What is it?

Whether you are a visual, digital or performing artist or craftsperson (indeed however you define yourself), responding to a creative brief or applying for an artist’s opportunity has always been competitive but with less opportunities and funding being more and more stretched, you could find your proposal is one of hundreds.

So how do you make sure that your proposal stands out and makes it onto the YES pile?

Join Sandy Kirkby and Sally Watkins for an informal session looking at how to write a good proposal that will keep the selectors engaged.

Who is it for?

This workshop is for Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole based artists, makers and creatives only.

What will you go away with?

Tips on ways to streamline and describe your ideas and present them in the best possible way – top tips for writing a good proposal to help keep your proposal in the mix.

Who is speaking?

Sandy Kirkby is Freelance Curator and Producer for b-side

Sally Watkins is Freelance Curator and Social Engagement practitioner, b-side

They have been on selection panels for many open calls for b-side and other regional arts organisations – they have seen and read thousands of proposals.  Their informal and warm style is underpinned by their generosity and experience as arts practitioners for over 20 years.

What to bring

  • You will be provided by with handouts and exemplar material so all you need to bring is a pen and should you wish to bring some images of your work please do. Laptops and iPads welcome but not essential.
  • If you are a Sole Trader please bring your Unique Tax Reference Number, if you own a registered company/organisation please bring your registration number.

We will be providing refreshments, please be sure that you let us know your dietary requirements on the Eventbrite Event Registration.

How to book

  • Spaces are limited, only one place available per business
  • If you book and find that you are unable to attend, please cancel your ticket as soon as possible and at least 48 hours prior to the workshop. This allows us to release the booking to others that are on a waiting list

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


Thursday 8th March 2018

13:30 to 16:30


The Faith House

Holton Lee, Holton Heath

BH16 6JN

Funded by