Workshops and Events

We delivered  164 workshops between 2017 to 2019, exceeding the target output that was in our Arts Council England bid which was 141 workshops and sessions.

Totalling to 746.5 hours of support from Culture+ team.

Under this measurement we included talks, gatherings, round tables, conferences and discussions. Anything that we worked with more than 1 person.

The shortest time period we ran an event was 2 hours and the longest was 7.5 hours. On average our events ran for 4.5 hours.

To view the workshop and events we ran please visit our Eventbrite page.

141

Target

 

164

 Delivered

 

746.5

Hours

 

 

Almost 80% of participants were willing to pay to attend the workshop.

Satisfactory Level

We are pleased to say that 74% of our participants rated our workshops as Excellent. 

25% of them thought that our session were Good.

WHAT WAS THE BEST PART OF THE WORKSHOP?

"I learnt so much - it has instilled a lot of confidence and I feel ready for the next step"

Participant of Artist Business Plan Workshop

"Very professional and informative. Practical tips from experienced people."

Participant of Approaching Galleries with Craft Council

"The session were almost 1-to-1 and I managed to almost finish my website in the 2 session."

Participant of Website Building

"Meeting people and problem solving"

Participant of  Working With Schools

The most common response to the question: What is the best thing about the workshop? includes the words such as “Information”, “Practical Advice”, “Useful” and “Relevant” There are also good reviews on the people who ran the workshops.

Some people also mentioned that “Meeting other artists” as another highlight of participating in the events.

WHAT COULD WE DO TO MAKE THE WORKSHOP BETTER?

“Longer time”, “More time” or “Make it longer”, was the general sentiment from quite a few workshops we ran, some of which were already running for a full day from 10am to 5pm.

The other common answers to this question is either “Nothing”or about the room or the venues we were holding the workshop in. Other responses included overheating, under heating, not enough light, cost of parking and others.

"Having more time to digest ideas and information"

Participant of Business Planning for Artists

"More detail - working through an application as a group"

Participant of Project Funding and Ideas

"Nothing - may be follow-up surgeries to get started."

Participant of Event Promotion & Social media

"Temperature of room"

Participant of  Customer Care

Locations

To ensure easy access, to we delivered each workshop at least three times in three different locations across Dorset. Choosing accessible venues owned by charities or communities, with parking and good WIFI.

Day and Time

The events were mostly held mid-week on Tuesday or Thursday. We ran some on Saturday and Sunday, although we found that people were more likely to drop out in the last minute on these days.

Longer workshops usually ran between 10am to 5pm. Only a few events happened after 5pm.

Increase in knowledge, skills and understanding

We asked participants how much have their knowledge, skills and understanding increased as a result of the event.

78% participants felt that their knowledge increased considerably to significantly.

Only 3.74% participants felt that our event have minimum impact to them.

Increase in Confidence

We asked participants how much has their confidence increased as a result of the event. What we meant in this is their confidence in doing the activities that the workshop and or event were promoting, for example: their confidence in developing their social media activity.

66.49% participants felt that their knowledge increased considerably to significantly.

Although we have more of those who think that their confidence has only somewhat increased, 27.66%, we had 1,6% who did not think their confidence increased at all.

Feel more connected

Similar to the other questions, participants generally saw hat the workshops were connecting them to the arts and culture network further.

With 66.31% felt this considerably to significantly, 23.53% somewhat and no one said that the event does not at all connect them with others.

Challenges

  • Finding the right place to pitch the sessions at the right level to the participants.
  • Deciding on the right location, with limited available accessible venues.
  • Most of our courses and workshops were transferable between art forms, however some times participants needed more detailed support that links  to a particular art form
  • Attending the workshop quite often did not result in an action by participant
  • As the sessions were free we had almost 20% drop-out. On average we have a capacity and booking of 16 people and on average we had 11 participants attending. People seemed to be less committed to attending the session because they were free.

What we learnt

  • The need for sector development workshops and courses is still strong
  • Artists and creatives in Dorset benefited from the interaction with each other through workshops and events
  • Eventbrite as a platform is easy to use and is reaching people who are not aware of us or the programme
  • If we are to look for similar funding, we would ask our funder to allow us to charge a cancellation fee for not turn ups
  • Extensive courses are better, people need longer time to develop

Where did we get our data?

The data  shown here were taken from 732 evaluation forms completed by participants after each of our workshops

In the more recent 190 forms we added  in a few questions to the form including the level of confidence, knowledge, feeling of being more connected and their future plans.

 

This report is part of Culture+ Project Report

Culture+ is a free programme of activities that supported artists, creatives, arts and cultural organisations to thrive in Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. From March 2017 to October 2019.

Funded by the Arts Council England (ACE) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).