aimed at early and emerging artists, providing access of expertise and guidance across a range of skills and topics, a professional peer group to continue learning off the page and individual consultations to offer creative development.

The Visual Arts programme is for freelancers working across the visual arts sub-sector, including ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, film making and architecture, illustrator, digital artist, combined arts, paper artist and printmaking.

Due to the venue where the programme is held places are limited and therefore priority will be given to Wakefield based applicants followed by the wider Yorkshire Humber region. Applications from individuals from beyond Wakefield will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on how many places we have available and the strength of the application.

Key Dates

Applications close 22nd April.

Successful applicants will hear back by 29th April.

Applicants will need to commit to attending the programme on the following dates:

  • Sunday 15th May
  • Sunday 29th May
  • Sunday 12th June
  • Sunday 26th June

Upon completion of the 14 hour bootcamp, the cohort will be able to continue their development journey with access to an industry mentor for 10 hours.

 

We are seeking for visual artists of all disciplines to benefit from a brand new, exciting fully- funded programme of professional development opportunities as part of the Creative Wakefield Advance programme.

Our vision is to support and underpin the growth and development of freelance artists by providing a bespoke programme for visual artists in the Wakefield area. This programme will be tailored to cover essential aspects of being a professional artist. This will consist of interactive workshops and masterclasses which will include curation and portfolio development; budgeting and scaling up your projects; understanding IP and legal issues; and branding and marketing. Participants will receive 1:1 consultancy opportunities with experts to help you develop their work, goals and ambitions, as well as 6 hours of self-directed mentoring from an expert of their choosing.

This programme is aimed at early and emerging artists, providing access of expertise and guidance across a range of skills and topics, a professional peer group to continue learning off the page and individual consultations to offer creative development.

The Visual Arts programme is for freelancers working across the visual arts sub-sector, including ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, film making and architecture, illustrator, digital artist, combined arts, paper artist and printmaking.

Due to the venue where the programme is held places are limited and therefore priority will be given to Wakefield based applicants followed by the wider Yorkshire Humber region. Applications from individuals from beyond Wakefield will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on how many places we have available and the strength of the application.

Applications close 22nd April.

Successful applicants will hear back by 29th April.

Applicants will need to commit to attending the programme on the following dates:

  • Sunday 15th May
  • Sunday 29th May
  • Sunday 12th June
  • Sunday 26th June

Upon completion of the 14 hour bootcamp, the cohort will be able to continue their development journey with access to an industry mentor for 10 hours.

 

Apply for the Visual Artists Programme here.

Applications close 22nd April.

Mentoring

What is the mentoring programme?

We are offering bespoke advice and guidance from creative industry mentors who have been there and done it. As an Advance participant, you will receive 10 hours of fully funded mentoring from an industry leader to help you realise your creative ambitions. A few examples of what an Advance mentor could you help you with:

  • Creating new content, products or services
  • Project Management
  • Fundraising and Investment
  • Business planning
  • Marketing and PR
  • Leadership
  • Developing networks
How do I receive mentoring through Advance?

To receive mentoring, you must first complete an application form. There are two forms to choose from:

  1. If you are an individual applicant or freelancer, apply here.
  2. If you are a Limited Company, Charity, CIC or other type of organisation apply here.
How is my mentor chosen?

You ultimately have the decision on who supports you. You might already have someone in mind. If so, you can let us know on your application form and subject to Creative UK’s recruitment process, they can be added to our pool of mentors.

If you don’t have a mentor in mind, just tell us what kind of expertise you’re looking for and we will suggest a range of options for you to choose from.

Creative UK has over 150 industry consultants on our books, so we’re bound to find somebody that’s right for you.

We are offering bespoke advice and guidance from creative industry mentors who have been there and done it. As an Advance participant, you will receive 10 hours of fully funded mentoring from an industry leader to help you realise your creative ambitions. A few examples of what an Advance mentor could you help you with:

  • Creating new content, products or services
  • Project Management
  • Fundraising and Investment
  • Business planning
  • Marketing and PR
  • Leadership
  • Developing networks

To receive mentoring, you must first complete an application form. There are two forms to choose from:

  1. If you are an individual applicant or freelancer, apply here.
  2. If you are a Limited Company, Charity, CIC or other type of organisation apply here.

You ultimately have the decision on who supports you. You might already have someone in mind. If so, you can let us know on your application form and subject to Creative UK’s recruitment process, they can be added to our pool of mentors.

If you don’t have a mentor in mind, just tell us what kind of expertise you’re looking for and we will suggest a range of options for you to choose from.

Creative UK has over 150 industry consultants on our books, so we’re bound to find somebody that’s right for you.

Who is eligible for mentoring?

Applicants must either be a registered sole trader/freelancer, SME, CIC or Charity based in Wakefield or the wider Yorkshire Humber region.

In some cases, we’re also able to work with pre-starts but it’s best to submit an enquiry first before taking the time to complete an application form. The Advance team will then be in touch to find out more about the support you’re looking for.

If we aren’t able to help, we can signpost you to other support available. This might be in the form of other Creative UK programmes or support from other providers such as Ad:Venture.

We can support mentees from any creative industry subsector including but not limited to:

  • Film & TV
  • Games
  • Animation
  • Digital
  • Immersive Tech
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Music/Audio Production
  • Museums and Galleries
  • Architecture
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
How do I become an Advance mentor?

We’re always on the lookout for industry experts to join our books. If you’re interested in becoming a mentor on the Advance programme, you can submit an enquiry here.

To find out more about this programme, visit the Creative Wakefield website and sign up to the Creative Wakefield network to be kept up to date with news of upcoming events, funding and other opportunities.

Applicants must either be a registered sole trader/freelancer, SME, CIC or Charity based in Wakefield or the wider Yorkshire Humber region.

In some cases, we’re also able to work with pre-starts but it’s best to submit an enquiry first before taking the time to complete an application form. The Advance team will then be in touch to find out more about the support you’re looking for.

If we aren’t able to help, we can signpost you to other support available. This might be in the form of other Creative UK programmes or support from other providers such as Ad:Venture.

We can support mentees from any creative industry subsector including but not limited to:

  • Film & TV
  • Games
  • Animation
  • Digital
  • Immersive Tech
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Music/Audio Production
  • Museums and Galleries
  • Architecture
  • Publishing
  • Advertising

We’re always on the lookout for industry experts to join our books. If you’re interested in becoming a mentor on the Advance programme, you can submit an enquiry here.

To find out more about this programme, visit the Creative Wakefield website and sign up to the Creative Wakefield network to be kept up to date with news of upcoming events, funding and other opportunities.