Have you ever wanted to create your own popup shop or gallery? Now you can. This informative workshop will help you get the information and ideas you need to succeed in creating and delivering your own popup.

According to a report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) for EE, the popup sector is worth £2.3bn to the UK economy. Many artists, community groups, new business start-ups, galleries, and arts and culture providers are now using these empty shops to house their products and ideas to help boost awareness and sales.

From planning to legal, from marketing to funding, this workshop will help you work through our useful popup toolkit in a workshop environment and share ideas and questions throughout the day.


You will go away with a clearer understanding of what is required to succeed at running your own popup plus a firm plan on what steps you need to take to make it work for you or your organisation. You’ll also learn some tips and tricks and get the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals.

During the day you will go through each module of our Pop-up Toolkit and learn about:

Part 1 – Writing a Plan

Part 2 – Managing Risk

Part 3 – Planning a Budget

Part 4 – Understanding Business Rates

Part 5 – Finding Funding

Part 6 – Getting In

Part 7 – Planning the Space

Part 8 – Marketing

Part 9 – When Your Open

Part 10 – Useful Equipment

Part 11 – Packing Up


This workshop is ideal for creative individuals, small businesses, start-ups, community groups, and organisations that are based in Dorset and wish to expand their reach and anyone who has the desire to have a commercial approach to their activities.


Andrew Knutt has over 18 years’ experience as a creative industries business professional with an array of knowledge and know how on achieving results. As a qualified business advisor Andrew has successfully started and sold three businesses over the past 20 years, is founding director of arts and culture organisation Creative Innovation Centre, an Associate of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), member of The Association for Cultural Enterprises, chairman of Somerset Innovation + Design, board member of South West Design, and well known for his informal and optimistic approach to delivering business focused workshops and events.


You may wish to bring a laptop or iPad to do some online research but not essential. Pen and paper is advised.

There is no fee for attendees but spaces are limited.

If you are based outside Dorset please call us before booking your place as only Dorset residents qualify for a place.

For any further information or special requirements for course attendance, please contact The Arts Development Company: e-mail – rose@theartsdevelopmentcompany.org.uk

This Culture+ workshop is specifically for artists and creative practitioners based in Dorset. Culture+ is funded by Arts Council England and the European Regional Development Fund. It is providing support for the creative industry strand of the Dorset Growth Hub programme lead by WSX Enterprise.



For Artists


14 November 2017
9:30 – 17:00


Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts
Middlefarm Way


Bridport Arts Centre

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